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    "I racked my brains for a better title
    & suggested The Sleeping Wolf" - Jack London

    Jack London. Call of the Wild. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1903. First edition, first printing. Octavo. [5]-231, [blank], [2, catalog] pages. Illustrated by Philip R. Goodwin and Charles Livingston Bull; decorated by Chas. Edw. Hooper. Eleven full-page color plates, seven illustrations in blue, and numerous textual illustrations. Publisher's green cloth with gilt, white, red, and black stamping to the front cover and spine. Top edge gilt, other edges uncut. Illustrated endpapers. Housed in a custom green clam shell box with gilt lettered leather title label on its spine and onlaid designs on front, spine and back after the book's binding. Binding lightly rubbed, spine ends and corners bumped, black stamping beneath title rubbed, small chip in fore-edge of front board, bookseller's pencil numbers on last page of catalog. Very good. From the collection of Donald Carter.

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    "I did not like the title, The Call of the Wild, and neither did the Saturday Evening Post. I racked my brains for a better title & suggested The Sleeping Wolf. They, however, if in the mean time they do not hit upon a better title, are going to publish it in the Post under The Wolf. This I do not like so well as The Sleeping Wolf, which I do not like very much either. There is a good title somewhere, if we can only lay hold of it."


    - Letter from London to George P. Brett of Macmillan March 10, 1903. Quoted in Walker and Sisson's The Fiction of Jack London. A Chronological Bibliography. 1972. Pgs. 10-11.

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