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    Re: Chauvenet
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2004 Sep 17, 09:35 +0100

    Yesterday I wrote-
    >I've just discovered an interesting 20-page pamphlet by Chauvenet,
    >"Astronomy, comprising suggestions to U.S. naval officers, bearing on
    >points connected with nautical astronomy, astronomical geography, and
    >general astronomy", dated 1868.
    and Dan Allen asked-
    "Where did you discover this pamphlet?"
    It was in a catalogue of secondhand maritime books that I get sent
    regularly by McLaren Books, of Glasgow. It cost me ?12 (about $20).
    It seems never to have been properly bound, just the 20 pages (1 to 20)
    stitched together, and a modern paper cover has then been glued over the
    binding to make it look a bit more respectable. There's no sign of it being
    pages extracted from a larger work. It came from the Government Printing
    Office, in Washington.
    I speculate that possibly, these Navy Scientific Papers were not available
    to the public as a publication, but printed for issue to US Navy officers,
    perhaps those graduating through college. Alex Eremenko usefully tells us
    that Chauvenet had previously been head of the shore Naval School in
    Philadelphia, so he knew what was needed..
    It would be interesting to learn more about those Navy Scientific Papers.
    If we can judge them by No 1, they were of very high quality.
    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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