New York: The Macmillan Company, 1916. 5 pp undated ads. Original mauve cloth pictorially decorated in black and orange.
First Edition, which consisted of 5914 copies -- far fewer than many of London's earlier works. Jack spent most of 1915 and early 1916 on two extended trips to Hawaii, and the eight tales of this collection were written there. During this time Jack reached out to his estranged fifteen-year-old daughter Joan, appealing to her to start getting to know him via the mails (since he knew his ex-wife had forbidden their daughters to meet Charmian). The title story is a fantasy "in which a dark-eyed, flashing daughter came back to a ranch with her dying father in order to hear his stories of adventure and to light his cigars until he passed away in peace" [Sinclair]. The titles of the final two tales of the book are further indication that Jack knew his days were numbered: "Finis" and "The End of the Story." Jack London died about a month after TURTLES was published.
This is an attractive book (decorative trade binding by "G.H."), in near-fine condition (light rubbing at the extremities). In our experience this is a rather scarce title, especially in decent condition. Sisson & Martens p. 90; Blanck 11968. Item #13763