Practical Knots & Ropework by Percy W. Blandford
Courier Corporation, 2012 (originally 1980) ISBN 9780486148656
A 406-page paperback, abundantly illustrated by the author, this is probably our Guild immediate past President’s best knot book. It is a shrewd distillation of much earlier work, retaining all that’s useful, with new material added. The 25 chapters tell all that’s needed about knots, bends, hitches, loops, splices (both rope and wire), lashings, purchases, netmaking and decorative knot-tying. No other book I know is so straightforward yet comprehensive. It turns up in the U.K. in small quantities and is highly recommended for beginner, improver and expert alike.