First known printing of Jack London’s short story “Diable-A Dog” in the June 1902 issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine, later title “Bâtard.”
Original paper wrappers, title printed in red and black on covers. Solid text blocks, small closed tears and light chipping to edges of covers. Includes stories by other notable authors, including William J. Lampton, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and Richard Le Gallienne. (Dunbar, Metcalf, 48)
“Diable-A Dog” was renamed Bâtard (mongrel in English) upon later publication in 1904. It follows themes of wild versus domesticated natures in dogs, similarly seen in London’s novel The Call of the Wild.
At the time of its inception in 1886, Cosmopolitan Magazine aimed to offer women articles on life in the home, but began publishing new fiction works in the early 1900s. Notable contributors included Jack London, as seen in this volume, as well as Upton Sinclair, Sinclair Lewis, and Kurt Vonnegut. Short stories would be published in their entireties, and longer pieces would be expanded across multiple issues to keep readers interested in upcoming publications.