Place Published: New York
Publisher: The Macmillan Company, June 1911
Date Published: 1911
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hard Cover
First edition, first printing. 5-1/4 x 7-3/4 inches. xiv,[1-]-340pp.(5pp. with 4pp. ads). On front inside cover board is taped, a faded 3-1/8 x 5-1/2 inch circa 1910, sepia photo of Jack London in suit and Charmian London at the at the Growall home in Menlo Park, dressed for the wedding of Edward Biron Payne and Ninetta Eames. Location and date from similar photo located at Huntington Digital Library. [2nd wife Charmian Kittredge (1871-1955). Handwritten under photo "A fine likeness of both as they looked while at the Ranch"
Front end paper inscribed and signed by Jack London "Dear Hussey Brothers Point Reyes (on the northern California coast not far from London's Glen Ellen): In memory of hospitality & happy hours enjoyed at your hands. Jack London, Glen Ellen, Calif. Sept. 12, 1911
Old newspaper article from May 20, 1978 on Jack London inserted inside book.
Worn blue-green ribbed cloth with bright gilt lettering with spine ends and corners worn. Frontispiece paste-down of a water colour painting of the Snark in harbor which repeats in the color Scuffed and chipped color illustration on the front cover. Otherwise, overall condition is good. 212/213 foxing on pages from newspaper inserted between pages. Illustrated with 120 half-tone B&W photographs. Includes one plate of Charmian not on list of illustrations, present between 270-271. No dust jacket. 4,265 copies of this first edition book were printed. BAL 11929
The Cruise of the Snark is a non-fictional, illustrated book by Jack London chronicling his sailing adventure in 1907 across the south Pacific in his ketch the Snark. Accompanying London on this voyage was his wife Charmian London and a small crew.
Jack London was an American novelist, journalist and activist. A pioneer of commercial fiction and American magazines, he was one of the first American authors to become an international celebrity and earn a large fortune from writing.
Provenance: Jack London probably inscribed this book to The Hussey Brothers who were ranchers on the Point Reyes Peninsula and also operated the Point Reyes Lighthouse. Hussey and other families remained on the ranches for decades and realized profits from their business. About 1877 brothers Charles, George, John and Fred Hussey took over the A Ranch lease. Fredrick Hussey (children Grace & Charles Hussey), George Hussey and Charles Hussey The Husseys moved to B Ranch in 1897. In 1899, Frederick Hussey and his brothers George and Charles, who had previously occupied A Ranch, leased B Ranch. The Hussey brothers, evidently led by Fred, operated B Ranch for almost 20 years from around 1899 to 1919. The Hussey brothers were involved in many activities at the Point. Tourists to the lighthouse were common and often asked for lodging with no notice. Fred Hussey's granddaughter Estelle Hunt Soderberg grew up at B Ranch and provided much of the history of the Hussey family. Quoted from RANCHING ON THE POINT REYES PENINSULA 1993-94 by D.S. (Dewey) Livingston, Historian, Point Reyes National Seashore.
Good. Item #8965