TALES OF THE FISH PATROL. Jack London.

TALES OF THE FISH PATROL.

With Illustrations by George Varian. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1905. 3 pp undated ads. Original dark blue cloth pictorially decorated in yellow and green.

First Edition of these seven tales, originally written as a serial for boys in "Youth's Companion." As a teenager, London had been an oyster thief in San Francisco Bay until he lost his boat to rivals; he wrote about these days in his thinly-veiled romance THE CRUISE OF THE DAZZLER. Ever the opportunist, once his pirating days were over London then turned his knowledge of the pirates to good use by joining the anti-thief Fish Patrol. He later acknowledged that much in these tales was more myth than truth, and "later admitted privately that the sole weapon he had carried with him was a table fork, and he had had to use it only once to keep off an amorous Greek sailor" [Sinclair].

The pictorial binding design, by Adam Empie (so initialed), shows London's sloop "The Reindeer" being pulled in by a whirlpool. This is a clean, near-fine copy (small crease on the spine, a small abrasion on each paste-down). Sisson & Martens p. 26; Blanck 11887. Item #14905

Price: $375.00

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