Very Good. Item #9872
London: William Heinemann, 1905. First U.K. Edition, actually printed in the U.S. by Macmillan with its own First U.S. Edition. Octavo (19x13.5x3cm); 182pp. Six full-page four-color llustrations by Henry Hutt, with additional allegorical full-page prints and in-text decorations and sketches by T.C. Lawrence.
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.
Both joints show surface flaking of the leather, but remain solid; hinges intact. Panel corners and edges, and crown and foot of spine, also show some flaking. Textblock unmarred and unmarked.
The game in question is boxing. London's admonitory novel is based on his journalistic coverage of the boxing scene in Oakland and vicinity. The illustrations swing wildly between innocuous naturalistic depictions of turn-of-the-century people in lower middle-class clothes, or boxing-sporting get-ups, and macabre allegorical images expressing what London saw as boxing's endgame.
Handsome circular bookplate of R.D. Jackson on front pastedown.