Honolulu, Hawaii: Patten Company, Ltd., (1917). First Edition. Hardcover. With Honolulu imprint, octavo size, 368 pp. Very Good. Item #16111401
Jack (John Griffith) London (1876-1916) and his stories remain widely read today; beginning his career as a newspaper reporter, he gained fame with the publication of "The Call of the Wild" in July of 1903, and would eventually write over twenty novels and numerous short stories before dying tragically young from complications arising from previous illnesses, including scurvy.
This work, written by London's second wife, Charmian, recounts their time in Hawaii between 1907 and his death; before he died, he helped her edit the text. Copies with the imprint of the Patten Company, Honolulu, are extremely scarce in the marketplace.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full steel-blue ribbed cloth over boards, gilt lettering and small horizontal vignette of a beachfront at the bottom of the front board, spine with gilt lettering and another small gilt vignette, half-title page with Macmillan device on the verso, frontis photograph of "Jack London at Waikiki, 1915", title page with Patten Company, Honolulu, imprint, copyright date of 1917 with "Published December, 1917" stated, printed at the Norwood Press (Massachusetts), three-page Foreword by Charmian London dated September 1, 1917, sixteen plates bound in throughout (one a coloured map of Hawaii, the rest being reproductions of black-and-white photographs, most of the plates containing several images); octavo size (8" by 5.5"), pagination: [i-viii] ix-xvi, 1-345, [346, blank] [347-352 publisher's ads].
___CONDITION: A solid very good copy, the boards clean other than a few light, stray marks on the back board, the gilt on the front board bright and unrubbed, a strong, square text block, the interior is clean, and entirely free of prior owner markings; the corners lightly bumped, some light overall wear on the corners, head and tail of the spine, and the bottom edges of the boards, the front hinge solid while the rear hinge was (somewhat clumsily) repaired by a prior owner, which has resulted in the rear board being sturdily attached although the repair is somewhat unsightly, some foxing throughout, most noticeable on the preliminary pages and the following approximately 8 to 10 pages.
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