The Early Challenges of the America's Cup (1851-1937)
Edited by Ian Dear
Pierson and Co., 1986 [First Edition], full-page illustrative reproductions by Anthony John throughout, large landscape hardcover with gilt lettering on cover, illustrated end-papers, dustjacket, ISBN 0947068007
Like New Condition, book in as new condition with small chip to top edge, dustjacket has minor edge and shelf wear
'This book recalls the long struggles to mount those early challenges and how the competition developed in succeeding decades; the final chapter brings the story up to date, with a description of events in the '12-metre era' which includes Australia's famous victory in the 1983 challenge.
Anthony John's illustrations not only convey the atmosphere of the Cup challenges but reveal how designers strove, in craft after craft, virtually regardless of cost, to improve on previous designs - on hull shape, on masts and keels, on sails and rigging - to win the coveted sliver trophy.'