Hemel Hempstead, 1st.ed., 1982. 144 pp., profusely illustrated with photographs, drawings, plans, etc. D.j., 23 x 17.5cm. FINE. A comprehensive history of the sailing schooner since its development early in the 17th century in Holland, down to the early 1980s. In its first 250 years the schooner was mostly confined to two masts but over the 19th century it developed into four, five, six and even seven-masted vessels. The author examines in word and picture the story of the great British and North American schooners, and includes yachts, fishing schooners, pilot boats, school ships, shallops as well as deep-sea vessels such as the Colonial schooners.