"The Wild Still Lingered in him and the wolf in him merely slept": First Edition of Jack London's White Fang
Item Number: 29097
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1906.
First edition. Octavo, original pictorial cloth with white and gilt lettering, pictorial endpapers. Frontispiece and 6 color plates by Charles Livingston Bull. With usual cancel title page. BAL notes that the cancel page occurs printed on either wove or on laid paper (the rest of the text sheets are all laid paper) but no priority or other significance. This copy with cancel printed on wove paper. BAL 11896. In fine condition. A superior example.
White Fang takes place in Yukon Territory and the Northwest Territories, Canada, during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush and details White Fang's journey to domestication. It is a companion novel (and a thematic mirror) to London's best-known work, The Call of the Wild, which is about a kidnapped, domesticated dog embracing his wild ancestry to survive and thrive in the wild. Upon its release, it was an immediate success worldwide, and became especially popular among younger readers. Robert Greenwood called White Fang "one of London’s most interesting and ambitious works." It has been adapted for the screen numerous times, including a 1991 film starring Ethan Hawke.