First Edition of Jack London's Adventure; Lengthily Inscribed by Him
London, Jack .$3,000.00
Item Number: 30011
New York : The Macmillan Company, 1911.
First edition of this London novel set in the south seas. Octavo, original cloth decorated in cream and pale blue. Association copy, inscribed by the author on front free endpaper in the month of publication, “Dear Carlt & Lora; Pretty accurate & fairly straight, this narrative of the cannibal isles. Affectionately yours, Jack London, Glen Ellen, Mar. 19, 1911.” The recipient, Carlton Bierce was a close friend of Jack London, who he called “Carlt.” He was the nephew of Ambrose Bierce and a member of “The Crowd”, the circle of friends, mainly Bay Area Bohemians, artists and writers that formed in Carmel after the 1906 earthquake. These included Jack and Charmian London, George and Carrie Sterling, George Wharton James, Mary Austin, Xavier Martinez, Dick & Blanche Partington, et al. (See Walker, Franklin. “The Seacoast of Bohemia”). The Bierces’ visit to the Londons at their Glen Ellen home on March 11, 1911 is recorded in Jack London: A Definitive Chronology by Russ Kingman, where they are described as bringing with them “The Crouched Venus.” In near fine condition with light rubbing.
Jack London's Adventure explores the themes of domination of one people over the others, the differences between races, emancipation of women, and the strength of the human spirit, strengthened in a struggle with the nature and society.