New York: The Macmillan Company, 1911. First edition. Original publisher's cloth binding with gilt to spine and front board. Top edge brightly gilt. Title page tipped in as called for, and unlisted plate between pages 270-271. Publisher's adverts to rear. A Fine copy with bookplate to front pastedown and contemporary gift inscription to the front endpaper, else internally clean and unmarked.
Chronicling London's South Pacific voyage alongside his wife Charmian, Cruise of the Snark is an excited illustrated maritime narrative. The boat, which London built himself and named after the Lewis Carroll poem, departed San Francisco Bay in 1907, carrying the Londons to Hawaii, through the Marquesas Islands, into Tahiti and the islands of Raiatea, through Bora Bora, Fiji, Samoa, and the Solomon Islands before concluding in Australia. In addition to describing the sea voyage and various ports of entry, London notably observed those who lived on the islands with poetic admiration: "Like the founders of Venice, thse salt-water men were originally refugees from the mainland. Too week to hold their own in the bush, survivors of village massacres, they fled to the sand banks of the lagoon. These they build up into islands. They were compelled to seek their provender from the sea." Fine (Item #2936)