The Ashley Book of Knots by Clifford W. Ashley is the definitive and magnificent work on knots and knot-tying. Featuring every practical knot, what it looks like, who uses it, where it comes from and how to tie it; with 7000 drawings representing over 3800 knots.
Clifford Ashley was born in 1881 at the whaling port of New Bedford, Massachusetts. He sailed on many kinds of boats in many capacities, from ship's surgeon to interested observer. His ruling passions were marine painting and knot-tying, on which he was one of the world's leading authorities. His paintings are represented in the permanent collection of many American museums and libraries.