The USNO Copy of Nathaniel Bowditch
The New American Practical Navigator
The U.S. Naval Observatory copy of the first edition "Bowditch" has the imprint "Printed at Newburyport, (Mass.) 1802, by Edmund M. Blunt, (Proprietor) For Brown & Stansbury, New York." The manuscript signature of the original owner appears to be James "Horvey"or "Horry". On the leaf facing the back cover, it has in manuscript "Bought by James Ho--- New York July 12th AD, 1804". On the verso of this leaf in manuscript is "Sailed from New York for Spain June 1805." A more recent bookplate in the front of the book states "Navigation Library of George W. Mixter". George Webber Mixter (1876-1947) wrote several books on navigation including "Primer of Navigation" which was published in several editions. There is no record of when this book first came to the Naval Observatory Library. The Library owns most of the later editions of Bowditch up to the present time.
Bowditch (1773-1838) was still alive when the U. S. Navy's Depot of Charts and Instruments, forerunner of the U. S. Naval Observatory, was founded in 1830.
VK 555 .B78 1802 19th
The new American practical navigator : being an epitome of navigation, containing all the
tables necessary to be used with the Nautical almanac, in determining the latitude, and the
longitude by lunar observations, and keeping a complete reckoning at sea ... the whole
exemplified in a journal, kept from Boston to Madeira, in which all the rules of navigation
are introduced : to which are added some general instructions and information ... relative
to maritime laws and mercantile customs ... with a number of new tables, with original
improvements and additions ... / 1st ed. / by Nathaniel Bowditch.
Bowditch, Nathaniel, 1773-1838.
Newburyport, (Mass.) : Printed ... by Edmund M. Blunt (proprietor) for Brown & Stansbury, New York, 1802.
589 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm.
Other titles: American practical navigator
Notes: 1. Another issue of the 1st ed. has imprint: Newburyport, Mass., Printed by E.M. Blunt for W.R. Wilder,
Newport, 1802. - Date cataloged: January 23, 1995.
1. Navigation 2. Nautical astronomy 3. Navigation -- Tables