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    Two books on Sextants.
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2008 Dec 14, 15:20 -0000

    There are two books on sextants, new and forthcoming.
    
    The first one, "The Naked Nautical Sextant and its intimate anatomy", by 
    Bill Morris, is an e-book, not available in print,. It's out already and you 
    could have it in your stocking by Christmas. Probably a bit late, now, for 
    getting the CD version by post, at $US 32.95, but a download of 12 Megabytes 
    is available for $US 24.95.
    
    I've had a bit of involvement in its error-checking, which rather 
    disqualifies me from doing a proper independent review, so all I will say is 
    this- It deals with maritime sextants of all types and many makes, going 
    into great detail about the way they are constructed and the techniques for 
    overhaul, in a wholly practical manner. It will meet the needs of anyone who 
    likes to tinker, as well as those who just like to know how things work and 
    why.
    
    It's superbly illustrated by lots of high-definition colour pics, which can 
    be seen on screen in more detail than would have been possible in a printed 
    book. Nevertheless, as a devotee of the printed page, I prefer something to 
    hold in my hand rather than read on a screen.
    
    Members of Navlist will by now be familiar with the well-informed postings 
    of Bill Morris, who on email signs himself "engineer". You can find more 
    details, and some interesting material from the book, on www.sextantbook.com
    
    ==============================
    
    The second work on sextants isn't out yet, but is promised for February. 
    It's "Sextants at Greenwich", by W F J Morzer-Bruyns, and will be published 
    by Oxford University Press, hardback, 336 pages. Willem has been working at 
    Greenwich on their sextant collection for a couple of years, since retiring 
    from the Amsterdam Maritime Museum. It's the biggest and best collection in 
    the World, and Willem is well qualified to tackle it, describing each 
    object. I'm looking forward to its appearance, but (here's the bad news) the 
    publisher's price is �120, so I may have to read it in a library.
    
    George.
    
    contact George Huxtable, now at george@hux.me.uk
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK. 
    
    
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