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Edition History with notes

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Ed. Year Editor/s Publisher/s Printings
Date
Pages *Used
Value $
Notes
1st 1902 Ridley McLean U. S. Naval Institute, Annapolis     304 750-1500 Printed 3000 copies
Envelope style cover
Copyright 1902 Lieut E. L. Beach
Editor, Lieutenant McLean later Rear Admiral McLean
1st-R 1902 Ridley McLean U. S. Naval Institute, Annapolis     304 150+ Envelope style cover.
Reprint of 1978
ISBN 0870211072
2nd 1903 Ridley McLean U. S. Naval Institute, Annapolis     391 250+ Envelope style cover.
Copyright 1903 Prof P. R. Alger
  1904 Ridley McLean U. S. Naval Institute, Annapolis     391 250+ Envelope style cover marked 1904
Revised and Enlarged
Copyright 1903 Prof P. R. Alger
Price $1.25
  1905 Ridley McLean U. S. Naval Institute, Annapolis     391 250+ Envelope style cover marked 1904
Copyright 1905 Prof P. R. Alger
Index and individual chapter table of contents
Lord Baltimore Press, Baltimore     391 250+ Cover marked 1904
Copyright 1905 and contents 1905
  1907 R. Z. Johnson U. S. Naval Institute, Annapolis       250+ Revised and enlarged 1907
Copyright 1907 Prof P. R. Alger
  1908 I. J. Ziegemeier U. S. Naval Institute, Annapolis     407 250+ Envelope style cover and book style.
Revised and enlarged 1908
Copyright 1908 Prof P. R. Alger
Book published by USNI, printed by Lord Baltimore Press.
Table of contents.
Price $1.25
  1911 R. Z. Johnson U. S. Naval Institute, Annapolis     407 200+ Revised and enlarged 1910
Copyright 1911 Prof P. R. Alger
Table of contents
Envelope style cover and book style
Price $1.25 Postage $0.50 extra
  1913 Ralph Earle U. S. Naval Institute, Annapolis     407 200+ Revised and Enlarged
Copyright 1913 Ralph Earle
Table of contents
Envelope style cover
  1913 Various Officers of the Service U. S. Naval Institute, Annapolis     407 200+ Revised to September 1913.
Copyright 1913 E. J. King
Table of contents
Book style with hard cover and soft cover editions
Envelope style cover reported
  1914 Bureau of Navigation Franklin Printing, Baltimore     849 200+ Revised April 1914.  "Revised to correspond with the provisions of  General Order No. 63 of December 16, 1913"
Foreword, Josephus Daniels, Secretary of the Navy,
Table of contents.
  1914 Not stated Franklin Printing, Baltimore     849 200+ Five sections published individually each with individual table of contents. No index.
US Naval Academy on the fly page
  1914 Not stated Franklin Printing, Baltimore     849 200+ Five sections published individually each with individual table of contents. No index.
US Naval Militia on the title page. 
Listed as 2nd edition on title page.
  1915 Not stated Franklin Printing, Baltimore     849 200+ Five sections published individually each with individual table of contents. No index.
Listed as 2nd edition on title page.
3rd 1915 Not stated Franklin Printing, Baltimore     849 200+ Revised July 1915.
Foreword, Josephus Daniels, Secretary of the Navy,
Table of contents no index.
Errata sheet of corrections dated November 29, 1915
3rd Edition printed on cover
4th 1916 Navy Department Franklin Printing, Baltimore     821 200+ 1916 Fourth Edition, Revised March 1916
Foreword, Josephus Daniels, Secretary of the Navy
Table of contents no index.
U. S. Naval Institute, Annapolis       200+
  1917 Navy Department Washington Loose Leaf Co. Washington, D.C.       200+ 1917 Fourth Edition, Revised March, 1916. 
5th 1917 Norman R. Van Der Veer Military Publishing Co., New York     821 50+ Fifth Edition, Revised November 1916
Table of contents no index. Size 4x6 inches.
Price $0.75 postpaid.

Variant 1917 5th edition (title page) with a 1918 cover published by Naval Institute.


Franklin Printing, Baltimore     835 50+
U. S. Naval Institute, Annapolis     821 50+
M. B. Brown Printing & Binding Co., New York     835 50+
6th 1918 Norman R. Van Der Veer Edwin N. Appleton, New York     807 35-60 Table of contents no index.
Size 4x6 inches.
Foreword, Josephus Daniels, Secretary of the Navy
The Sherwood Co., New York     807 35-60
Military Publishing Co., New York     821
+index
35-60 Revised November 1916
Foreword, Josephus Daniels, Secretary of the Navy
Addendum 40 page index compiled by H. W. Pinkston
Cover marked - with index
Size 4x6 inches.
Variant published with no index or table of contents.
6th 1922 C. C. Soule, et.al. U.S. Government Printing Office 1922 1 518 100+ Revised September 1922
Retains 6th edition in title. New editor.
Table of contents no index. 
Size 4x6 inches.
Price $1.00.
1924 2 518 100+
7th 1927 Not stated U.S. Government Printing Office 1927 1 958 75-150 Revised May 1927.
1st printing 1927 with three small anchors on fly leaf
USNA edition same as 1st printing 1927.
General edition (2nd print) released 1928 with one anchor
Table of contents no index. 
Size 4x6 inches.
Price $1.50
1928 2 958 50-100
8th 1938 Not stated U. S. Naval Institute, Annapolis 3/38 1 836 50-100 Revised December 1937
1938 printing order - contents, flags, National Anthem. Table of contents no index
1st printing cover has square corners.
3rd printing cover has round corners.
Preface, William D. Leahy, Acting Secretary of the Navy 
Naval Institute sole publisher hence.
5/38 2
6/38 3
9th 1939 Not stated U. S. Naval Institute, Annapolis 3/39 1 834 100+ Revised March 1939.
Marked - First printing March 1938 Revised March 1939
10th 1940 Not stated U. S. Naval Institute, Annapolis 6/40 1 784
+index
3-25 Price $0.90
1940 printing order - index, flag plates, National Anthem
1942 printing order  - National Anthem, flag plates, index
1943 printing order  - National Anthem, flag plates, index.
12/42  
2/43  
6/43  
11th 1943 Edward H. Doolin U. S. Naval Institute, Annapolis 10/43 1 1145
+index
5-25 Rounded corners edition and square corner edition.
Over one million copies.
Price $1.25 postpaid.
1/44  
3/44  
4/44  
12th 1944 Not stated U. S. Naval Institute, Annapolis 1944 1 585
+index
5-25 Rounded corners edition and square corner edition.
Size halved and paper quality diminished
Glossary added
Introduction dated April 1944.
1/45  
13th 1946 Charles R. Ross U. S. Naval Institute, Annapolis 1946 1 622 5-25 Rounded corners edition and square corner edition.
Editors name appears in forward.
14th 1950 Not stated U. S. Naval Institute, Annapolis 1950 3 828 5-25 Foreword, Francis P. Matthews, Secretary Navy
Preface, VADM J. W. Roper, Chief Naval Personnel
Variant issued with buff colored dust jacket in Navy correspondence courses.
Price $3.00
1952 13
1954 18
1956 26
1957 27
15th 1957 John Noel Jr.
Donald A. Franz
William J. Miller
U. S. Naval Institute, Annapolis 1957 1 647 5-25 Preface, VADM Harold P. Smith, Chief Naval Personnel
Library of Congress Catalogue Card No. 3-1595
Price $1.95
Revised 1959 on copyright line of 1959 printings
1958 2
1959 3
1959 5
1959 6
16th 1960 John Noel Jr. U. S. Naval Institute, Annapolis 1960 1 641 5-25 Library of Congress Catalogue Card No. 3-1595
Price $1.95
1961 2
1961 3
1962 4
17th 1963 John Noel Jr.
William J. Miller
U. S. Naval Institute, Annapolis 12/63 1 684 5-25 Library of Congress Catalogue Card No. 3-1595
Price $1.95
11/64 2
08/65 3
02/66 4
12/66 5
10/67 6
18th 1968 Kenneth G. Walsh
Don Gaskill
U. S. Naval Institute, Annapolis 11/68 1 756 5-25 Library of Congress Catalogue Card No. 3-1595
04/69 2 sc
09/69 3 sc
1971  
19th 1973 Arnold S. Lott U. S. Naval Institute, Annapolis 1973 1 617 3-25 Editor's name appears in the acknowledgements of early printings (page xi)
and on the title page in later printings.
Soft cover ISBN 0870211099
03/74 2
05/74 3
09/74 4
04/75 5
10/76 6
05/77 7
11/77 8
20th 1978 Bill Bearden
Bill Wedertz
U. S. Naval Institute, Annapolis 01/78 1 sc 611 3-25 1st to 4th printings have 611 pages
5th to 21st printings have 639 pages
Forward and prefaces change with 5th printing
Soft cover has differing page count
Soft cover ISBN 0870211110
Hard cover ISBN 0870211129
05/74 3 611
06/80 4 611
12/86 4 hc 611
12/80 5 639
06/81 6 639
02/82 7 639
09/82 8 639
06/83 9 sc 639
09/84 11 sc 639
05/85 12 639
10/85 13 639
06/86 14 639
07/86 15 639
01/87 16 sc 639
01/87 16 hc 639
08/87 17 sc 639
02/88 18 639
09/88 19 639
02/89 20 639
08/89 21 sc 639
02/90 22 639
21st 1990 Bill Bearden U. S. Naval Institute, Annapolis 1990 1 773 3-15 Hard cover printings have 773 pages
Soft cover printings have 771 pages
Soft cover ISBN 1557500509
Hard cover ISBN 0870212591
HMCS Lewis reports printings 10-13 all dated April 1997.
02/91 2  
09/91 3  
09/92 4  
08/94
1995
6 sc
6 hc
771
08/94 7 sc  
08/96 7 hc  
09/95 8 sc  
08/96 9 sc  
04/97 10  
04/97 11  
04/97 12  
04/97 13  
22nd 1998 Thomas J. Cutler
Jim Herdt
U. S. Naval Institute, Annapolis 1998 1 648 3-15 Soft cover ISBN 1557500649
Hard cover ISBN 1557500657
HMCS Lewis reports printings 5-7 all dated November 2000
10/99 2
04/00 4
04/00 5
04/00 6
04/00 7
23rd 2002 Thomas J. Cutler U. S. Naval Institute, Annapolis 5/2002 1 648 3-15 Hard cover / Centennial Edition ISBN 1557502218
Soft cover / Centennial Edition ISBN 1557502080
24th 2009 Thomas J. Cutler U. S. Naval Institute, Annapolis 5/2009 1 644 See $ Hard cover ISBN 9781591141532 [Release date 01 May 2009]

Moving Apostrophe.  The apostrophe in Bluejackets has moved at various times. The latest edition is The Bluejacket's Manual.

Edition Numbers.  Early Bluejackets' Manual (BJM) edition numbers present a problem.  The 1903 edition clearly states 2nd edition.  The 1907, 1908, 1910, 1911, two different 1913 versions, and the 1914 version do not state an edition number on the cover or on the title page.   Not until the 1915 BJM does Third Edition boldly appears on the cover.  Yet, in the preface remarks of the 1908 BJM one finds the 1905 BJM referenced as the THIRD EDITION and the 1908 BJM referenced as the FIFTH EDITION.  It appears that these early "editions" are actually revisions, a point made when the revised 1915 BJM is officially titled Third Edition.

Publisher.  The United States Naval Institute, Annapolis, Maryland, holds the copyright on The Bluejacket's Manual.  USNI, under the name Naval Institute Press, published the BJM from 1902 through 1913.  From 1914 through 1937 various publishers are licensed to print the manual.  USNI resumes as sole publisher with the 1938 8th edition.

Printings. Reprint numbers and/or the dates are shown as they are verified.  The USNI provides a list of reprints of the BJM.  Unfortunately, their list does not include all the reprints.  Numerous BJM's viewed show reprint data not found in the USNI list.  Check your edition, and reprint number.  If it is not on the table please send a note to help fill in the blanks and confirm the total number of reprints per edition.  If your BJM does not have a reprint number you can assume it is a first edition as first editions are not otherwise identified. 



Example of reprint data for the 19th edition 1973

USNA and Naval Militia Editions have been found in the 1914 and 1927 BJM.  These appear as an overprint on the title page and some reported as overprint on the front fly leaf.  The Weenick Collection shows an example of the 1914 Naval Militia with an overprint on the title page.

*Used BJM Value.  The used value of specific edition BJM's depends heavily on book condition and the number printed.  The price shown assumes a very good condition book with higher values for excellent items and lower value for good to fair books.   A very good condition book has the covers fully intact, a solid binding, reasonably clean exterior, no loose, torn or missing pages, no markings other than a previous owners name and perhaps military details on the front free end papers. Value drops dramatically with loose bindings and/or pages and with marking to text.  World War I and World War II era BJM's were printed in large quantities and a steady supply is available.  A first printing of each edition will generally be more desirable.  However, there are BJM collectors who not only seek one of every edition, but all printings of each edition.

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Addendum.
A crisp hand salute to BJM collectors for their contributions with special mention of the master collectors to whom this page is greatly indebted, CWO2 "Bosun" Tom Dorsher USN (Ret), CDR Robert A. Weenink USNR (Ret), CNOCMC Anthony Judy USN and HMCS David Lewis, USN (Ret).

See CDR Robert Weenink's excellent documentation of the BJM at Bluejacketsmanual.com

See ALL HANDS Magazine feature article The Bluejacket's Manual Turns 100.

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