The Call of the Wild. Jack London. Frontispiece and 17 plates. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1903. First edition.
London’s most famous work, blending his experiences as a gold prospector in the Canadian wilderness with his ideas about nature and the struggle for existence. He drew these ideas from various influential figures, including Charles Darwin and Friedrich Nietzsche. Although it is first and foremost a story about a dog, it displays a philosophical depth absent in most animal adventures.