Lot 138: Jack London postcards from Russo-Japanese War

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2015-06-29 14:12:41

Lot 138: Author: London, Jack. Title: Five postcards from Jack London when he was in Japan covering the Russo-Japanese War. Place Published: Shimonoseki, Japan. Date Published: Feb. 3, 1904. Description: Pictorial postcards from the San-Yo Hotel in Shimonoseki, all written the same day, each with a different illustration from a photograph, with short handwritten messages by Jack London, signed "J". The postcards are numbered in order, and all are addressed by him to different people at the same address in Berkeley, 2545 Bienvenue Ave. , where Charmian Kittredge, his soon-to-be wife, was staying with her aunt, uncle and cousins. With Japanese stamps and cancellations, and with U. S. postmarks from receiving post offices. 9x14 cm (3½x5½"). Includes: 1, To Mrs. H(arley) Wiley, "This is the boat which took me from Moji to Shimonoseki after I was arrested and my camera confiscated," with a picture of a ferry boat. 2, To Mr. H(arley) Wiley, "And this is the hotel at which I stopped," with a picture of the hotel exterior. 3, To Miss Beth Wiley, "And here is where I took things easy waiting for a steamer for Chemulpo (Korea)," with a picture of a hotel room interior. 4, To Master Esmond Wiley, "And here is where I took things edible," with a picture of the hotel dining room. 5, To Miss Charmian Kittredge, "And here is where I took things liquid. ." with a picture of the hotel bar. The address of this postcard is crossed out, and it is forwarded to Newton, Iowa, where Charmian was visiting another cousin. These postcards, which offer a glimpse of London's humor, were on exhibit at the Huntington Library from September 19, 1998, to January 11, 1999, part of "The Wisdom of the Trail: Jack London, Author and Adventurer". Some normal wear, very good condition. PBA Galleries' Sale 563: Fine Literature with the Wayne Martin Collection of Jack London Thursday, 25th June 2015 Estimate: $1500-2500
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