Card (Keyhole Collection): Knots
card from The Book of Knots. Tom Bowling, London, 1899.
The National Library of Scotland, Special Collections: ABS.2.87.6
* The book of knots, being a complete treatise on the art of cordage. Illustrated by 172 diagrams showing the manner of making every knot and splice.
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