Los Angeles: Sea Publications, Inc, 1951. First Edition. INSCRIBED "To my friend and fellow boat lover/***, from the author-artist/Stew Robertson/Los Angeles/May 1952." 8vo. 160 pp. Illustrations by the author. 3 original photographs of the author on a boat and newspaper clippings laid in. Very good (small paper loss on last page not affecting the text; minor wear to extremities; slight tanning to pages) in good dustjacket (covers separated at spine; wear to extremities; short closed tears). Item #19200
Born in Dundee, Scotland on Aug. 19, 1887. Robertson studied art at the National Gallery in London before arriving in Los Angeles in 1924. He brought with him 500 finished canvases. At MGM he painted historical art for movie sets. Primarily a portraitist, he also painted marine scenes of the California coast from his yacht. "The book is packed with fascinating tales of a wide variety of sea-going adventures, including the story of the sailor and the mermaid, the old South Sea skipper who collected flies, the bored gent who said 'Who the Hell wants to race?' and meant it, the admiral who walked down Pennsylvania Avenue in a gob's uniform, the yachtsman who found the treasure of Cocos Island, the adventures of the Senator who wanted to put a 100% tax on pleasure craft, the smart boy who had not sue for women at sea, the yachtsman who Cabrillo's ship and met the great explorer himself, the sad experience of the man who sold his boat, and many others. There is a real thrill in every yarn!" - dustjacket flap.