First published in 1939, with a second edition in 1942, a third edition of 5 printings from 1943 to 1946 and a fourth edition of 6 printings from 1952 to 1977. This is America’s greatest book on knots and rope work for anyone 8 to 80.
Here, every step in tying the simplest to the most complicated knot will be found—pictured clearly and further explained in the text.
Here, fascinating stories behind the origins of hundreds of these knots are retold, with their associated lore—the superstitions, or the historic, heraldic or religious background.
This is the knot book which the Boys’ Clubs of America made a Club Craft Must for their members.
"If you are interested in knots for any reason at all," Ralph Thompson told the readers of the N.Y. Times, “it’s the one book you need…Nothing less than the Britannica…of the subject.”
This is the book which, Edwin C. Hill said in his Human Side of the News, “ropes and hog-ties everything that was ever known about tying knots, on land and sea.”
Who are the thousands of youngsters, men and women who have bought and read this remarkable book?
"They include," wrote Edwin C. Hill, "sailors, soldiers, surgeons, cowboys, weavers, builders, famers, riggers, magicians, fishermen, both sporting and commercial.
"Painters, yachtsmen, rope manufacturers, artists, designers, Camp Fire associations, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, vocational and art-craft schools, hobbyists and collectors."
When the first edition of this book appeared in 1939, Baron Ireland, critic of the N.Y. Herald Tribune, declared it “the annum’s most thrilling, fascinating and hypnotizing product of typewriter, pen or pencil.”
It was that first edition which one the coveted American Institute of Graphic Arts award as one of the Fifty Books of the Year, for its excellence in design and appearance.
Since then, this monumental work has been completely revised and enlarged to include 3,668 knots—nearly 425 more than the original edition! More 6” x 8” photographic illustrations were added, to make a total of 348 beautiful halftone reproductions.
This new, revised Fourth Edition, with its many new examples beautifully illustrated, further adds to its distinction as the finest knot book ever published.
A glance at the Table of Contents or at any page of text or illustration selected at random will show why the critics hailed this book as a “museum in book form,” as “an encyclopedia,” as “the Alpha and Omega of the subject.”
Encyclopedia of Knots and Fancy Rope Work
by Raoul Graumont and John Hensel