The Call Of the Wild

by London, Jack

Jack London’s The Call of the Wild is an anthropomorphic canine’s unforgettable tale of survival. Set during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, the novel’s main character, Buck, a large and powerful St. Bernard-Scotch Shepherd, is stolen from his ranch home in Santa Clara Valley, California, and sold into service as a sled dog. At first, Buck experiences violence and struggles for survival, becoming progressively feral in the harsh environment. By the end, Buck relies on his instinct and learned experience to emerge as the proven leader of the pack. 

In The Call of the Wild, author Jack London blends his experience as a gold prospector in the Canadian wilderness with his ideas about nature and the struggle for existence, influenced by the work of Darwin and Nietzsche. Thus, although the novel is first and foremost a story about a dog, it displays a philosophical depth absent in most animal adventures.

In the summer of 1903, the story was first serialized in four installments in The Saturday Evening Post, which paid $750 for it. Soon after, London sold all rights to The Call of the Wild to Macmillan, which published the story in book format in August of that same year. As the first printing of 10,000 copies sold out immediately, it is safe to say the novel was enormously popular from the moment it was published. It has since secured its place in the canon of American literature. Today, The Call of the Wild is still one of the best-known stories written by an American author and has been published in almost 50 languages. The Call of the Wild is ranked 35th on The Guardian’s list of the 100 best novels and 88th on Modern Library’s “100 Best” English-language novels of the 20th century. 

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Macmillan first published The Call of the Wild in August 1903. Produced in a print run of 10,000 copies, first editions state "Set up electrotyped, and published July, 1903" on the copyright page and contain 10 tipped-in color plates by illustrators Philip R. Goodwin and Charles Livingston Bull as well as a color frontispiece by Charles Edward Hooper. The first printing of The Call of the Wild sold for $1.50. Nowadays, signed copies have sold for upwards of $20,000.

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New York: Macmillan Company, 1903. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. First edition. A touch of rubbing at the bottom of the boards, easily fine with the white painted "snow" on the spine and front board especially bright in a lovely, fine dust jacket with the slightest of rubbing, strong and supple at the folds, and devoid of the usual professional restoration.… Read more about this item
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New York: The Macmillan Company, 1903. First Edition. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. 231, [2, ads] pp. Illustrated. Bound in publisher's vertically-ribbed dark green cloth stamped in white, black, and red, lettered in gilt, gilt topstain. Very Good or better, edge-rubbed, spine lettering and stamping dulled, some rubbing to "snow" on front board but less than is often found.… Read more about this item
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New York: Macmillan Company, 1903. Hardcover. Fine. Ninth printing. Bookplate on front fly, else a beautiful, fine copy with the white painted "snow" on the spine and front board especially bright, lacking the dust jacket. Along with *White Fang*, one of the two great novels for which the author seems destined to be remembered. His empathy for animals,… Read more about this item
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The Macmillan Company, 1903. Hardcover. Fair/No Jacket. a significant book in poor condition, hardcover in green boards with three panel illustration on front cover board and dog illustration on spine between titles, interesting inscription by Jack London dated 1903 on FEP to someone who had helped him with this classic work, bookplate of Brooklyn Friends School opposite inscription… Read more about this item
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Macmillan, 1903. 1st ed. Hard cover. Good/No jacket. First edition. Cover has some shelving wear, particularly along edges and corners. Spine and hinges are cracked, but binding is secure. Title page is tanned, not affecting legibility of text. Pages 59 and 77 are torn but still attached to binding. All other pages are clean and unmarked. … Read more about this item
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Book in fine condition considering age of book (114 years). Hardcover has significant wear on all edges and front and back hardcover. Some staining on book. Inside pages are clean but have some discoloration. See all photos for clearer view of condition. Willing to take more extensive photos for any body interested in acquiring this… Read more about this item
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New York: MacMillan Co., 1903. First Edition, in dustjacket with variant lettering at base of spine. Decorations by Charles Edward Hooper and illustrated by Phillip Goodwin and Charles Livingston Bull. London's classic north country adventure novel. Uncommon in dustjacket. Near Fine, mild wear at spine ends and cover corners, contemporary date in ink at verso of frontis, in attractive… Read more about this item
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U.S.A.: Red Fox, 1976. Soft cover. New. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Sticker residue on cover. Tight and clean. Synopsis: The Call of the Wild is a novel by American writer Jack London. The plot concerns a previously domesticated dog named Buck, whose primordial instincts return after a series of events leads to his serving as… Read more about this item
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MacMillan Company, 1903. 1st Edition. Hardcover. very good/Very Good. A very good first edition (correct statement on copyright page) in a very good original dust jacket that is unrestored, rare thus. Housed in a custom-made collector's slipcase.
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New York: The Macmillan Company, 1904. First Edition, Ninth Printing. This is a first edition, ninth printing November 1904. This book measures approximately 7.75" x 5", with 231 numbered pages. This book is in good plus condition. Moderate bumping to both ends of spine. Moderate staining to spine. Gilt lettering and design on spine and front board still… Read more about this item
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1931
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This classic tale is part of the Thrushwood Book Series published to bring classic literature to children. Buck, a large St. Bernard mix is stolen from his home in California and brought to Alaska to help pull the sleds of gold seekers in the Klondike. The cruelty he experiences changes Buck and he seeks refuge and safety in the Wolfpack's… Read more about this item
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New York: Macmillan, 1903. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine +. Octavo, 231pp., plus advertisements. Illustrated by Philip R. Goodwin and Charles Livingston Bull, with decorations by Chas. Edw. Hooper. A crisp, clean, very nice copy in the publisher's decorative freen cloth, stamped in gilt, black, red, and white. Some gentle, even fading to the white pigment on both… Read more about this item
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NEW YORK: GROSSET & DUNLAP PUBLISHERS, 1915. 4th Printing. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. PHILIP R. GOODWIN, CHARLES LIVINGSTON BULL. 211 p. 4TH PRINTING OF NEW EDITION. DECORATED BY CHAS. EDW. HOOPER. COPYRIGHT 1903. SET UP AND ELECTROTYPED MAY 1915. BOOK DESCRIPTION: TAN CLOTH HARDBOUND, GREEN STAMPED/TITLE/DESIGN ON SPINE COVER /FRONT BOARD,… Read more about this item
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Los Angeles: Limited Editions Club, 1960. hardcover. Slight sunning to the spine. About Fine in a Fine slipcase, not often found in this condition. Henry Varnum Poor. Quarto (8-1/2" x 10-1/2") bound in full green-and-black plaid wool "mackinaw" shirting with a leather label on the spine. The slipcase is also covered in the same lumberman's shirting material. Introduction… Read more about this item
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The Call of the Wild; Macmillan's Standard Library

The Call of the Wild; Macmillan's Standard Library

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New York.: Macmillan / Grosset & Dunlap / Norwood Press., 1908. 1903 original; this is 17th reprint.. Hard cover. Good. No dust jacket. Signed by previous owner. Print quality of plates is economy. Front boards have bend. Paste-on, front, qtr-inch corner flaw.. Hooper, Chas. Edw. (Decorated by), Goodwin, Philip R (Illus. by), and Bull, Charles Livingston (Illus. by)..… Read more about this item
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New York: The Macmillan Company, 1903. 5th Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 0x0x0. Goodwin, Philip R.; Bull, Charles Livingston; Hooper, Chas. Edw. [Charles Edward]. 5th printing, 1904 date on title page. 25 cent Jack London stamp laid in. Front hinge just beginning to weaken, minor wear to corners. 1903 Hard Cover. 231, [3] pp., 2-page terminal publisher… Read more about this item
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New York: Macmillan Company, 1903. Hardcover. Fine. First edition. Publisher's promotional pamphlet laid in. Small leather bookplate of Neva and Guy Littell on the front pastedown. A little rubbing to the painted "snow" on the spine and front board else a bright, just about fine copy lacking the dustwrapper. Laid into this copy is a Typed Letter Signed… Read more about this item
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London: William Heinemann, 1907. Hardcover with printed blue cloth boards and gilt lettering to front and to spine. Decorated by Chas. Edw. Hooper. No dust jacket. Includes many illustrations, including 18 full-page plates by Goodwin and Bull. Wear to board edges, including scuff to front leading edge and also to front spine side. Light shelfwear to front and rear. Gift… Read more about this item
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