A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: David C
Date: 2017 Feb 8, 20:50 -0800
Are there any other sets of tables in use athe time that might get the moniker "epitome". There's Bowditch but it was a British expedition. As Lars notes he could have had an edition that combined text and tables. Maybe he just thought of the tables as the epitome volume 2,
What did Worsley mean by "epitome"? I know that some books of the period used the word epitome in the title. Maybe Worsley was not using it in that sense. One meaning is "summary" so was he using epitome to simply mean reference book or volume? If so we need to make a list of all books likely to be carried by a British navigator of that period, not just ones with "epitome" in the title.
The obvious ones are Norie, Inmans (RN only?) and Raper. Textbooks of the period often include long lists of other works issued by the publisher. I am sure a long list could be created. Were there any gazetteers other than those in Norie and Raper?
Raper (1902) and Norie (1918) do not (as far as I can tell) contain any reference to Cape Belsham. Both volumes mention Elephant Island Summit:
Norie (1918) 61° 11' S 54° 50' W
Raper (1902) 61° 6' S 54° 45' W
Raper uses a complicated coding system to describe locations. Elephant Island includes "E.sum" which I interpret as summit on the eastern end of the island but I am not sure. Didn't Wilkes mention the eastern end of the island? Apologies if this has already been covered in what is a long series of threads (-;