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ON THE MAKALOA MAT (SIGNED)
New York: Macmillan Company, 1920. Later printing. Hardcover. Good Only. Good only, early (but not first) printing of Jack London's seven Hawaiian stories, published posthumously. Light blue boards with dark blue and orange highlights, and orange lettering. Wear to extremities, front hinge started. Front pastedown bears Jack London's Wolf bookplate, below which has been tipped-in a 1" x 4" piece of paper bearing Jack's signature, and it seems, a small portion of a postmark. On front free endpaper at top a 2" x 1.5" photograph of a young-ish Jack London sitting by a tree. Below this, the following inscription: "Dear Mrs. Jones: I am sure that when you and all your dear family read these stories, you will agree with me that there was no weakening of Jack's mental power! 'The Water Baby' is the last short story he ever wrote. Affection to you all. Aloha Nui Loa! (Cataloguer's note: translates to Much Love), CHARMIAN LONDON. May 16, 1920" From the tone of the inscription, it would appear that Charmian London enjoyed a sufficiently close friendship with the inscribee, Mrs. Jones, to have presented her with a book from her personal collection, tipping-in several extras for good measure (but not so close as to offer a first edition!). A nice, rough-around-the-edges London artifact.
      [Bookseller: Aardvark Books / Ezra The Bookfinder, AB]
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