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    Re: Coverage of lunars in Bowditch
    From: Dan Allen
    Date: 2001 Jul 22, 3:27 PM

    Oops, $10 for a 1917 is a bit low.  My memory was wrong.  I looked
    up what I've paid for my editions of Bowditch's American Practical
    Navigator (the title has changed quite a bit over the years):
    1811    $150.00
    1832    $150.00
    1841    $160.00
    1864    $285.00
    1868    $125.00
    1888    $100.00
    1917    $50.00
    1918    $20.00
    1918    $25.00
    1919    $25.00
    1929    $21.00
    1936    $10.00
    1936    $11.00
    1939    $12.00
    1939    $20.00
    1943    $20.00
    1958    $20.00
    1962    $21.00
    1966    $20.00
    1966    $20.00
    1977    $50.00
    1981    $18.75
    1984    $18.75
    1995    $22.00
    These editions may be worth more or less than what I paid, and of
    course they are in differing condition.
    I've seen a first edition for sale, but $5,000 is way too much to
    pay.  My 1811 is a third edition, which is close. My goal is to
    get one from each decade, so I've got a few more to find.
    -----Original Message-----
    From  Navigation Mailing List
    Sent: Sunday, July 22, 2001 2:09 PM
    Subject: Re: Coverage of lunars in Bowditch
    Good points.
    You can pick up World War I (1917-1919) editions easily and you should
    not have to pay more than $10.  The editions from 1936 to 1943 are
    also quite plentiful, but editions in the 1870s until 1917 are quite
    scarce.  I have never seen a 1914 edition for example.
    -----Original Message-----
    From  Navigation Mailing List
    [mailto:NAVIGATION-L@LISTSERV.WEBKAHUNA.COM]On Behalf Of Herbert Prinz
    Sent: Sunday, July 22, 2001 12:12 PM
    Subject: Re: Coverage of lunars in Bowditch
    I checked with Bowditch 1966, Article 126, p.45, where it says: "An
    explanation of the lunar distance method, and tables for its use, were
    carried in the American Practical Navigator until 1914."
    Appearently, there is room for interpretation as to whether the "until"
    is inclusive or not. Maybe somebody with access to a 1914 edition (if
    there is any!) can do a first hand check.
    It should also be pointed out that the first edition of  "The New
    American Practical Navigator" came out in 1802. (The book of 1799 that
    the quote below must be referring to was called "The New Practical
    Navigator" and was Bowditch's corrected version of Moore's "The
    Practical Navigator". I am mentioning this not to nit-pick, but because
    of its relevance to the lunar method: I think it was the first edition
    from 1802 of his _own_ book where Bowditch simplified the L.D. (and
    other things)  to the extent that would lay the basis for the myth that
    even his cook could reduce an L.D.
    Herbert Prinz (from 1368950/-4603950/4182550 ECEF)
    Dan Allen wrote:
    >  In the book entitled "History and Bibliography of The New American
    > Practical Navigator and The American Coast Pilot" by John F. Campbell
    > (Peabody Museum, Salem, MA: 1964), it says in part on page 119:
    > [...]
    >      In 1914, Bowditch was again revised and improved.  In charge
    >      of this revision was Lieutenant G. W. Logan, USN.  A sign of
    >      the changing times is noted in this revision, as the chapter
    >      on lunar observations was finally excluded.  It had been a
    >      part of the work since it was first printed in 1799.

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