New York: The Derrydale Press, 1939.
First edition, no. 42 of 100 copies. Illustrated with photographs. 47 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Original brown leatherette. Near fine copy. In half brown morocco and cloth clamshell box, with gilt emblematic Derrydale stamping. Bruns H73; Siegel 150; Frazier H-3-a; Heller 2: 844. Item #239195
An engaging account of a marlin-fishing expedition out of Bimini and Cat Cay, privately printed for the author, and not offered for sale.
Harkness records using bonefish for bait (pp. 9, 42-43), and seeing young tarpon, but being told by their guide that the tarpon would not rise to bait in that season (March).
"An extremely rare Derrydale ... a hard book to find." (Frazier). The author was a financier and philanthropist; his father co-founded the Wrigley and Harkness Company and was a major investor in the Standard Oil Company. William Hale Harkness graduated from Yale in 1922 and received a Harvard law degree in 1925. A member of numerous clubs and organizations, he was at one time vice president of the American Geographical Society and the Boys Club of New York. He also authored Temples and Topees, published by The Derrydale Press in 1936.
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