THE HOUSE OF PRIDE and Other Tales of Hawaii.

THE HOUSE OF PRIDE and Other Tales of Hawaii.

London: Mills & Boon, n.d. [1914]. 28 pp undated ads. Original medium blue cloth.

First English Edition, first (?) printing. This collection of six "tales of Hawaii" was first published in the U.S. in March 1912; according to Blanck, the first Mills & Boon (U.K.) edition did not come out until April 1914. Mills & Boon did not date their books, nor did they provide any indication of printing history; this makes their printings very hard to differentiate. In this copy's ads and on its half-title verso, no London books are listed that were first published later than 1913 -- which does seem to imply that this is the first printing, from early 1914.

Condition is good-to-very good (minor soil and edge-wear, spine faded, endpapers cracked); this is typical condition because THE HOUSE OF PRIDE is a very cheaply-produced volume, appropriate for the imminent outbreak of war. Sisson & Martens p. 62; Blanck 11936.

The front free endpaper is inscribed by Jack London, "Dear Sonya: -- Sincerely yours, Jack London Aug. 21, 1915." This was most likely Sara "Sonya" Levien (1888-1960), who was born in Russia to a Jewish family of radical politics, having made their way to the U.S. to escape persecution (in fact "Levien" was actually the name of their German rescuer). From 1907 to 1912 she was a writer and editor for such publications as "Success," "The Woman's Journal" (pro-suffragism) and "The Metropolitan." In 1913-1914 (during which time this book was published) she was in England reporting on British suffragism -- perhaps she bought this book then? -- but due to the outbreak of war, in late 1914 she returned to America -- and apparently had Jack sign this a year later. She engaged in further writing and, especially, in screenwriting for the nascent film industry; she would go on to become the most highly paid female screenwriter of the 1930s. There are numerous letters recorded between her and Jack London. Item #14211

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