John Barleycorn
Jack London, 1913
LONDON, Jack (1876-1916). John Barleycorn. New York: The Century Co., 1913.

Fine first edition in dust jacket. "Essentially autobiographical, Jack London's 1913 novel deals with the demons of alcohol that he fought most of his life. The name is taken from an old British folksong about alcohol. The story follows Jack from his early years as a sailor though his career as a successful writer. He describes the positive moments related to alcohol but also the despair brought by succumbing to its power" (Jack London State Historic Park checklist). First issue, with only one blank leaf at end rather than three. Sisson & Martens, p. 71ff.

Octavo. Illustrated by H.T. Dunn with 8 plates including frontispiece. Original cloth stamped in gilt and dust jacket (light soiling, a few small chips to corners and to lower spine panel fold). Custom chemise with morocco spine label.
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