Signed first edition of Before Adam by Jack London.
Octavo, vii, , 242pp, [4pp ads]. Bound in tan buckram, with title stamped in white and red on spine and front cover. Footprint illustration stamped in color on front cover. Stated “published February, 1907” on copyright page. Solid text block, sunning to spine, light wear to gutter, small scratch to front cover, a near fine example. Complete with eight full-page color plates, including frontispiece. Two-page map and numerous in-text illustrations throughout. Housed in a custom-made slipcase with color illustration on side panel. Signed on the front free endpaper: “Edgar T. Wagner / from Jack. / March 25/07.” (Sisson & Martens 34) (BAL 11903)
Jack London (1876-1916) was one of the first American authors to gain international fame and accumulate wealth from his writing. Despite his popularity, London never received any literary awards for his work. London is remembered today through retellings of his stories on film and television, most recently in a movie adaptation of The Call of the Wild starring Harrison Ford.