Ulffers, Corvetten-Capitain Franz.


Düsseldorf, facsimile reprint, 1969. Unpaginated. 117 drawings. Blue cloth ; black lettering. 29 x 22cm. V.G. Although with German text, this is of minor importance as the book largely comprises of drawings. It is a German handbook of seamanship first published in Berlin in 1872. There are 117 drawings showing every aspect of the hull and rigging of a typical sailing vessel of the period – rudder, spars, sails, capstan, chains, anchors, bowsprit, blocks and tackle, boats, and so much more. However, the chief area of interest lies in the drawings showing how spars are lifted aloft, how cannon are hauled inboard and outboard, how sails are furled up aloft, how masts are stepped ; and close-up views of individual work – mainly aloft – showing seamen carrying out various intricate maintenance tasks. The book is of great value to the model-maker and to those interested in rigging and fittings of 19th century sailing vessels. Original editions are both rare and expensive ; even these reprints are scarce. A GERMAN BOOK OF SEAMANSHIP FROM THE DAYS OF SAIL. SCARCE.

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