New York: The Macmillan Company, 1917. 8 pp undated ads. Original orange-brown cloth with dog silhouettes in black.
First Edition of this posthumously-published book about a dog, written by the author while stretched out on Waikiki Beach. In early 1915 Jack and Charmian left California for Hawaii, plagued by financial problems (he owned, and owed mortgages on, six houses for himself and for his dependents) -- yet the financial problems were not so bad that the two of them couldn't have four or five servants in Honolulu.
The only way out [of the financial problems] was through hackwork. He decided to set off for Hawaii with Charmian, and to write two new dog stories. They had never failed him. The market would lap them up... The leisured life in Honolulu did not encourage him to write well, and his two dog novels were no more than competent products for the market. JERRY OF THE ISLANDS was the worse, with its hero a thoroughbred Irish terrier specially trained for [n-word]-chasing... Yet this hackwork did keep his head above water. [Sinclair]
This is a very good-plus copy, with very minor soil and rubbing; the front paste-down bears a "News Co." ink-stamp. Sisson & Martens p. 94; Blanck 11973. Item #13764