Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1900. First edition. First issue. Binding, without periods around ampersand on spine, no broken type on page 147; a comma after 1900 on the copyright page and correct signatures and collation. A bright, very Nearly Fine copy of a book that usually turns up the worse for wear.
London's first book, this collection of short stories was based on his experiences during the Klondike Gold Rush in the late nineteenth century. These tales set the tone for London's career, and introduced the public to his fascination with man's relationship to the wild. "When a man journeys into a far country," he writes, "he must be prepared to forget many of the things he has learned, and to acquire such customs as are inherent with existence in the new land; he must abandon the old ideals and the old goods, and oftentimes he must reverse the very codes by which his conduct hitherto has been shaped." The struggle between wild nature and domestication is writ large across London's work, beginning here. Near Fine (Item #2362)