The Ashley Book of Knots

The Ashley Book of Knots

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Baker & Taylor
Traces the history of knot tying and offers illustrated instructions for nearly four thousand different knots

Blackwell North Amer
This is the definitive book on knots. Here are approximately 3900 different kinds, from simple hitches to “Marlingspike Seamanship.” Mr. Ashley has included almost everything there is to know about them. Precisely named and classified (some new ones for the first time officially), they can be easily found in the big index. He tells when they appeared, something about their history, and what they are good for.
Above all, Mr. Ashley gives explicit directions on how to tie them. He describes each step simply and clearly in the text and has penned right alongside some 7000 drawings to make it still more graphic. This book and a piece of cord will open a new and challenging world of practical adventure to readers of all ages. Mr. Ashley has devoted eleven years to writing this book, and it is based on forty years of looking for, trying out, and thinking up new knots. His drawings abound in humor and the text is full of colorful anecdotes. The Ashley Book of Knots will make a unique and permanent addition to any library.

Publisher: Garden City, New York : Doubleday & Company, [©1944]
ISBN: 9780385040259
Characteristics: x, 620 pages : illustrations, plates ; 29 cm


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May 25, 2016

Knots for buckets, bows, fishing line, medical sutures, buttons, decoration, and so on. Great reference for classic knots and applications.

Oct 22, 2011

Very cool book... a little terse sometimes, but lots of interesting history on knot-making and all other sorts of rope tangling tricks. Classic.


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