This original postcard includes a message handwritten and signed by author Jack London (1876-1916), featuring a possibly unpublished photo of London, laughing, which appears as the head on a humorous caricature of a man sitting on the beach cooking fish. Britannic Auctions sold this Jack London signature for $799.
Professionally matted and framed by Bryan Nerone & Co., a Beverly Hills dealer and appraiser in original autographed letters, rare manuscripts, documents and fine prints. The piece is framed in a burled wood frame in keeping with the Pacific islands theme, with a clear viewing area on the reverse side so that the handwritten address portion of the postcard is visible.
Personal Handwritten Message to Blanche Partington
London’s message references the image: “Dear Blanche – No, I am not a vegetarian. Jack London.”
London has addressed the postcard to Blanche Partington (1866-1951), a fellow Bay Area literary figure and journalist to her San Francisco, CA address on the reverse. Partington competed for London’s affections, but his heart ultimately belonged to his second wife Charmian London.
The card is postmarked Honolulu, Hawaii, August 9, 1907, indicating that it was sent during London’s Pacific cruise to Hawaii and Australia aboard his yacht, the Snark.
“The Cruise of the Snark”
“The Cruise of the Snark” is a non-fiction travelogue written by London. It chronicles his journey aboard the Snark, a small boat he built, from San Francisco to the South Pacific and Australia. London wrote the book between 1906 and 1907, based on his experiences during the voyage. It was first published in 1911.
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