The Sea Wolf
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1904.
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1904. First edition. A lovely, Near Fine copy with a touch of rubbing to the illustration on title lettering on the front board, otherwise clean and fresh. Second issue with spine lettering in white and both 1903 and 1904 dates on the copyright page.
"The Sea Wolf is a psychological adventure novel about a literary critic and other survivors of an ocean collision who come under the dominance of Wolf Larsen, the powerful and amoral sea captain who rescues them" (USF). Swept out to sea following a crash, literary critic Humphrey Van Weyden is rescued by Wolf Larsen, the brutal and cynical captain of the seal-hunting vessel the ghost; rather than return Van Weyden to safety, Larsen forces the scholar into servitude; facing isolation and brutal conditions, the two intellectual men begin a psychological battle at sea. Published in the wake of his wildly successful novel The Call of the Wild, The Sea Wolf in many ways reveals how much more calculating, cruel, and unbound by rules human beings are compared to animals. Near Fine (Item #5283)