filling in the blanks

As mentioned in the Elluminate session last night 5/3/11 there were several areas on this blog that did not go into enough detail, although it seemed not much more could be added. So here we go…

Rubrication/ Decoration/ Illumination Painting: Does not apply for this style of book. None of these are included.

For a manual for military it seemed that illumination and rubrication would be lost on a new naval recruit. This is is a training manual and although there are many visuals that could be considered decoration but there is nothing to elaborate..

Incipit/ explicit. No standard for of this unless you include the new update to each new revision of editions.

loved working through the bluejacket’s manual and analyzing this piece of history from a different perspective.

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Book Study of “Bluejackets’ Manual 1940, tenth edition”
John Macomber
San Jose State University
Professor Wrenn-Estes
LIBR 280-12
April 24, 2011

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The Bluejackets’ Manual 1940: 10th edition

April 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Title: The Bluejackets’ Manual, United States Navy, 1940 10 edition. Apostrophe after the s. Later editions and the newest edition now has the Bluejacket’s Manual

Printer: United States Naval Institute
Publisher: United States Naval Institute





Place of Publication: Annapolis, Maryland

Author: None Listed, Although the original first print of the Navy Bluejacket’s Manual in 1902 was done by Lieutenant Ridley McLean, USN revised by Lieutenant R. Z. Johnson U.S.N.

Ridley McLean

Introduction: Yes, to each new revision of the Navy Bluejacket’s Manual there is information about what the new edition has changed.

Context: 1940, Nazi Germany is on the rise in Europe and has already invaded Poland; Germany signed a non-aggression Pact with Soviet Russia and Japan. The United States is split and many believe we should not enter the war. For those entering the navy during this time of indecision this would have been there manual. The flags are updated and show the flags of Nazi Germany.
flags on plate I
Incipit and Explicit: None listed.

Colophon: No standard colophon in the back, the other side of the title page is:

Copyright 1938, 1939, 1940
U.S Naval Institute
Annapolis, Maryland

in the front there a forward to the 10th edition. Use of a new typesetting is mentioned for clearness of print.  (On pg. vi)

size: 7½” x 5¼” x 1½”

Collation Paper
: “784 pages including a table of contents, 7 page color plate appendix, divided into 7 parts with 59 chapters. No watermarks.” – Bluejackets’ Fan page

format  / Page layout: Text uses the majority of the paper. Space for empty half inch on end and 3/4 inch on bottom


Follation/Pagination: Drop folios, only on chapter openings are the page numbers on the bottom. Otherwise consecutively listed on the top.
xi pages starting roman numeral. Chapter 1 starts on page 3. Page 1 the national anthem, page 2:


Printer’s Device: All hands to Turn to pg. 211 Chapter 24 Events in the daily Routine getting a sample of the font. In both Italics and regualr font it is very close to the common Garamond computer serif font.

Color Printing: Yes, several of the fold outs and guides in the manual have color printing. A total of seven plates or color pages follow after the table of contents. There are several foldouts within the book.

Rubrication/ Decoration/ Illumination Painting: Does not apply for this style of book. None of these are included.

Binding: blue flexible cloth, gilt lettering for the front
cheaper to use cloth for this manual rather than leather as these were being mass produced in the thousands. These were also going into sailors duffels so they were going to be bent out of shape and worn and used very harshly so the pages flip easily, bends well and has not fallen apart over the last 70+ years. Many of these still exist on cost about $4-5 and stay in relatively good shape. Naval Institute did a great job with binding.

Endleaves and Flyleaves: Flyleaves and endleaves. Endleaf has a pastedown. Front one heavy page same as pastedown binding. In back a heavy page and regular page. So at least one blank page in front and and back.

Conclusion/ Summary: This project was not easy and I was having a hard time finding people who knew about the material. Several weeks ago I had contacted Thomas J Cutler the current author of the Bluejacket’s manual and received no reply back. I used Robert Weenink as a source as his website the fan page to the Bluejacket’s Manual was very helpful but over email was no help at all.

Enjoyed this project but without help of those in the field it was not easy to put this project together. Also surprised with so many naval cadets that write reports on navy books I was surprised not to find any example work about the bluejacket’s manual on the web.

Reference pages: See resources page

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1940 my copy

March 31, 2011 Leave a comment

distinguishing markings. Library stamp for my library PERRIS

On binding the name: Ezekiel E. Farmer

below that:

Great Lakes, Ill
Madison, Wis.
Memphis, Tenn.

probably different camps in the states where he was stationed.

his initials on the pages formed together on the side E.E.F

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Introduction- 1940 10 ed. first page

March 30, 2011 Leave a comment


Washington, D.C.

The Bluejacket’s Manual, originally prepared in 1902 by Lieutenant Ridley McLean, United States Navy, and revised in 1914, 1916, 1922, and 1927, has been revised again by the United States Naval Institute as authorized and approved by the Bureau of Navigation. The training courses of the Bureau of Navigation have furnished a medium for issuing information of a specialized or technical character to the service. The purpose of this revision has been to modernize the manual so that it agrees in substance with the latest training courses and includes such information as would tend to make an able seaman and a thorough man-o’war’s man.
The Manual is divided in the following parts:
Part I. For the recruit.
Part. II. (A to N) The subjects which every man on board ship should know.
Part III. Rudimentary seamanship and gunnery.
Part IV. Advanced seamanship and gunnery.
Part V. Physical drills.
Part VI. Landing force.
Part VII. Miscellaneous.

The chapters in the Bluejackets’ Manual which give the details of the manual of arms infantry artillery, extended order, and landing force are sections of the revised Landing Force Manual which have not yet been printed.

William D Leahy


March, 1938

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Why Bluejacket’s?

March 30, 2011 Leave a comment

I have a navy past, my father was a sailor (vietnam vet.) and after 28 years to the rank of senior chief. 4 years active 24 as reserve.

My mother’s father was also Navy during WWII and the Bluejacket’s Manual of 1940 was what was assigned to the new enlisted men during World War II. In fact his copy is still at my parents house.

Since I didn’t want to effect or leaf through that copy with my research I was fortunate enough to have a copy at my library in Perris, CA. Since all new enlistees would have been given a copy of this book it is not rare and can be found for about $4-5 online.

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Some music…

March 30, 2011 Leave a comment

The unofficial song for veterans coming home. “Sentimental Journey” by Doris Day. 1944. Like playing music of the period while working on these type of assignments, gets me in the mood to write.

press play on the youtube video and then read the posts

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