Mr.Woodman (of the Nathaniel Drinkwater novels fame) shows the depth of his experience and research in the accompanying text to Mr.Laszlo's finely detailed scale drawings, which cover the 5,000 or so years of sailing development.
As far as I know, this is the only place where you will find the whole history of sail, with typical craft from all the sailing countries in one volume.
Logically arranged in roughly chronological order, we see the development from sail-assistance (galleys), through square- and lateen-rigs to the full ship & clipper rig of the19thC and modern solid sails. Here the devotee of nautical literature can see at a glance the difference between a brig and a snow, and why a settee is not a lateen rig.
The chapters on small working boats from all countries is very useful, especially for the fine detail of standing and running rigging. Of particular interest to the modeller is the section on ship's boats, which includes the sail rigs employed and seating arrangements.
The sections on eastern craft are particularly interesting, as we rarely see these depicted as scale drawings... Here we see junks, sampans, proas, prahus, catamarans, dhows, booms, sambuks etc.
A wonderful book, that I recommend to anyone with a passing interest in sail. *****