New York: The Century Company, 1913. First Edition, First Printing, second state binding. Hardcover. Publisher's green cloth with title and decorations stamped in black and dark green onto upper board and spine, 16mo (6-5/8 inches tall), pp. (iv), 169, (1) ads, tissue-guarded frontis, copyright page with "Published, May, 1913" and "1913" printed at foot of title page. Volume with light touch of wear to spine ends and tips, faint pencil erasure ffep. DJ with small closed tears, shallow chips to spine ends and flap folds, a single tape repair verso and one half inch V shaped chip at top of rear panel, light creases to rear flap and lower half of spine panel. The colors of the DJ front panel remain particularly strong. Together with the sporting section from two issues (June 30th & July 1st, 1910, four pages each) of the San Francisco Chronicle leading up to the 1910 Johnson-Jeffries fight. Both issues are in Good condition with toning, tears and each single sheet folded three times. The July 1st, 1910 issue has two photos of Jack London and carries his story and thoughts leading up to the championship match. This copy of The Abysmal Brute is in the "Variant binding...stamped in black and green", Ahearn, 054b. Very Near Fine / Very Good. Item #1195
A prizefighting story likely inspired by the great Johnson-Jeffries boxing match (his June 27th, 1910 New York Herald article states "Fighter with the quality of the 'Abysmal brute' will win the great battle...") where London reported on the buildup to and championship fight between, Johnson and Jeffries for the Heavyweight Championship of the World in Reno, Nevada. Johnson was the first black man to win the coveted title and on this challenge, knocked Jefferies down three times in the fourteenth round before his corner threw in the towel. The outcome of the fight triggered race riots that evening - the Fourth of July - all across the United States. The 1936 film "Conflict" is an American film based on The Abysmal Brute, staring John Wayne. Ref. Johnson p. 319; Sisson & Martens p. 70; Woodbridge, 109, 1000 & 1004; Wikipedia.
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