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    Re: Old Navigation Book
    From: Peter Smith
    Date: 1997 Aug 12, 7:23 AM

    On Sat 09 Aug 1997 11:06:14 -0700, Gordon Talge  said:
    >
    > Found an old navigation book at a used book store the other
    > day. Wonder if any one knows anything about it.
    >
    > The name of the book is: "The Practical Navigator, and Seaman's
    > New Daily Assistant. Being an Epitome of Navigation" by
    >
    > John Hamilton Moore, 9th Edition, London, 1791. ( That's right
    > 1791 )
    
    COOL!
    
    Moore's _Navigator_ was the standard English-language work on navigation
    in the latter 18th century.  First edition was 1772.  Edmund Blunt of
    Newburyport, Massachusetts printed two American editions of Moore, with
    corrections and an addition chapter on longitude by lunar distance
    contributed by Nathanial Bowditch.  Over time, Bowditch found so many
    errors in Moore's calculations that he completely re-calculated and re-
    wrote the work, published by Blunt in 1802 as _The New American Practical
    Navigator_.
    --
    Peter Smith -- psmith{at}wellspring.us.dg.com
    Data General Corp., Westboro, Massachusetts  (for whom I do not speak)
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