1st.ed., 1925. Limited to 1500 Numbered Copies Only of which this is Number 60. Xv + 281 pp., cold. tipped-in frontis + 7 other cold. tipped-in plates 48 monochrome plates at rear of book, + 79 line drawings in text. Contemporary half-morocco ; raised bands; gilt ; marbled boards ; t.e.g., others uncut. 32 x 26cm. Binding rubbed at extremities o/w V.G. This beautifully illustrated book has long been recognized as the standard study on the subject of sailing ship figureheads and ornamentation. Carr Laughton, son of Prof. John Knox Laughton, provides ten informative chapters examining the fashion of ship ornament : its limitation, the Head, Figureheads, the Stern, Quarter Galleries and Badges, the Broadside, Inboard Works, with a final chapter on Painting and Gilding. The illustrations have been reproduced to a high standard. There are 8 coloured tipped-in plates including a water-colour drawing by Cecil King, R.I., serving as a frontispiece ; 48 monochrome plates at the rear of the book following an extensive narrative and indices for Subjects and Ships ; and 79 line drawings throughout the text. The author examines every aspect of the subject ' early ornament, the 17th century, the cost of Carving, Dutch fashions, early Stuart practice, incongruous Figures, French methods, open and closed Stern Galleries, Baltic fashions, Stern Lanterns, Rudder Heads, 18th century fashions, Volutes, Entering Ports, Bulkheads, Belfries, Painting, ' to name but a few. This is the author's Magnum Opus.