SMOKE BELLEW. Jack London.


Illustrated by P.J. Monahan. New York: The Century Co, 1912. Original blue-grey cloth pictorially decorated in black and cream.

First Edition of this loosely-connected series of tales about the tenderfoot Harvard-graduate journalist Christopher "Smoke" Bellew, who tries to prove himself by going to the Klondike in search of gold and, in his efforts to impress the girl he loves, undergoes a series of dangerous adventures -- though the dangers are more tongue-in-cheek, compared to those in his earliest books. SMOKE BELLEW was the first book published after his string of titles based upon the Pacific voyage of the "Snark"; he wrote this thereafter, while he and Charmian were settled into their "Beauty Ranch." Jack was still recovering from some of the diseases he had incurred on the trip, and was increasingly relying upon alcohol to assist him. SMOKE BELLEW was also the first of several London titles published by Century: along with his drinking he was developing a sense of suspiciousness and superiority, which led him to mistrust Macmillan and seek out another publisher -- a decision he quickly regretted, since Century would prove to have much less patience or understanding with him.

The pictorial cover is by Decorative Designers. This is a handsome, nearly fine copy (just a hint of cover soil and rubbing). Sisson & Martens p. 66; Blanck 11939. Item #14909

Price: $375.00

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