New York: The Macmillan Company, 1905. 3 pp undated ads. Original maroon cloth.
First Edition, which consisted of only 2,530 copies -- fewer copies than any known printing of all earlier Jack London books except his first book, THE SON OF THE WOLF (2,028 copies). (By contrast, THE CALL OF THE WILD consisted of 71,584 copies and THE SEA-WOLF consisted of 63,337 copies.~The book consists of seven essays on socialism. Much of the content derived from London's earlier trip to Europe (after hanging around the London slums, London had sallied off to Paris and Rome, where he hobnobbed with the socialists in each city). To quote from London's preface:~It is the hope of the writer that the socialistic studies in this volume may in some slight degree enlighten a few capitalistic minds. The capitalist must learn, first and for always, that socialism is based, not upon the equality, but upon the inequality, of men.~This is a near-fine copy (slightly faded on the spine as usual, but otherwise just a little rubbing at the very tips). Quite an uncommon London title. Sisson & Martens p. 22; Blanck 11885. Item #12882