First edition of Fishing For Fun by President Herbert Hoover, inscribed to his close friend and lifelong fishing companion, Albert Mattei.
Twelvemo, 86pp. Blue hardcover, title stamped in gilt on spine, author’s facsimile signature in gilt on cover. Stated “first printing” on copyright page. Solid text block, free of any marks or wear. In the publisher’s near fine dust jacket, $3.00 on front flap, short closed tear to rear panel along bottom edge, vibrant illustrations. (Burns 0077) This copy is signed on the half- title: “To Ferne and Bert Mattei – And Wishing you luck! – Herbert Hoover.”
The recipient of this book, Albert Mattei (1895-1969) was the president and CEO of Honolulu Oil Company and a close friend of President Hoover. They were both members of the exclusive Bohemian Club and were frequent fishing partners. Fishing for Fun was published shortly before Hoover’s death in 1964, being a collection of essays and speeches given by the former President about his favorite pastime.