New York: Privately Printed for the Author and His Friends [by H.S. Nichols, 17 E. 33rd St], 1922.
First edition, no. 26 of 50 copies signed by the Author, with an eight-line inscription. Frontispiece and 29 half-tone plates. pp. [i-ii] blank, [iii]-[xvi], [xvii-xviii] half-title, 1-115, [116, blank], [1, printer’s notice]. 1 vols. 8vo. One of 50 Copies. Original dark green cloth, covers with gilt borders, upper board with gilt vignette of schooner, lower board with vignette of swordfish, t.e.g. Very slightly rubbing to spine ends, otherwise a fine copy Bruns M-91 (omitting title and full description); Litchfield p. 79. Item #246406
Rare and privately printed account of fishing for swordfish off Montauk Point and the adjacent waters of Block Island. McAleenan was also the author of several sporting memoirs issued in very limited numbers. He has a flair for writing and writes lovingly of this three-week adventure, harpooning swordfish, battling sharks, sighting whales, etc.: “…glad days, cheery companions, and the joy of living…[for] those who have heard the wind in strange places…” (Foreword).
This copy is signed by the author and is additionally inscribed by him with a paragraph beginning “Dear George, to you friend of my heart I send this diary of a cruise on as sweet a schooner as ever sailed …” and signed “Joe”.
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