THE CRUISE OF THE SNARK. Illustrated [with photographs]. Jack London.

THE CRUISE OF THE SNARK. Illustrated [with photographs].

New York: The Macmillan Company, 1911. 6 pp undated ads. Original blue-grey cloth with affixed front cover illustration.

First Edition, which consisted of only 4,265 copies. Jack had planned for his and Charmian's voyage on this 45-foot ketch (costing him at least $30,000) to be a seven-year one -- but diseases (especially yaws) and financial crises reduced it to a two-year fiasco (1907-1909). Illustrated with his own photographs, this book is a compilation of the accounts he sent back to the periodical that had helped fund the boat's construction. Since heavy paper had to be used for the intermingled photographs, this is an unusually hefty book!

As in all copies, the title leaf is a cancel. This is a near-fine copy (scarcely any wear but with the spine slightly sunned) of a book tough to find in any better condition. Sisson & Martens p. 58; Blanck 11929. Item #14908

Price: $675.00

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