The Ashley Book of Knots
This is the bible of knots. First published in 1944 and reprinted many times. This new edition has been fully updated by Geoffrey Budworth and other members of the International Guild of Knot Tyers.
Describes every practical knot, what it looks like, where it comes from, and how to tie it. The book includes 3,800 knots and 7,000 drawings, with all the varieties of shipboard knots as well as knots used by butchers, steeplejacks, electric linesmen, knitters, cobblers, surgeons, poachers and cowboys.