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The Ashley Book of Knots Hardcover – June 21, 1944
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The Ashley Book of Knots takes us back to a time when knots saved lives and put dinner on the table. Whether out at sea or in a pioneer cabin, knots were a part of daily life, one that is nearly lost today. But in this attractive, well-organized archive of more than 3,900 different knots--presented through 7,000 illustrations--the art of knot tying lives on, both as a historical reference and a reservoir of handy knowledge.
About the Author
CLIFFORD W. ASHLEY had two ruling passions all his life: marine painting and knot tying. A student of Howard Pyle's, he is represented in the permanent collections of museums and libraries all along the East Coast. At the time of his death he was one of the world's leading authorities on knot tying. Both these interests kept him close to the open sea, and when he wasn't trading knot knowledge with sailors, his easel was set up on wharves, decks, or shorelines.
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My copy of this book was thrown out by my Mother when I was drafted into the Army. I found a paperback copy in the late 70's but it has since fallen apart. Today, I received my brand new hardback copy of the book.
The book is written so that you can start at the beginning of a knot and progress to the advanced. I highly recommend this book if you are serious about learning to work with cords and knots.
ABOK provides easy access to virtually every knot ever used to any significant degree by human beings in our entire history. (Let THAT one sink in for a second!) Yes, there have been a handful of knots invented since ABOK that one may find very useful - but those are few and far between. ABOK contains literally thousands of knots, each of which explained in clear illustrations and language. And surprisingly, despite its massive content, finding a knot you need is usually pretty straightforward. Plus - and in my opinion one of the real pleasures of this book - Ashley provides a virtual historical encyclopedia of almost every knot (for example, where they originated, intended and best uses, relative strength, etc.).
However, ABOK represents more than simply a reference for finding a knot to tie your lures or anchoring a tent stake - it represents one man's life and passion beautifully and painstakingly documented in a form that others can relate to and appreciate - a pure and honest contribution to the subject for no other reason than his love for it. If you've ever thought about doing something meaningful with your life and time and having that effort remembered, you can appreciate why this book truly deserves the term "legacy".
Every so often a single person contributes so significantly within a given field or subject that their work becomes the reference and standard by which all other contributors are judged. ABOK represents an example of that phenomenon. If you're interested at all in knot tying, do yourself a favor and get this book. It's worth the price. You'll not only get THE reference and undisputed authoritative standard within the subject, you'll get a work of true historical importance - one that you'll probably use and read for the rest of your life. Very few books I've encountered earn such a claim.
Almost every knot every conceived is within its pages (though some useful knots like the capsized alpine butterfly bend and rethreaded double bowlines are missing) and each entry has a blurb about its history and traditional usage. The drawings are beautiful but not very helpful (you can figure it out... but definitely not as clear as some of the modern books out there).
So I'm torn. On the one hand, I insist you buy this book because it's really cool (this is more than a coffee table book) to browse. On the other hand, if you are a climber/alpinist, search and rescue member, etc. there are better options out there for quick knot reference.