New York: The Macmillan Company, 1903. First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication to his close friend: "Johannes Reimers - Greeting! Affectionately yours, Jack London. Sept. 10, 1903." Johannes Reimers (1858 - 1953) was born in Norway then immigrated to the United States, living and working in California. He was an author and a landscape architect, although he is best remembered today for his work as a painter. Reimers met Jack London at a party in 1902 through a mutual friend and the two instantly hit it off, maintaining a friendship over many years.
“Jack looked like a young, ardent, hopeful fellow brimful of conviction. He instantly inspired me with his open comradeship…Whenever I saw him, he was always the center of a group; people flocked to his vital magnetism; everyone who came within its radius, loved him.” – Johannes Reimers
Reading this book inspired Reimers to write an early review of it (published just 20 days after receiving the book), which is sometimes collected in later editions of the work “Jack London's Book The Call of the Wild: It Is More Than a Rattling Good Dog Story—It Is an Allegory of Human Struggles and Aspirations,” - Johannes Reimers (published in the "Stockton Evening Mail," September 30th, 1903)
This copy in Very Good condition only: wear at the spine ends, joints and corners, a small dampstain at the lower edge of the front board, separation between the front free end paper and the half-title (at one time amateurly repaired with glue. One illustration, the one facing p. 214 torn at the inner margin and reinserted. Despite the condition flaws (which we have not tried to improve in any way), an exceptional association copy of London's masterpiece. Very Good (Item #1846)