the authoritative text by Isaac Watts, W.J.M.Rankine, Frederick K.Barnes, and James Robert Napier, is followed by a series of forty-five fine engraved plates, many double-page or folding out, "from drawings furnished by some of the most eminent British shipbuilders".
the work was designed to form a 'complete system of information on the art of shipbuilding, and on the scientific principles on which it is founded';
arranged under seven divisions: Hydraulics of Shipbuilding. Geometry of Shipbuilding. Strength of Materials as applied to Shipbuilding. Practical Shipbuilding. Masts, Sails, and Rigging. Marine Steam Engineering. Shipbuilding for purposes of War. folio [42x31cm]. ppxii 300 + plates.
generally in good clean condition with a little browning to some of the plates and light foxing to the title-page.
in a 19th century half calf binding, rather worn at the spine but with no significant damage.
from the library of the Cruising Association, with gilt stamp to upper board, book-plate to front paste-down and small blind stamp to title-page, but no other markings