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    Re: What's on your bookshelf?
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2006 Sep 13, 14:55 -0500

    dw wrote-
    | I must respectfully disagree.  I have found Cugle's very
    | It does not give derivations or much theory, but it does have worked
    | examples and "rules" for a great many navigation calculations, some
    | common, some esoteric.
    | And since, as below from abebooks, it can be had for a total of only
    | (in the US) why not give it a chance?
    | dw
    | (I'd buy a copy for George just to hear his opinion.  Address?)


    Well, that is a kind thought, but I must decline that generous offer,
    with regret. Let me explain the problem-

    I am having to be awfully selective about what books I acquire. The
    problem is shelf-space, or, ultimately, wall-space. The problem is
    this: we live in a none-too-large bungalow, and the walls are rapidly
    being covered with bookshelves. My wife complains, from time to time,
    as our living-space between the books shrinks further, that it's like
    living in a public library or a secondhand bookshop. I counter, that
    she is responsible for acquiring almost as many books as I am. Between
    us, we have a wide range of interests, and we both have a weakness for
    acquiring secondhand books, and a terrible reluctance to get rid of
    any. Recently my favourite maritime bookseller retired from the trade,
    and offered his stock at half-price; so several purchases, in an
    instant, cancelled out much of the latest shelving I had put up.

    So far, my wife has managed to insist that our own bedroom is kept
    free from shelving, though the guest-room now has not an inch of
    wall-space left.

    As well as navigation and astronomy and maritime history and
    instruments, which you might expect, there's a lot of stuff on
    archaeology, on gardening and botany, on steam technology, small-boat
    cruising, whaling, exploration (particularly Arctic and Pacific, a
    special interest of my wife). Perhaps 3,000 books or so; I've never
    got round to counting up. Not much fiction, however. No books are
    collected with an eye to appreciating value, just for reference and
    reading, when we get time to do it.

    So, to those of you that enjoy acquiring books, let our example be a
    Dreadful Warning to you. Unless you live in a mansion, with space for
    a real library, resist the temptation. If you can.

    Yours, George.

    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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