Good. Item #9871
London: William Heinemann, 1906. First U.K. Edition. Octavo (19x13.5x3cm); 243pp. Seven full-page illustrations by George Varian, reproduced in B&W, plus one San Francisco area map showing principal locales.
Navy blue polished half leather with blue linen boards. Five raised bands on spine with gilt lettering and botanical compartment emblems. Endpapers in pastel small-comb bouquet marbling. Top edge of textblock in gilt.
Front joint and hinge are cracked at spine, but panel is not fully detached, still held by one stalwart binding tape. Rear panel shows surface leather flaking at joint and remains solid. Textblock unfoxed, unmarred, unmarked.
Volume contains London’s collected documentary tales of his teenage adventures as part of the patrol that guarded against illegal fishing off California waters. Stories include “White and Yellow, “The King of the Greeks,” “A Raid on the Oyster Pirates,” “The Siege of the ‘Lancashire Queen’,” “Charley's Coup,” “Demetrios Contos,” and “Yellow Handkerchief.”
Illustrator George Edmund Varian (1865-1923) was born in Liverpool but did made his career in the United States. His popular illustrations, most often for adventurous tales, are worthy peers of the work of N.C. Wyeth and Howard Pyle.
Handsome circular bookplate of R.D. Jackson on front pastedown.