Will success spoil Hardy Lee? Or, a nautical tale with a pertinent moral
When in 1857 a young Boston doctor published his refreshing volume of two dozen lithographs detailing the eventful nautical (and romantic) career of Mr. Hardy Lee, he probably did not realize that he was making a contribution of incalculable value to the pictorial history of American yachting. Nor did the fortunate recipients of the privately printed book (who, of course, knew the identity of the author-artist hiding modestly behind the pseudonym “Chinks”) appreciate its uniqueness. Mr. Hardy Lee, His Yacht was, in fact, the first American book on the sport. It has also become one of the rarest, for less than a dozen copies are presently known to exist.