Goodwin, Philip R.; Bulll, Charles Livingston; Hoo. Hard Cover. New York: The Macmillan Co., 1903. First Edition. Very Good.
Illustrated by Philip R. Goodwin and Charles Livingston Bull. First edition, first printing, in unrecorded variant red binding. Publisher's red vertically ribbed cloth, ruled in blind to both boards, ruled and lettered in gilt to front board and spine, white endpapers, all edges trimmed, no gilt to top edge as in standard publisher's binding. A very good copy with some rubbing to extremities and wear to spine ends, a few faint abrasions to boards, hinge slightly tender at p. 114 and at p. 173, small dampstain to top edge of text block, a few spots and light stains scattered throughout. Overall, a lovely copy that presents well. BAL 11876. Originally published serially in The Saturday Evening Post in 1903, The Call of the Wild is the story of a domesticated dog harnessing his wild instincts during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush in the Yukon Territory. The novel is written from the point of view of the main character Buck, a St. Bernard-Scotch Collie, who is stolen from his happy home in California and, after being mistreated by a series of handlers along the way, is taken to the Klondike region of Canada to be trained to work as a sled dog. Although he struggles to adapt to pack life, Buck quickly proves himself, becomes pack leader, and eventually finds a new, benevolent owner, with whom he remains until the owner's death, at which point Buck goes completely "into the wild." In 1906, London published the companion novel White Fang, the thematic opposite of The Call of the Wild; while The Call of the Wild concerns a dog's natural wild instincts, White Fang is about an undomesticated creature's ability to be tamed.