Hollywood: Cloister Press, 1931. First Edition. Wrappers. 1st edition (500 copies) of the first printed book devoted to surfing. Delicate wrappers in fine condition. Complete with the portrait and 12 illustrations. Scarce fine, OCLC found 4 copies in libraries, 5 sold at auction in 40 years (the library and auction copies may in some cases duplicate each other). I haven’t looked over all of them, but most (all?) are unlikely to be fine like this one. fine. Item #320
An illustrated instructional guide to bodysurfing, written to address “the pitiful sight of thousands of swimmers, young and old, men and women, always trying and never succeeding.” And to encourage “…this superb sport which in my opinion is still in its initial stages of development.” Body surfing was already a part of Los Angeles’ history when this book was published 86 years ago in Hollywood. From one point of view surfing can be seen as the first Southern California youth counter–culture movement of the 20th century. From another it is a “how to” or “self help” book from the early days of them, leading to our time when what gets published is, “33 Candles You Need to Smell Before You Die.”.