The Elements and Practice of Rigging And Seamanship
David Steel's Elements of Rigging and Seamanhip is the ultimate reference for the builder of late 18th and early 19th century ships, both full size an in miniature. Formerly a costly addition to ones reference collection, it is now available as a download.
If you have aspirations of building a Doris quality model on your kitchen table or HMS Victory in your backyard, you will need this book a few tools and a little patience.
Steel explains it all.