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    Re: Charles Cotter's "History of Nautical Astronomy"
    From: Aubrey O?Callaghan
    Date: 2003 Mar 25, 10:00 +0000

    Cotter also wrote: "Elements of Navigation and Nautical Astronomy"
    Do you know anything about this book ?
    At 09:20 25-03-03, you wrote:
    >Bill Allen said-
    > >Hi guys,
    > >
    > >A while back several of us were trying to get hold of a copy of Charles
    > >Cotter's classic book on celestial navigation techniques, entitled "A
    > >History of Nautical Astronomny."  I have arranged to get copies of this
    > >book and if anyone is still interested in a copy, they should contact me
    > >privately on my email address:
    > >
    > >allen@globemarkets.com
    > >
    > >It really is a fantastic book and puts into perspective all of the
    > >different techniques of celestial navigation.
    > >
    > >Bill Allen
    >Comment from George-
    >That's really interesting news. I agree with Bill Allen's evaluation of the
    >book. It's long out of print, and very hard to find now on the secondhand
    >market. It goes deeply into its subject, so readers have to be prepared to
    >cope with some trigonometry. Most satisfying as a book to have on your
    >shelf. Mine gets taken down often, and has no time to gather dust.
    >However, it's somewhat marred by a prevalence of errors and misprints. With
    >Jan Kalivoda's help I have listed those errors I know about in a posting on
    >this list dated 8 Jan 03, subject: "Errors in Cotter's book, updated",
    >which should be findable on the list's archive. If anyone asks, I will
    >repost it. It lists some passages that are obviously wrong, and others that
    >the reader should treat with suspicion.
    >I have discovered no more errors since, but I understand that Jan has, and
    >I hope that between us we can agree on posting a further update to the
    >Nav-Llist before very long.
    >Because we have found such a number, I have little doubt others must
    >remain, lurking undetected, so far. I urge any reader discovering or
    >suspecting further errors to contact me, or Jan, or post directly to the
    >Certainly, these problems detract from the usefulness of Cotter's book, and
    >it's a shame that he wasn't more careful. It seems to have been put
    >together in rather a hurry. However, such errors are neutralised once
    >they're known about, and I suggest to any owner or reader of Cotter that he
    >prints those pages off and slips them into the book, as I have.
    >In spite of these faults, Cotter's book is a wonderful compilation of stuff
    >you won't find anywhere else, and I urge readers of this list to take up
    >Bill's offer.
    >To avoid confusion, be aware that Cotter wrote several other books,
    >including a history of the navigator's sextant, coastal navigation,
    >oceanography. We are referring here to "A History of Nautical Astronomy".
    >George Huxtable.
    >contact George Huxtable by email at george@huxtable.u-net.com, by phone at
    >01865 820222 (from outside UK, +44 1865 820222), or by mail at 1 Sandy
    >Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.

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