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[Jack London] London, Jack. "A New Idea in Fiction" The Star Rover By Jack London. NY, Macmillan, n.d., first edition, stapled self-wrappers. Softcover. It includes a sketch of London's life, Jack London And His Work, plus a "complete descriptive list of his novels, short stories and economic writings," this is one of eight items sold for "Milo Sheppard" (sic) by Russ Kingman of the Jack London Bookstore in 1978 that, according to Kingman, "were originally owned by Jack London. They were sent to him by the publishers as they were printed." Fine. JD4957


James M.Dourgarian, Bookman, was established in 1980. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA). Like all ABAA members, we answer to a higher authority and follow a higher standard of ethics that guarantees a successful transaction for all our customers.

We buy and sell old books, vintage books, collectible books, rare books, first edition books, and related ephemera. We maintain several specialties. Among them are American fiction first editions from c.1900 to the present. Within that general field, we have heavy emphasis in John Steinbeck and Steinbeckiana. Thus, we buy and sell Steinbeck primary first editions in dust jackets, signed/limited editions, his appearances in anthologies, his periodical appearances, books and periodicals about Steinbeck, film and theatre memorabilia, bibliographies, and miscellaneous items.

We also specialize in these same categories for these authors -- Jack London, Wallace Stegner, and Stephen King. Other specialties include Western Americana, books on California and the West, Photography books, books on Japan, China, and the Orient, and Armed Services Editions. The latter are vintage paperbacks issued to American GIs from 1943 to 1947. They are comprised of mysteries, Westerns, science fiction and fantasy, mainstream fiction, historical novels, science, poetry, adventure stories, and more.

Within our field of modern first editions, we also sell related film memorabilia Thus, we sell film posters, lobby card sets, pressbooks, stills, scripts, etc. for films made from the works of authors we carry such as John Steinbeck, Jack London, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Raymond Chandler, Zane Grey, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Stephen King, Edward Abbey, Anne Rice, and many others.

[JackLondon] London, Jack. Martin Eden. NY, Macmillan, Sept. 1909, first edition. Frontispiece by The Kinneys.Front hinge barely starting, else very good.JD1679


London, Jack. Dutch Courage And Other Stories. NY,Macmillan, 1922, first edition, dust jacket. Hardcover. Oneof 4,348 copies, frontispiece of a young Jack London, thebook is illustrated by G. M. Richards, interestingly, the jacket indicates that the book is aimed at ages 12-15. Book fore edge soiled, else a very solid copy while the jackethas uniform soiling, small chipping at edges, and the front flap is oddly cut, not affecting text. JD1408


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[Jack London] London, Charmian Kittredge. The Log of the Snark. NY, Macmillan, May 1925, third printing. Lacking a dust jacket, in 1907 Jack London, his wife, Charmian, adventurer Martin Johnson, and a small crew set off from San Francisco Bay in London's sketch, The Snark, just a year after the San Francisco earthquake, headed for the South Pacific, Charmian chronicles their adventure with this log, this copy is Inscribed by Charmian ("Dear Marjorie Brown:/I love to say in every/inscription of this true/story, that I hope you have/had (or will have) some/adventure as much to/your heart's desire as this/was to Jack London and/his 'mate woman,'/Charmian London/Jack London/ranch./Glen Ellen,/California./October 15,/1946"), with Charmian London's bookplate affixed to the front pastedown, illustrated with photos. Very good. JD35542
[Jack London] London, Charmian. The Book of Jack London. NY, The Century Co., 1921, first edition. Two volumes, lacking their dust jackets, frontispiece photo of Jack London with tissue guard, illustrated with several photographs, preface by Charmian, with Jack London's wolf bookplate affixed to front pastedown, this copy with a lengthy inscription by Charmian ("To: Marjorie Snell Brown:/Praying that you will/be not disappointed too much/with my desperate task/to present a living,/moving, understandable/and lovable-above-all-else/young author known as/Jack London. And known/each to the other for eleven/years as 'Mate.'/In appreciation of your/understanding correspond/ence. I, whom Jack styles/as his 'Mate Woman,'/ again hope you will/revel in our fortunate/companionship./Yours very sincerely,/ Charmian Kittredge London/Jack London Ranch/Glen Ellen, California./April, 1946"). Very good. JD35543
[Jack London] London, Jack. Autograph Letters Signed. Glen Ellen, Jack London, March 30, 1905/July 19, 1906, first editions. Two letters, now housed in the same wood and glass frame (c.28X26 inches), both are addressed to Ida Winship, wife of Napa millionaire Ed Winship, the Winships met London in 1904 aboard The Siberia while he was on his way to Japan, they remained life-long friends, in the first letter, dated March 30, 1905, London writes "First day up, &/first letterwriting. Just a line./I go home to-morrow. Call/me up by phone when/you are down this way./Yes, straight out, I'd like/fotos of you very much./Send them along," the letter is unsigned, London had written to her a week earlier, noting that he was about to have surgery to have a nonmalignant tumor removed, the March 30, 1905 letter to her was his first after the surgery on his "first day up," the frame also houses a two-page letter dated July 19,1906 with London's Glen Ellen stamp, he writes, "Barn and boat/& everything building all at/once. We're planted here/for the rest of this sum-/mer---; but say, if/you're back somewhere/along in (cross-out)/September, Charmian &/I can ride over &/stop some night with/you, returning next/day. It'll be my last/chance to see you &/Ed & say goodbye/before sailing/Sincerely/Jack London," also included in this framed grouping is the mailing envelope addressed in London's hand, also within this grouping is a printed sheet titled "Smashing the Union" in Australia. Although none of these items have been examined out of the frame, they appear to be in very good condition. JD35536
[Jack London] London, Jack. Dutch Courage And Other Stories. NY, Macmillan, 1922, first edition, first printing, dust jacket. Hardcover. One of 4,348 copies, frontispiece of a young Jack London as a sailor, the book is illustrated by G. M. Richards, interestingly, the jacket indicates that the book is aimed at ages 12-15, the book includes a preface by his widow, Charmian, dated in 1922, the date of publication, this group of stories includes Typhoon Off the Coast of Japan which she notes as the first London story ever written for publication, jacketed copies of London's first editions are scarce. Book fore edge soiled, else a very solid copy while the jacket has uniform soiling, small chipping at edges, and the front flap is oddly cut, as usual, not affecting text. JD1408
[Jack London] London, Jack. John Barleycorn. NY, The Century Co., 1913, seventh printing, dust jacket. Hardcover. Includes eight illustrations by H. T. Dunn, including the frontispiece, these are his alcoholic memoirs, the copyright page includes an extra line (Printed in the U. S. A.) not shown in the first edition, this copy with three blank leaves at the end, bound in yellow cloth (the first is blackish green) with brown lettering, the top of the jacket states "SEVENTH PRINTING," some might think this book is a first edition with a seventh printing jacket because there are no additional printings shown on the copyright page, but Century places dates on its first edition title pages (lacking here) and doesn't denote later printings, often fooling people as to what the book actually is. Very good. JD35616
[Jack London] London, Jack. The Little Lady of the Big House. NY, Macmillan, April 1916, first edition, dust jacket. Hardcover. Color frontispiece from a painting by William Van Dresser, with advertisements in the rear noting other works by Jack London, including The Star Rover, rear flap of the dust jacket advertises other books in Macmillan's Spring Fiction. Nearly fine in a very good dust jacket, very scarce thus. JD35618
[Jack London] London, Jack. Typed Letter/Contract (Unsigned). n.p., Jack London, April 3, 1906, first edition. This is a carbon copy of a contract between London and Cosmopolitan Magazine drafted by London himself to Mr. Bailey Millard in which London promises "a series of exclusive articles descriptive of my voyage in my sailboat (his Snark trip), which voyage is to extend, if possible, around the world," reserving English serial rights, but guaranteeing first publication in Cosmopolitan, 30 lines, "These articles are to be from four thousand words each, for the first three, and not to exceed thirty-five hundred words each for the others," except as ordered by the editor of Cosmopolitan, payment "will be ten cents per word," the series was not to exceed 10 articles unless ordered by the magazine, this contract letter advances London $2,000, "In case I fail to furnish articles, I agree to provide in lieu thereof acceptable short stories at the same rate, within one year," London also agrees to furnish photographs to illustrate the articles conditioned on the magazine providing him a small camera and sufficient film, London and his wife Charmian regularly made copies of their correspondence, neither London nor Millard have signed this copy although there was a space reserved for each signature, it appears that this contract was aborted as the Snark voyage was much delayed by the April 18, 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, the Snark didn't set sail until April 23, 1907, an article in the December 1906 issue of Cosmopolitan described the ongoing enterprise of building the Snark and gave some background of London as a sailor, but no further Snark articles were forthcoming from Cosmopolitan. Very good. JD34259
[Armed Services Editions] London, Jack. White Fang. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 672 in this important series, it reprints ASE No. G-182 issued earlier in the series in 1944, "a dog story of the North Country," written from the point of view of the dog, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI. Cover creases, else very good. JD35601
[Jack London] (London, Jack). Jack London The Author With The Sales. London, Mills & Boon, n.d., first edition, self-wrappers. Softcover. Although this is mostly about London, published by his British publisher, it also includes Some Early Recollections by London as well as seven photos of him (some with Charmian), the pamphlet generally promotes London and his books. Near fine. JD35613
[Jack London] (London, Jack). The Snark. Oakland, Central Bank of Oakland, 1907, first edition. This is a check written and signed by Jack London made out to Columbia Machine Works for a whopping $1,046.16 (in 1907 dollars!) paying for the supplemental engine for London's sketch, The Snark, now housed within a wood and glass frame that measures c.21X24 inches, London's nonfiction book, The Cruise of the Snark, chronicles his 1907 ill-fated sailing adventure across the South Pacific accompanied by his wife, Charmian, and a small crew that included adventurer Martin Johnson, the building of The Snark began in 1906, this 45-foot yacht was named after Lewis Carroll's 1876 poem, The Hunting of the Snark, while she sailed primarily by wind/sail power, there was a supplemental 70 horsepower engine built by Columbia Machine Works, The Snark left San Francisco Bay on April 23, 1907, just a year after the great San Francisco earthquake, the check cleared the same day they set off on this adventure, also within this frame is a photo of both London and Charmian aboard The Snark and another of it at sea, there is another photo of two men next to the engine, lastly there is a clipping from "New San Francisco Magazine" by Mary Edith Griswold titled The Sailing of the Snark that also features individual photos of both Charmian and Jack London, the final page of that story is matted and attached to the back of the frame. Not examined out of the frame, very good. JD35546


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