Michael, Brother of Jerry

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Author: John "Jack" Griffith London (1876-1916)

Year: 1917

Publisher: MacMillan Company

Place: New York


344+[8 ad] pages with colored frontispiece. Small octavo (7 3/4" x 5 1/2") bound in red cloth with gilt lettering to spine and coer and black pictorial to front cover in original pictorial jacket. Four page promotional ad from MacMillan with the promotion of Michael. (BAL 11974) First edition with 10,320 copies printied.

Michael, Brother of Jerry is a novel by Jack London released in 1917. This novel is loosely connected to his previous novel Jerry of the Islands, also released in 1917. Each book tells the story of one of two dog siblings.

Michael, an Irish terrier, was born and raised in the Solomon Islands. The dog now works as a slave hunter aboard a schooner on a mission to recruit native islanders for work. One day the captain accidentally leaves Michael on a beach and sails away. Michael was then abducted by Dag Daughtry, a steward on another ship, who initially planned to sell the dog for money. However, later he got attached to Michael and takes the dog to a trip around the world.

A major theme in the book is how various animals are taught to perform for the public. In his Foreword, Jack London says that this was a major reason for writing the book.


Touch of rubbing to points. Jacket with some soiling, some professional repair to jacket else very good to fine in a better than very good jacket.

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