A well-illustrated look at shipboard ornamentation through the ages from charging ram heads on ancient Greek and Roman war-galleys, saints on horseback, and allegorical portrayals of royalty to vintage Elizabethan galleons and Lord Nelson's Victory, built in 1765. Over 420 royalty-free illustrations also depict escutcheons, lanterns, rails, gun ports, and other decorative elements.
本書の初版は1925年。タイトルは船首像と船尾だが、帆船の装飾全般をカバーしている。目次でも明らか。 I. Introductory II. Fashion in Ornament III. The Limitation of Ornament IV. The Head V. Figure-head VI. The Stern VII. Quater Galleries and Badges VIII. The Broadside IX. Inboard Works X. Painting and Gilding 特に帆船模型を作っている人にお勧めの一冊である。コストを削減するためか、初版では１ページを使ったであろうcolor platesの７枚が表紙裏に縮小され収録されているのは惜しい。
This is a surprisingly satisfying edition from Dover Press.
Dover has long been the leader in cheap editions of older books, but it has entered the 2010's with a renewed emphasis on the graphic -- larger formats, better printing, and a committment to better illustrations.
In this instance, Dover has produced the book in a larger format than is normally seen with a facsimile edition that reproduces the 1925 Halston edition. In addition to the line drawings in the text, there are 55 monochrome plates on glossy paper and two pages of color images.
As far as Laughton's book goes, it remains was and remains a classic text in the field.
Good fundamental data overview2009/7/6
Walter P. Sinnott III
I liked it. This book was written back in the 1920's, ergo the author was much closer in time to the age of sail. In the 20's a book with a handful of pictures was considered lavishly illustrated. Much information back then was conveyed in line drawings, in some ways much superior to the visual bombardment of a photograph. The first time I read it the book was a bit hard to follow. The second time I slowed down and really absorbed what the author was conveying. Doing so the book makes much more sense informationally.
In essence the author describes general decorative design trends. I came away with the understanding that, decoratively speaking, it is difficult the precisely date any given feature. There was quite a bit of overlap regarding vessels in service with respect to vessel age. Additionally, any changes in ship design were embraced by the builders rather slowly. So, if one is intent upon determining if, for instance, that gun port wreaths vanished at a specific date, you will learn that they died out slowly as vessels aged and went out of srvice. Of course the infamous 1703 order does impact subsequent ship decorative allowances.
As the book spans sveral centuries it was not possible to provide comprehensive detail regarding specific ships other than as references for particular details. To extensivly detail individual ships would require a catalog of ships, which would quite probably collapse our bookshelves.
I found the detailed drawings delightfully informative. In general the author displays a comprehensive knowledge of shipboard decoration spanning several centuries. Today we would be hardpressed to find anyone as well versed.
For ship modeling this book made me realize that I am able to enjoy some latitude in decoration decisions, a luxury steel ship models do not get to enjoy. Your dollars will be well spent on this publication, provided you really take the time to grasp what the author is delivering.
enjoyed it very much and the illustrations are very helpful.