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Taking the Stars is 240 pages with 198 illustrations; 120 are color photographs. The book is written in an easy-to-read style. It will be of interest to the backyard navigator, the collector, the dealer or the curator of scientific instruments; the yachter, or anyone who has ever held a sextant and marveled at its elegantly functional simplicity.  A special chapter deals with aircraft navigation instruments.

"Peter Ifland has produced a wonderfully readable and remarkably thorough account of the history of sextants and other instruments for celestial navigation."
Dr. Deborah Jean Warner, Curator, Physical Sciences,
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

"Dr. Ifland's evidence and information is presented on three levels through superbly detailed photographs of the instruments, via documentary history of their development, and in lucid and comprehensive instructions for the practical use of each instrument."
Prof. Allan Chapman, Wardham College, Oxford