FIRST EDITION, 1909. Xxi (+ Errata slip), + 362 pp., cold. guarded frontis + 125 photo & other ills., & 9 plans (7 fldg.). Blue cloth; gilt with gilt anchors & rope-work; cold. picture of a barque mounted to front cover; t.e.g., others uncut. 25cm x 18cm. Nicks head & tail of spine & some sporadic foxing o/w V.G. This was the author’s first book, a work that launched him on a long and distinguished career as a maritime writer and historian. The 1914 reprint is more common ; this is the first edition of 1909. The book quickly established itself as the standard work on the evolution and development of the sailing ship. The history of sail is traced from early Egyptian times to the Edwardian era of the last century. Attractively illustrated with a coloured frontispiece by the marine artist, Charles Dixon, the book contains 125 photographs, drawings, etc., plus 9 sail, rig and deck plans. From the Ancient World – 6000 BC – the author examines and describes the development of the sailing vessel down to Henry VII, and on through various reigns down to the 18th and 19th centuries when the sailing ship reached its peak of perfection. Chatterton also provides a chapter on fore-and-aft rig, coasters, fishing vessels and yachts but concentrates chiefly on square-rigged deep-sea vessels. DEVELOPMENT OF THE SAILING SHIP. THE SCARCE FIRST EDITION OF 1909.