Lot 95: Jack London Scorn of Women First Edition Inscribed

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Lot 95: Author: London, Jack. Title: Scorn of Women: In Three Acts - inscribed by the author. Place Published: New York. Publisher: Macmillan Company. Date Published: 1906. Description: x, 256 + (3) ad pp. (Small 8vo) original maroon cloth with white cloth spine, front cover lettered in white, spine in black, top edge gilt. First Edition. Long inscription from the author on the front free endpaper: "Dear Dad:- When you get that bungalow of easement & content, get also a telescope. Then will you raise my sail in the offing and see me drift in on calm tides; and drop anchor in your sheltered cove. Jack London. Oakland, Calif. , December 3, 1906." 'Dad" was London's affectionate nickname for Charles Warren Stoddard. A later (1982) inscription from London's daughter Becky London on the front pastedown endpaper. One of the scarcest of Jack London first editions; only 920 copies printed. This copy with the spine imprint in two lines (The Macmillan / Company). Another copy in this sale has the publisher's imprint in three lines (The / Macmillan / Company). Neither the BAL or Sisson & Martens discuss this variation, though they do discuss another variant with a shorter spine imprint reading just "Macmillan", a copy of which is also in this sale. Russ Kingman describes the three variant imprints in his "Collector's Guide to Jack London First Editions." BAL 11898; Sisson & Martens, p. 31; Kingman 16. Spine leaning, light wear and soiling to cloth, slight loss of white stamping on front; very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 563: Fine Literature with the Wayne Martin Collection of Jack London Thursday, 25th June 2015 Estimate: $2000-3000
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