The Ashley Book of Knots

1944 encyclopedia of knots by Clifford W. Ashley / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The Ashley Book of Knots is an encyclopedia of knots written and illustrated by the American sailor and artist Clifford W. Ashley. First published in 1944, it was the culmination of over 11 years of work. The book contains 3,857 numbered entries (the final number, "3854", is added to by three "1/2" #s (794.5, 1034.5, & 2585.5) and, in later editions of the book, #1425a for Hunter's Bend; and one number has no entry) and approximately 7,000 illustrations.[1] The entries include knot instructions, uses, and some histories, categorized by type or function. It remains one of the most important and comprehensive books on knots.

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The Ashley Book of Knots
Although Ashley was an esteemed painter, the cover illustration was painted by George Giguere. It shows a sailor displaying a Tom fool's knot.
AuthorClifford W. Ashley
Cover artistGeorge Giguere
GenreReference work
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Reprint-Version: 1963–1979