tkay11 Posted February 8, 2015 Share #1 Posted February 8, 2015 (edited) I am interested in buying one of Steel's books on rigging. I note there are two main current available titles. One is David Steel's "ELEMENTS OF MASTMAKING, SAILMAKING AND RIGGING" edited by Claude S. Gill which is the 1794 edition with five very large pocketed plates, published by Goodchild in a single volume which I can get for about £26. The other is a 4-volume set published by Cambridge Library Collection which has the overall title "The Elements and Practice of Rigging, Seamanship, and Naval Tactics" and states it is the 1800 edition. I am mainly interested in volumes 1 and 3 of this set (Making masts, Art of rigging), and the price of these two combined would be just a little more at £35. My question is whether one of these publications is better than the other in terms of size, readability etc. It seems that the Goodchild edition is not facsimile but re-set in modern type, but I am not sure about the Cambridge edition and would welcome any comments from members who have seen either or both of these editions. Alternatively, should anyone think there is a better guide to 18th Century rigging and its dimensions I would be glad of any guidance! Thanks Tony Edited February 8, 2015 by tkay11 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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