New York, Published by the Author, 8th ed., “improved & enlarged, with additional matter, plates & tables”, 1855. 400 pp., 70 engravings + woodcuts, etc. Re-bound in qtr. green morocco ; decorative patterned boards ; raised bands ; gold lettering & centre-panel motifs to spine. 24 x 15cm. Foxing as usual o/w V.G.+ with FINE binding. First published by Taylor & Clement at New York in 1841 as The Naval Apprentice’s Kedge-Anchor, this book was highly successful and quickly went through many editions (the 18th edition was published in 1864). This is a copy of the 8th edition of 1855, published in New York by the author. Divided into eleven parts, the book deals with 544 subjects of interest to young sailors during the era of sail, both for those in the American Navy and for those in the Merchant Service. These range from knots and splices to sails and rigging ; from handling a square-rigger at sea to the duties of the crew. The book is profusely illustrated with full-page engravings and charming wood-cuts. It provides a clear and concise source of reference on every aspect of seamanship during this period. Attractive copy.