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The Scarlet Plague by Jack London

Amazing 1915, Hard Cover Book

The MacMillan Company, New York
Norwood Press

Illustrations by Gordon Grant

181 pages plus several pages of advertisements for other Jack London novels.

1915 Macmillan, 1st Printing, as indicated by the "Published May, 1915" printing on the copyright page.

Book Summary:
The year is 2072, and the earth has been depopulated by a plague epidemic that struck in 2013. The victims of the scarlet plague are dead within an hour or less of the first symptoms appearing. The plague is so contagious, and its course so swift, that research laboratories are wiped out even as scientists are racing toward a cure. As panic spreads, order breaks down and looting and carnage reign. After the catastrophe, just 40 people are left alive in the San Francisco Bay area. One of them is Professor James Howard Smith, a former English professor at Berkeley, who was 27 years old at the time of the plague. Now an old man, aware of his coming death, he attempts to pass the flame of knowledge to his reluctant young grandsons, who have known only a savage existence in an overgrown world in which wolves and bears far outnumber humans, and who place scant value on the wisdom that feeble old "Granser" is so desperate to impart. Its graphic detail, vivid word-pictures, and remarkable prophetic accuracy make The Scarlet Plague one of the most memorable post-holocaust stories.

The Scarlet Plague was originally published in London Magazine in 1912.

Year: 1915
Size: H 8"/L 5.5"
Condition: Good. Light, normal wear to cover. Heavier wear to very top and very bottom of spine.
Inside of cover and first page (blank) are stamped 3x on each page with the number 006 in blue.
Page 5 (blank) someone has neatly written a small poem in pencil.
All pages have yellowing due to the normal aging process . Some light wear to edges of pages from pages being turned while reading.
Some pages have light/minor scuffs and/or spots. These do not affect print.
Pages 53/54, 77/78, 121/122, 133/134 all have a small tear on right corner. Rips do not affect print in any way.
Pages 128*, 135, 144, 145 have pencil scribbles, some spanning entire page. All print can be read through pencil marks. *On page 128 someone attempted to erase pencil scribble, leaving a light gray haze over parts of the page.

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1915 Very Rare FIRST PRINTING of The Scarlet Plague by Jack London in Hardcover


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