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    Book request
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2007 Dec 21, 23:40 -0000

    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). It has lost 
    its hard-back, is starting to come unbound, the pages are grubby and 
    dog-eared, and it will need a full rebind and recase to make it readable 
    again. Locally, there are good bookbinders who will do that job, for a 
    respectable sum.
    What's important is the all the text-pages appear to be intact, and there's 
    only one page missing, that matters. That's the frontispiece, opposite the 
    title page, which should carry an engraving of her "Mariner's Calculator". 
    There's a copy of that engraving, in fig. 9.9 of Cotter's "A History of the 
    Navigator's Sextant", but it's a rather fuzzy one, and I'm looking for a 
    better copy, that I can add back in to the book when it's rebound. Her 
    mariner's calculator appears to be some sort of  combined observing 
    instrument with analogue calculator, of some complexity, for resolving 
    spherical problems. It  seems rather like a precise Vernier version of the 
    ancient armillary.
    So, what I'm looking out for is a digitised version of the book, just for 
    that picture, which I can print out and reintroduce to the book. Does anyone 
    know of the existence of, or possess, any edition of Janet Taylors book, in 
    digitised format? Or perhaps the book itself, with the ability to scan or 
    copy that one picture. I could ask at our Oxford library, but they don't 
    allow me to take such a book to the photcopier, any more. Any help would be 
    In the same shop, I found another bargain. The Times World Atlas, the 
    single-volume version, in enormous format, and perfect condition, from 1980, 
    for �5! So I am feeling rather pleased.
    contact George Huxtable at george---.u-net.com
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
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