Oakland, California: Georgia Loring Bamford, 1931. Hardcover. Octavo size, 255 pp. Near fine / Near Fine. Item #SB1005
The life and work of Jack London (1876-1916) have been the subjects of many critical writings, and here Georgia Loring Bamford (1873-1966), a personal friend of London's, reminisces about London's life, his prominence in the literary circle in San Francisco during the late nineteenth century, his politics, and his influences.
The book is both personal and factual, a look at one of California's significant literary figures. In addition to Bamford's own reminiscences as a close friend and contemporary of London's, included are inscriptions he wrote inside the books he presented to her husband, Fred Bamford (for example, in "War of the Classes", he wrote "Dear Comrade Bamford - Yours for the Revolution - Jack London"); also included are some of the many letters exchanged between the two friends - together, the book presents an incredibly intimate view of London which few biographers have captured.
___DESCRIPTION: Full brown cloth, cream paper label with illustration and lettering in orange, cream paper spine label with brown lettering, frontispiece a black-and-white photograph of Jack London by Arnold Genthe, line drawings in black by Georgia Loring Bamford throughout; octavo size (9" by 6.25"), pagination: [1-9] 10-252 [253-255]. In a beige paper dust jacket with illustration and lettering in red, black, and blue on the front panel, black lettering on the spine, and a description of the book on the front flap; the dust jacket is unclipped with the original price of $3.50 on the front flap.
___CONDITION: Volume is very good, with clean boards, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; light rubbing to the head and tail of the spine and to the corners, front corners are gently bumped, light wear to the paper labels, and some toning to the endpapers. The dust jacket is near fine, unclipped, clean with bright colours, with light soiling to the verso, and a small (half-inch) closed tear to the top edge.
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