1st.ed., 1912. 352 pp., cold. frontis + 130 other plates, drawings & plans. Blue cloth ; gilt ; gilt vignette to spine ; cold. picture mounted to front cover with gilt border ; t.e.g. 24 x 18cm. Light general foxing as usual & some shelf wear to extremities, o/w V.G. This is one of Chatterton's early pre-First World War studies with its wealth of illustrations and attractive binding. It remains the standard book on the fore & aft rig of sailing vessels and established the author as a leading maritime writer and naval historian, launching him on a long and prolific literary career. Illustrated with 131 plates, plans, photographs and drawings, Chatterton examines the versatile history of the fore & aft rig, describing its introduction into Northern Europe, its development in the Netherlands, and its first use in England. The Dutch had a major influence on the development of this rig and by the early 20th century its modern version was to be found in deep-sea and coastal vessels as well as in yachts in Great Britain, America, Scandinavia, Belgium, France and across Southern Europe. The number of different types of vessels described and illustrated are too numerous to mention but include, as an example of variety, Dutch Sloops, Fore-&-Afters on the Thames, British Sloops-o'-War, Scottish Trading Smacks, early 19th century Topsail Schooners, Brighton Hoggies, Sloop-rigged Barges, Cornish Fishing Craft, Bristol Channel Pilot Cutters, Sailing Lifeboats, Dunkirk Fishing Ketches, St. Malo Barquentines, etc.