The Yacht Sailor; a Treatise on Practical Yachtsmanship, Cruising and Racing - Vanderdecken [Pseudonym of William Cooper] 1868 - Hunt & Co., London - Third Edition William Cooper was the pre-eminent yachting journalist of the day, and his The Yacht Sailor, first published in 1860 as Yarns for Green Hands, became the standard textbook for Victorian pleasure cruising. Illustrated with a large fold-out schematics of a cutter yacht, and nicely presented in it’s original gilt lettered and illustrated boards.

Cooper’s pseudonym ‘Vanderdecken’ comes from the supposed name of the Flying Dutchman. Published shortly after his death, ‘
Yachts and Yachting’ consisted of the work he regularly contributed to ‘Hunt’s Yachting Magazine’.
  Reference: Toy, Adventures Afloat 1955.

Quarto (20.8 x 12.8 cm) pp. [2] xi-xii [4] vii-x 184 [6 advertisements]. In publisher’s purple patterned cloth, lettered in gilt to the spine, vignette of boat blocked in gilt to front board, boards decorated in blind.
  Condition: Internally fine, in very good cloth binding, some wear to corners and spine ends, spine toned, line of fading to upper edge of rear board.   Ref: 108369   Price: HK$ 1,400