Lot 24: Rare variant binding of Call of the Wild Jack London

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Lot 24: Author: London, Jack. Title: The Call of the Wild - rare variant binding. Place Published: New York. Publisher: Macmillan Company. Date Published: 1903. Description: (5)-231, (1) + (2) ad pp. 11 color plates by Philip R. Goodwin and Charles Livingston Bull, including frontispiece, 5 color illustrations in the text. (8vo) original decorative pebbled green cloth, lettered in gilt, spine and front cover pictorially blocked in black, white, and red, top edge gilt. First Edition, second printing. The same year, imprint, and collation as the first printing, but in BAL's pebbled "A" cloth, rather than the vertically ribbed "T" cloth of the first printing. In addition, it is evident that later printing statement(s) on the copyright page have been very neatly erased/scraped off, so that only the "published July, 1903" statement remains. Bank check, signed by Jack London, in the amount of $7. 00 payable to Charmian London mounted to front pastedown; Jack London's bookplate affixed to recto of free endpaper, period photograph of London at his desk affixed to verso; signed on the half title by Becky London, the author's daughter; inscribed on the verso of the half title by superintendent of the Jack London Ranch, Irving Shepard. Laid in, on a facsimile of London's bookplate, is a note from Jack London scholar Russ Kingman stating: "This is one of the rarest copies of "The Call of the Wild." This variant binding of the 1st Ed. 2nd Printing were only discovered about a year ago. To my knowledge there are only three copies. This copy, one in the Jack London Museum and one owned by the Jack London Ranch. Glen Ellen. Dec. 8, 1978. Russ Kingman." PBA offered another (fourth?) copy, with the copyright page similarly defaced, in 2008. Light wear to cloth, front free endpaper nearly detached; very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 563: Fine Literature with the Wayne Martin Collection of Jack London Thursday, 25th June 2015 Estimate: $1500-2000
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