Lot 134: Author: London, Jack. Title: Autograph Letter Signed by Jack London, to Bliss Perry, editor of The Atlantic, about submitting some stories for publication. Place Published: Piedmont, CA. Date Published: July, 1902. Description: 45 lines, on two sheets of plain writing paper 27. 5x21 cm (10¾x8 ¼"). Framed with the cover, title-page and an illustration from the Regent Press edition of Children of the Frost; overall 63x56 cm (24¾x22"). Letter indicative of Jack London's ongoing efforts to market his stories to multiple publishers as his reputation and success grew in the early years of the 20th century. He writes, "Dear Mr. Perry - I am sending you herewith a couple of stories in proof sheets of a book to be brought out by Macmillan Company, and to the entitled 'The Children of the Frost. ' Now, should either of the stories appeal to you, they would have to be published either in September or October - not later than October. These stories were written the last several months, but the Macmillans already had the book contracted for publication in October, and so I am rushed to get serial publication. ." Perry, editor of The Atlantic Monthly, which was owned by Houghton Mifflin (publishers of London's first book, The Son of the Wolf), had grown somewhat disenchanted with London by this time, who was submitting more and more of his stories to rival McClure's. Old folds, else fine.
PBA Galleries' Sale 563: Fine Literature with the Wayne Martin Collection of Jack London
Thursday, 25th June 2015
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