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    Inscribed by Upton Sinclair to a Fellow Socialist

    Upton Sinclair. The Jungle. New York: The Jungle Publishing Co., [1906]. First edition, with first issue points (with "brass buttons" on page 42, "eight dollars" on page 82, unbroken type on "1" on copyright page, and normal-sized "3" on page 385). This copy does not have the "Sustainers Edition" label apparent on the front pastedown (normally signifying first issue), but there are two bookplates there, which may be hiding the label or evidence that it had been there previously. Presentation copy, inscribed by Sinclair on the front free endpaper to Christian Socialist activist, Dr. George D. Herron: "To Geo. D. Herron/with sincerest gratitude/+ affection from/the Author[underlined]/Princeton N.J. Feb 17th '06." This inscription is dated eleven days before the book's publication to a prominent Socialist figure, which suggests that it may, in fact, be from the "Sustainers Edition". Octavo. [x] 1-413, [1, blank], [3, ads], [1, blank] pages. Publisher's full green cloth, decoratively black and white stamped front board and spine. Spine a bit sunned, Some light wear to spine extremities and corners, short tear to upper margin of half-title, page 1 is loose but present, evidence of sticker removal on rear pastedown, gutter in front of third page of ads is over-opened, excerpt from a bookshop catalogue affixed to the first blank, with some accompanying offsetting. Bookplates of Americana and Bret Harte collector Willard S. Morse on both pastedowns (the plate on the rear pastedown seems to be an identification plate from his library, with manuscript notes in an unknown hand), and the bookplate of famed surgeon, Dr. Elmer Belt, also on the front pastedown. A good copy, and an excellent association copy, with a fine inscription to a fellow socialist, as well as superb provenance from two prominent owners.

    Sinclair's graphic descriptions of the dire conditions in the nation's slaughterhouses caused a huge public outcry and led directly to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906 and, ultimately, to the creation of the Food and Drug Administration.
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