1915 LOG OF THE SNARK, by CHARMIAN LONDON - SIGNED with FULL PAGE INSCRIPTION to GEORGE STERLING'S SISTER MARIAN - Copy of CECILY CUNHA, MARIAN STERLING CUNHA'S DAUGHTER, a Swimming & Surfing Champion, with her bookplate - First Edition
THE LOG OF THE SNARK, by CHARMIAN LONDON (wife of JACK LONDON).
NEW YORK: the Macmillan Company, 1915. First Edition. In professionally rebound covers.
FULL PAGE INSCRIPTION by CHARMIAN LONDON to MARIAN (CUNHA, nee STERLING), sister of the poet GEORGE STERLING, JACK LONDON'S CLOSE FRIEND.
"Here it is at last / my happy, only, book / and who should have a / copy more than you / who knew me so long before the Snark, and have / known me so long after- / word - Jack and me! / With all best remembrances / Affectionately yours, / Charmian / Honolulu, T. H. / March 22, 1916".
Note that the inscription, dated March 22, 1916, was written while Jack London was still alive, dying just eight months later on Nov. 22, 1916. Also note that Charmian wrote: "Jack and me!". Both Jack and Charmian were close friends of George Sterling and, by association, Sterling's sister Marian (Sterling) Cunha.
Provenance: COPY OF CECILY CUNHA, daughter of MARIAN STERLING CUNHA, with her bookplate on the front pastedown. Likely rebound by Cecily Cunha in the 1960s or 1970s after the book was passed down from her mother.
Hardcover Book, professionally and attractively rebound in brown pebbled cloth covered boards, 4 raised spine bands, gilt titling to the spine, 5.5x7.5 inches, 487 pages plus 5 pages of Publisher's ads at the rear. Illustrated with 20 photographic plates, including the frontispiece photo.
VERY GOOD condition, the rebound covers are FINE, the inner pages are lightly age toned, the title page has two small pieces of the frontispiece photo attached to it that apparently were pulled by the title page from the frontispiece at some point, there is some light foxing on the pages facing the plates, the plates have some wear to their edges as normal, a result of overhanging the text block just a bit; the plate facing page 250 has more substantial edgewear than the others, including some closed tears, but not affecting the images; otherwise tight, bright, clean and clear. A solid, attractive, very presentable copy.
With the inscription and the association to George Sterling, the Sterling Family, the Cunha family, Hawaii, Swimming, Surfing, and the Pacific Ocean that Jack London so loved, this book is a UNIQUE TREASURE.
About CHARMIAN LONDON (from Wikipedia):
******Charmian Kittredge London, b.1871 d.1955, was Jack London's second wife. He divorced Bess Maddern London in 1904 and married Charmian Kittredge the next year. Biographer Russ Kingman called Charmian "Jack's soulmate, always at his side, and a perfect match."******
About GEORGE STERLING, brother of MARIAN STERLING CUNHA (from Wikipedia and The Poetry Foundation website):
******George Sterling, b.1869 d.1926, was a prominent poet and playwright and proponent of Bohemianism during the first quarter of the twentieth century. In 1905 Sterling moved to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, where he established a colony for like minded Bohemian writers. Despite his marriages and numerous affairs, Sterling was closest to Jack London and many consider Sterling London's best friend.******
About MARIAN STERLING and CLARENCE CUNHA (from The San Francisco Call, Sunday, August 26, 1906, page 38):
******MISS MARIAN STERLING and CLARENCE C. CUNHA were married this morning at 8 o'clock in St. Francis de Sales Church...Cunha is the son of a wealthy sugar planter of the Sandwich Islands...His bride is a SISTER of GEORGE STERLING, the poet...******
About CECILY CUNHA (from the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 05 Jan 1979, page 37):
******CECILY A. CUNHA, 69, a famed swimmer. She moved to Hawaii at age 2 with her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. (Marian) Clarence Cunha. As a teen age swimming champion she held the national junior title for the mile, and won the 440 and 880 yard Pacific Coast championships for women...She was also a distance swimmer in the Hawaiian Outrigger club, and among the early women surfers at Waikiki.******