Jerry of the Islands

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Author: London, Jack (1876-1916)

Year: 1917

Publisher: MacMillan Company

Place: New York


ix+337+[1]+[6 ad] pages with color frontispiece. Issued in brick brown cloth decorated in embossed black on cover and gilt lettering to cover and spine. Printing run of 10,320 copies. In early 1915 London and his second wife, Charmian, left California for Hawaii, plagued by financial problems, he owed mortgages on six houses for himself and his dependents, yet the financial problems were not so bad that the two of them could not have four or five servants in Honolulu. The only way out of the financial problems was through hackwork. He decided to write two new dog stories. They had never failed him. The leisured life in Honolulu did not encourage him to write well, and his tow dog novels were no more than competent products for the market. Jerry of the Islands was the worse, with it hero a thoroughbred Irish terrier. Yet his hackwork did deep his head above water. [Sinclair] (BAL 11973; Sisson & Martens 94) First edition.


Corners and spine ends moderately rubbed and bumped, spine lightly sunned. A Better than very good copy lacking dust jacket.

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