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The Nautical Almanac, Part 1, and the Abridged Nautical Almanac, 1892 - 1957

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 104

Scope and Contents

RGO 104 contains the complete series of the 'Nautical Almanac, Part 1' and the 'Abridged Nautical Almanac' for the years 1896 to 1959, printed by H.M. Stationery Office, London/Edinburgh.


  • Creation: 1892 - 1957


Conditions Governing Access

From the Management Group:

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Biographical / Historical

During the late nineteenth century, the Nautical Almanac Office concluded that the 'Nautical Almanac' contained much information that was of little relevance to the practical navigator. As a consequence, from 1896 onwards, Part I, containing the navigational data, was published as a separate volume. In 1914 this publication became the 'Nautical Almanac, Abridged for the Use of Seamen', which was specially designed for navigation. Alterations were made to the series in 1929, and again in 1952, when it was renamed the 'Abridged Nautical Almanac'. From 1958 the publication was produced jointly with the Nautical Almanac Office, United States Naval Observatory. In 1960 it reverted to the original title of the 'Nautical Almanac'.


92 volume(s) : paper

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The volumes were formerly the property of H.M. Nautical Almanac Office, with the exception of several duplicates belonging to the Royal Geographical Society, London, which are identified in the catalogue.

Related Materials

The editions of this series from its reversion to the title 'Nautical Almanac' in 1960 can be found in RGO 180. Editions of the 'Nautical Almanac' for 1767-1959 (containing the contents of Parts I and II) can be found in RGO 28.


This description was created by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives and amended by Emma Saunders in 2019. The publication's history was compiled with reference to the website of H.M. Nautical Almanac Office (


Nautical Almanac Office; United States Naval Observatory

Finding aid date

2007-05-30 08:59:20+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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