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    Re: Book request
    From: Frank Reed CT
    Date: 2007 Dec 21, 18:29 -0800

    George, you wrote:
    "Browsing in my local secondhand bookshop today, I made a pleasant
    find. A
    copy of Janet Taylor's "The Principles of Navigation Simplified", 4th
    edition, 1840, in absolutely terrible condition. Not that I'm
    complaining
    about that condition, because it cost me only �10 (about $20)."
    
    Not bad at all!
    
    The 3rd edition, from 1837, is available on google books here:
    http://books.google.com/books?id=VAUHAAAAQAAJ
    
    The scan is of a copy from the Bodleian Library, according to the
    stamp on the second page. The plate you're looking for is there, but
    it's a very basic scan. The entire book can be downloaded as a PDF (36
    megabytes). You can also grab that single page. I'll try to attach it
    in a follow-up message.
    
    While I'm at it a number of other interesting 19th century navigation
    manuals have recently become available on google books: Riddle, 1824;
    Raper, 1840; and Bowditch 1821, 1826*, 1846, 1854, 1906* (* the 1826
    and 1906 have been available for about two years, the others are more
    recent). I posted a more complete list a few months ago. I'll try to
    update that soon. Quite a few historical nautical almanacs have been
    added, too. There are literally dozens in the period from 1767 to 1900
    though it takes some creative searching to find them all. There are
    also at least a half-dozen French nautical almanacs (Connaissance des
    Temps, but spelled differently in the 18th century) including one from
    1749.
    
    -FER
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