"I look upon Upton
Sinclair as one of the greatest novelists in the world, the Zola of
America." -Arthur Conan Doyle
One of America's most
influential novels of social reform:
Upton Sinclair's The Jungle
first edition, inscribed by the author
||"There was never the
least attention paid to what was cut up for sausage; there would come
all the way back from Europe old sausage that had been rejected, and
that was moldy and white - it would be dosed with borax and glycerine,
and dumped into the hoppers, and made over again for home
There would be meat that had tumbled
out on the floor, in the dirt and sawdust, where the workers had tramped
and spit uncounted billions of consumption germs. There would be meat
stored in great piles in rooms; and the water from leaky roofs would
drip over it, and thousands of rats would race about on it.
It was too dark in these storage
places to see well, but a man could run his hand over these piles of
meat and sweep off handfuls of the dried dung of rats. These rats were
nuisances, and the packers would put poisoned bread out for them; they
would die, and then rats, bread, and meat would go into the hoppers
together. This is no fairy story and no joke; the meat would be shoveled
into carts, and the man who did the shoveling would not trouble to lift
out a rat even when he saw one - there were things that went into the
sausage in comparison with which a poisoned rat was a tidbit."
|SINCLAIR, Upton. The Jungle. New York: The Jungle Publishing Co., 1906. Octavo, original green cloth, stamped in white and black.
With Sustainers’ Edition label on front pastedown. $2500.
First edition, first issue, inscribed by Sinclair: "To Joseph Edwards with fraternal greetings of The
Author". Edwards was the Liverpool editor of the Labour
intended to create sympathy for the exploited and poorly treated
immigrant workers in the meat-packing industry, The Jungle
instead aroused widespread public indignation at the quality of and
impurities in processed meats and thus helped bring about the passage of
federal food-inspection laws. Sinclair ironically commented at the time,
'I aimed at the public's heart and by accident I hit it in the stomach.'
The Jungle is the most enduring of the works of the 'muckrakers'.
Published at Sinclair's own expense after several publishers rejected
it, it became a best-seller, and Sinclair used the proceeds to open
Helicon Hall, a cooperative-living venture in Englewood, N.J." (Britannica).
A near fine copy with cloth clean and bright; extremely slight toning to spine, spine ends showing very minor wear.