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Jerry of the Islands

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Jerry of the Islands

by Jack London (1876-1916)

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ix+337+[6 ad] pages with color frontispiece. Small octavo (7 3/4" x 5 1/2") bound in original publisher's red cloth with gilt lettering to spine and cover and black outline of dogs with London in black to cover. (Sisson page 94; BAL 11973) First edition, first state with 13024 published.

Jerry of the Islands was initially published in 1917 and is one of the last works by Jack London. The novel is set on the island of Malaita, a part of the Solomon Islands archipelago, which in 1893 became a British protectorate. The hero of the novel is Irish terrier Jerry, who was a brother of dog named Michael, about whom London wrote another novel. In the preface, Jack London tells about the ship Minota on which he traveled and which wrecked in the Solomon Islands. Captain Kellar of Eugenie ship rescued Jack London after the shipwreck but later died by the hands of the cannibals. London mentions a letter that he received from C. M. Woodford, the Resident Commissioner of the British Solomons. In this letter, Woodford wrote about a punitive expedition on the neighboring island. The second aim of the operation was searching for the remains of Jack London's friends. During the voyage on Minota, Jack London and his wife found a dog aboard the ship, an Irish terrier named Peggy. The couple attached to Peggy so much that London's wife stole the dog after the wreck of the ship.

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Slightly cocked, corners bumped, spine end rubbed, spine lightly sunned else a very good copy.

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From the book:It is a misfortune to some fiction-writers that fiction and unveracity in the average person's mind mean one and the same thing. Several years ago I published a South Sea novel. The action was placed in the Solomon Islands. The action was praised by the critics and reviewers as a highly creditable effort of the imagination. As regards reality - they said there wasn't any. Of course, as every one knew, kinky-haired cannibals no longer obtained on the earth's surface, much less ran around with nothing on, chopping off one another's heads, and, on occasion, a white man's head as well. Now listen. I am writing these lines in Honolulu, Hawaii. Yesterday, on the beach at Waikiki, a stranger spoke to me. He mentioned a mutual friend, Captain Kellar. When I was wrecked in the Solomons on the blackbirder, the Minota, it was Captain Kellar, master of the blackbirder, the Eugenie, who rescued me. The blacks had taken Captain Kellar's head, the stranger told me. He knew. He had represented Captain Kellar's mother in settling up the estate.

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Title
Jerry of the Islands
Author
Jack London (1876-1916)
Format/Binding
Hardcover
Book Condition
Used - Very Good
Quantity Available
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Edition
First
Publisher
MacMillan Company
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
1917
Pages
ix+337+[6 ad] pages with color frontispiece
Size
Small octavo
Weight
0.00 lbs
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