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    Re: What's on your bookshelf?
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2006 Sep 11, 13:28 -0500

    Chuck Taylor and "dw" (Dan D Walden, at a guess?) have provided us
    with interesting lists of the contents of their navigational

    Which brings to find a few questions.

    Both mention Cugle's "Practical Navigation", a work that doesn't seem
    to be common on my side of the Atlantic. It has been mentioed before
    on this list, or its predecessor. I would welcome an assessment, from
    anyone that owns a copy, to decide whether it's worth firing up
    Abebooks to search for a copy.

    Chuck mentions Cotter's "The complete Nautical Astronomer", of 1969. I
    have several Cotter books, but hadn't come across that one. Is it
    worth looking out for? Is it reliable?

    Cotter's "History of Nautical Astronomy" (1968) is on both lists, and
    on my bookshelf too. It's a valuable work, describing many methods
    without avoiding the mathematics (as so many others do). However, it
    contains many serious technical errors, as I have pointed out a number
    of times. Jan Kalivoda and I have collaborating in providing a list of
    known or suspected errors, with help from Herbert Prinz, which we
    think should be useful to anyone who owns that book. It can be found


    I would be interested to find out more about Dutton's "Navigation and
    Nautical Astronomy" (1942) and to what extent it differs fron Dutton's
    "Navigation and Piloting" (1985). Chuck has both of these. I have the
    1969 edition of "Navigation and Piloting".

    contact George Huxtable at george@huxtable.u-net.com
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.

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