London: Charles Wilson (late Norie & Wilson), 1841, 1848, 1843. Hardcover. Item #40356
All three of books are bound into a single volume. The full titles and details of the three books are: 1] Published 1841, no author listed. Second edition. The Art of Making Masts, Yards, Gaffs, Booms, Blocks, and Oars, as Practised in The Royal Navy, and According to the Most Approved Methods in The Merchant Service; Including a Description of an Improved Rule for Mast-Makers: Also a New Method, by Whch Large Yards May be Made From Small Trees, and Repaired When Sprung in the Slings, etc. 184 pages with two foldouts and a number of tables: 2] Published 1848. A new edition revised and re-compiled by George Biddlecombe. The Art of Rigging; Containing an Alphabetical Explanation of Terms and Phrases, and Directions for Operations; to Which are Added, Tables of the Relative Strength of Chain and Hempen Cables; Also, The Method of Progressive Rigging Together with Copious Tables of the Qualities and Dimensions of the Standing and Running Rigging, Expressly Adapted for Merchant-Shipping and Yachts. 136 pages with folded frontis and 14 steel engravings: 3] Published 1843. Fourth edition, corrected and improved. No author listed. The Art of Sail-Making, as Practised in The Royal Navy, and According to the Most Approved Methods in the Merchant Service, Accompanied with the Parliamentary Regulations Relative to Sails and Sail-Cloth; The Admiralty Instructions for Manufacturing Canvas for Her Majesty's Navy, Form of Tender, etc. 158 pages with illustrations and tables. The full calf binding was probably done privitely by a previous owner and appears contemporary to the mid 1800's. Marbled endpapers. Text block edges marbled. Spine rebacked with original spine attached. Covers show moderate wear. Owner's signature to two of the three title pages. A very good copy.