The Ship-Builder's Manual, and Nautical Referee.
New-York: published by the Author, 1853. 4to, (9), 10-200, (2, index)pp. With a lithographic frontispiece of the Wm. Norris and 7 plates (misnumbered 1-5). Original cloth, upper cover detached. Early signature of William L. Hall (?) dated San Francisco 1854. Scattered light foxing, with occasional text pages more heavily foxed. First edition, volume 1 only. Ten Pound Island notes that the focus is on the technical nuts and bolts aspects of construction. He includes material on timbers and timbering, scantlings, fastenings, spars, ground tackle, sails and rigging, and much more of the kinds of information that would be useful to an actual shipwright. Scattered light foxing, with occasional text pages more heavily foxed. Seemingly a very scarce book and Ten Pound Island notes that the second edition (1856) is also of considerable rarity, probably because they were practical manuals and used to death.
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