Books: Knotmare

THE ASHLEY BOOK OF KNOTS — Clifford W. Ashley—Doubleday, Doran ($7.50).

To Clifford W. Ashley, "the simple act of tying a knot is an adventure in unlimited space." He never saw Houdini or a successful lynching. But he once halted an operation in Boston to see how the surgeon made his stitches fast.

Ashley solved his first knotty problem in 1884, at the age of three, when an uncle taught him to tie a reef (square) knot. Since then he has hobnobbed with sailors, cowboys, circus men, weavers, tailors, butchers, truck drivers, Boy...

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