"INTO THIS WILD-BEAST TANGLE THESE MEN HAD BEEN BORN WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT": HANDSOMELY BOUND FIRST EDITION OF THE JUNGLE
SINCLAIR, Upton. The Jungle. New York: Jungle Publishing, 1906. Octavo, modern full dark green morocco gilt, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edgs gilt; original pictorial green cloth bound in at rear. $1200.
First edition of Sinclair's muckraking classic, handsomely bound in full morocco-gilt by Whitman Bennett of New York, with the original pictorial cloth covers and spine mounted and bound in at the rear.
Sinclair's famous exposé of Chicago meatpacking practices led to the immediate passage of food-inspection laws, but failed to generate the groundswell of sympathy for the International Socialist cause for the author had hoped would follow. "Sinclair in The Jungle has given to the world a close, a striking, and in many ways a brilliant study of the great industries of Chicago, beginning with the stockyards, using the characters of his story as subjects on which to demonstrate the effect upon human beings of the fierce struggle for work, for wages, and for life in those vast establishments" (New York Times, 1906). First state, with "1" on copyright page unbroken. Rohde, 38. Bookplate.
Fine condition, a handsome volume.