The Yachtsman's Pilot - Inscribed by Charles Ernest Nicholson, America's Cup yacht designer
A 1933 edition of The Yachtsman's Pilot, inscribed in ink "C.E. Nicholson, Lee-on-the-Solent" to the front endpaper and dated 11 May 1935.
E. Keble Chatterton. The Yachtsman's Pilot to the Harbours of England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland; & The Continent of Europe from Ymuiden to Bordeaux, London: Hurst & Blackett, 1933
Containing 32 black and white harbour plans (mostly double-page), bound in the original cloth-covered boards, octavo (23.7 cm x 15.8 cm)
Charles Ernest Nicholson was one of the greatest and most versatile yacht designers of all time. Born in Gosport in 1868 he joined the family firm of Camper and Nicholsons in 1886, becoming the firm's chief designer at the age of twenty-one and remaining so until his death.
He designed sailing craft of all sizes but is perhaps best remembered for designing four j-class yachts to challenge in the America's Cup, most notably Shamrock IV in 1914 and Endeavour in 1934.