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    Re: Cotter's "History of Nautical Astronomy"
    From: Nicolàs de Hilster
    Date: 2006 Nov 28, 09:52 +0100
    Hi George,

    thanks for mentioning that and the list with corrections. The book I ordered was however "History of the Navigator's Sextant". I did not yet receive this book, it is due to arrive later this week or beginning next week.

    I am not sure if I will buy "History of Nautical Astronomy" as well, but if I do I will certainly keep the list in mind.

    Being not completely informed about the author, I wonder if he is still amidst us and if so, if he ever has been given the chance to respond to the errors found (I guess it is 'no' twice).

    Do you create lists like these on other books as well?


    George Huxtable wrote:
     "Nicolàs de Hilster" <nicolas_navlist@dehilster.info>
    wrote in  [NavList 1766] Re: "Hints to Travellers" on Google Books
    about Abebooks-
    "I use this site at a regular basis to expand my collection of
    books (like Waters, May, Cotter etc.), really supurb site!"
    I agree, about Abebooks.
    Cotter wrote several books on nautical topics, but if the Cotter
    Nicolas refers to is his "History of Nautical Astronomy", then Nicolàs
    should take warning. It is indeed a very useful work, with lots of
    references and accounts of various techniques, but on the
    technical/mathematical side he seems to have been frequently out of
    his depth. As a result, it is riddled with errors, unfortunately.
    Jan Kalivoda and I have assembled a list of known or suspected errors,
    available at-
    This is intended for a Cotter-owner to keep with his copy.
    No doubt a fellow with the knowledge of Nicolàs de Hilster will
    discover further errors, and if so, I ask that he communicates them to
    me, to add to that list. And also, of course, if he thinks that any of
    our "suspected errors" are unjustified.
    contact George Huxtable at george@huxtable.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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