NY: The Century Co, 1908.
Hardbound in publisher's decorative red boards stamped in gilt. First edition of this anthology featuring articles from the magazine St. Nicholas that was oriented toward young readers. Prints "A Boy's Paradise in the Pacific" by Alexander Hume Ford, a substantial article about surfing profusely illustrated with photographs of surfers. This piece is among the very first to promote the revival of surfing to the American public (Jack London wrote the essay "The Royal Sport" the previous year). Hume was an early proponent of the sport of surfing. He founded the Outrigger Canoe Club, the first formal organization with the mission of preserving surfing. He also instigated the formation of the famous Hui Nalu Club whose primary member was Duke Kahanamoku with whom he became fast friends and he promoted Duke whenever he could. At around that time he also befriended and surfed with Jack London. Some wear to boards, the back strip is starting to become partially detached but is entirely firm, couple of very discrete library markings (a small blind stamp and an ink number, but no pocket or other indications of library ownership). A good solid copy.