Newton Abbot, &c., 1st.ed., 1976. 144 pp., profusely illustrated with photographs & drawings. D.j., 24 x 17cm. FINE. The author traces the origins and history of perhaps the most evocative part of a sailing ship, her figurehead. Carved with loving care, painted and maintained by their proud crews as a symbol of their ship and the location of its very soul, the figurehead has featured from earliest maritime civilizations down to a less romantic century when steam and steel had no place for such feelings and craftsmanship. Particular attention is paid to the 19th century and includes the last naval figureheads of men-o'-war, as well as their merchant ship counterparts in the old square-riggers which carried the tradition on to a later era. The book is richly illustrated with photographs and drawings. FINE copy.