Peter Davies, 4th ed., 1944. Xii + 467 pp., 5 fldg. plates, numerous figures in text, + compass chart & table of angles in rear pocket. D.j., 25 x 19cm. D.j. torn with small loss (now in protective sleeve) o/w V.G. This wartime guide for Yacht Masters was first published in 1940 with a second edition in 1941, a third in 1943, and this fourth in 1944 – evidence of the keen interest shown in navigation and seamanship by amateur sailors, most of whom were then serving in the RNVR, anxious to gain the Yacht Master’s (Coastal) Certificate, brought about at the request of the Admiralty. The first part of the guide is divided into three sections : Navigation, Chartwork, and Meteorology ‘ plus the Rule of the Road. Part Two also has three sections : General Seamanship, Seamanship under Sail, and Seamanship under steam. In addition, there are 8 appendices and the book is illustrated with 5 folding charts and diagrams, and numerous figures in the text. In addition, there is a Compass Chart and Table of Angles in a rear pocket – a 10-page item, sewn, designed to be detached, cut and mounted, but remains in its original state as published in 1944. A useful and interesting work.