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    Re: Lunars in 1766
    From: Alexandre Eremenko
    Date: 2004 Oct 2, 04:24 -0500

    Dear George,
    Thank you for your interesting remarks.
    The differences you notice between my
    Russian book and your English one indicate
    that we are discussing translations of two
    different books: the extended log and
    the book published in 1771.
    Your book does not claim to be a translation
    of this 1771 book, does it?
    I doubt that the Russians translated a pirate edition.
    The translators and editors seem to be professional
    though they were not experts in navigation. They clearly claim
    that the translation was made from the first edition of 1771,
    they also say that during Bougainville's life the book
    was published several times, second edition in 1772
    and several abridged editions. They also say that Bougenville
    made corrections and additions in the subsequent editions,
    and cite some of these additions in the commentraies.
    They reproduce Bougenville's original maps (but not a map of the
    vicinity of Magellan strait), and include a long list of experts
    who read and corrected the translation.
    The experts were in zoology, botany and ethnography, but not
    in navigation.
    But they included a table of
    French measures from which follows that 1 sazhen=6 feet=1.852 m,
    and 1 league=1/25 of a degree of meridian=4.445 km.
    (I did not notice this table yesterday).
    A list of islands discovered by Bougainville
    is added. The list was composed by the first Russian
    circumnavigator, Captn Krusenstern.
    A good map of the region near Magellan strait would be helpful
    indeed in understanding Bougainville's way
    and observations. All I have is a World atlas.

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