First printing of one of the early overviews of the sport during the surfing craze of the 1960s.
"What bullfighting was to Hemingway's generation, surfing is today" (front flap)
Dixon records innocent optimism when submitting the manuscript of THE COMPLETE BOOK OF SURFING, quoted in DeLa Vega's surfing bibliography: "One morning I thought, I could write a book about surfing. Being totally naive I typed a few chapters and an outline. The pages were sent cold, without benefit of a literary agent, to a major New York publisher. It was the era of Gidget and Endless Summer. Surfing was coming on strong. Two weeks later I received a telegram... 'Contract in the mail. Please call."
Read more: DeLa Vega, 200 Years of Surfing Literature, C17; Warshaw, The History of Surfing, 216.
New York: Coward-McCann, Inc, (1965). 8.25'' x 5.5''. Original blue cloth lettered in black. In original unclipped ($5.50) blue pictorial dust jacket designed by Rosalie Petrash with photo by Dr. Don James. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs throughout. 220 pages. Book spine gently toned, jacket with trace wear at spine extremities.
Near fine in near-fine jacket.
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