Tales of Swordfish and Tuna
Tales of Swordfish and Tuna

GREY, ZANE. Tales of Swordfish and Tuna.

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GREY, ZANE. Tales of Swordfish and Tuna. Hodder & Stoughton, 1927.

all 8vo. Original dark blue cloth, upper cover with a centrally-placed circular gilt vignette, with a marlin (apparently) bursting through it, surmounted by the title in gilt, reprised on the spine; [vi] + pp. 203, lavishly illustrated with 44 excellent photographic plates, the majority full-page, and wood-engraved illustrations by Frank E. Phares; light spotting to fore-edges and preliminaries, very good.
First edition. This work is written with great brio, replete with much direct speech, and exclamation marks, to convey the desperate excitement that accompanies the hooking and reeling in: "The largest tuna I had seen was lunging at my bait. In my excitement I jerked it away from him. But it is impossible to jerk a bait altogether away from these swift monsters. He lunged again. I saw his back, dark blue and thick, his wide tail, so instinct [sic] with power. I jerked my bait. It shot right out of the jaws of this tuna. Then he went into the air as though from a catapult. The anger, the hunger, the beauty, the wild nature and terrible life expressed by that long round glistening fish simply made me gasp breathlessly."
Fitzgerald Hampton "Modern Angling Bibliography" (1947), p. 43.

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