Tales of the Far North. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1900. Original charcoal grey cloth decorated in silver.
First Edition, first printing, of Jack London's first book -- a collection of tales sited in the Yukon featuring such characters as Scruff Mackenzie, Malemute Kid and Sitka Charley. In 1897 London had joined the gold rush to the Klondike; the following year, stricken with scurvy, he returned to Oakland where he wrote these tales from his experiences.~This is one of the 2028 copies of the first printing, identifiable only by its collation (four leaves in signature 1, six leaves in signatures 2-22; there were two subsequent 1900 printings that are identical to this except for their collation, and which are thus often confused for first printings). This copy is in the binding state that does not have dots flanking the ampersand at the foot of the spine -- surmised by Blanck to be the first state.~It is in very good condition, with less than the usual amount of erosion of the silver decoration at the spine ends and fore-corners; the endpapers are cracked (the rear one has a narrow strip of matching paper), and there is a damp-mark in the margin of the last few leaves. Sisson & Martens p. 2; Blanck 11869. Item #13546