The True Adventures of the Yacht Desire. Winter of 1917.
(Doubleday, Frank Nelson).
(Country Life Press)+, ( 1917), (Garden City N.Y.)
116, (1) pp.
The “Desire” was a ninety foot twin screw yacht. “We should say that she was designed for a lone man and his valet…” which tells you just about all you need to know about the man who wrote this account – publisher Frank N. Doubleday. Despite all the high society Anglophilia, “Effendi” (the nickname bestowed upon Doublday by Rudyard Kipling) gives an entertaining account of this cruise of three friends from Miami to Nassau, German submarines lurking. Bound in lightly chipped and sunned morocco over marbled boards. The imprint on the title page proclaims “Very Privately Printed,” and indeed the book is scarce. Not in Toy or the Cruising Association Library Catalog. No holdings in Worldcat, but it is listed on p. 45 of Morris & Howland, so it must exist somewhere other than on my shelf. It can exist on yours for only