New York: McClure, Phillips & Company, 1901. Original dark blue cloth decorated in gilt.
First Edition of Jack London's second book, published during the year that he ran for mayor of Oakland as the Socialist Labor Party candidate (and received 246 votes). Like his first book, this is a collection of tales of the Klondike -- dedicated "To the daughters of the wolf -- who have bred and suckled a race of men." One of the tales, "The Scorn of Women" (which London later rewrote as a drama), transposed to a Klondike setting the fight between Mrs. Hauksbee and Mrs. Reiver in Rudyard Kipling's "The Rescue of Pluffles."~His own master continued to be Rudyard Kipling, the most highly paid short story writer of the day... "There is no end of Kipling in my work," Jack admitted to a friend in 1900. "I have even quoted him. I would never possibly have written anywhere near the way I did had Kipling never been."... He digested the lessons of his master and surpassed him in the Alaskan tales. He was a more powerful writer, a maker of universal myths in which he intermingled his own little experiences... The rough-hewn characters, who speak dialect and group around Malemute Kid [are] in imitation of the three soldiers in India telling their barrack-room tales... [Sinclair]~This is a very good copy, quite bright but with minor rubbing and a faint glass-ring on the exterior, and cracked endpapers inside. Blanck 11870; Sisson & Martens p. 4. Item #13547