poetry • prose • photography • spoken word • handbound • limited edition • trade

jack london • the people of the abyss • documentary novel • with all 80 original photographs

Jack London — The People of the Abyss
Jack London - The People of the Abyss - Tangerine Press
  • Three editions: trade paperback; 100 numbered & 26 lettered copies

On his way to cover the end of the Boer War in 1902 in his role as journalist, Jack London (1876-1916) was instructed to abort that mission. Stranded in London, he set about discovering the unsavoury underbelly at the heart of the British Empire. Disguised as an out-of-luck American sailor, London mingled in with the destitute and lost of the notorious East End, often sleeping rough or bedding down in one of the capital’s many dosshouses.

This joint publication by Tangerine Press and L-13 Light Industrial Workshop of Mr London’s classic account of living amongst the working class of London’s East End reinstates all 80 photographs only previously included in the 1903 first US edition.

Introduction by Iain Sinclair.

“It is good to see the photographs restored to their rightful places, interspersed throughout this lovingly produced new edition.”
Times Literary Supplement

“The unfit and the unneeded! The miserable and despised and forgotten, dying in the social shambles. The progeny of prostitution – of the prostitution of men and women and children, of flesh and blood, and sparkle and spirit; in brief, the prostitution of labor. If this is the best that civilization can do for the human, then give us howling and naked savagery. Far better to be a people of the wilderness and desert, of the cave and the squatting-place, than to be a people of the machine and the Abyss.”
— Extract from the text

AVAILABLE IN THREE EDITIONS:

Paperback £12

Numbered/signed £50

Price with shipping

LAST FEW COPIES

Lettered/signed/clamshell £***

* * * Please remember to choose your postal region from the Paypal drop-down box as per example below * * *

Stacks Image 443

More detailed information here:

Third printing due soon

£tbc plus shipping

*** pages. Format approx. 7"/170mm wide x 10"/240mm tall. Acid-free card covers, text paper and endpapers. Printed & bound in England. ISBN: 978-0-9573385-3-1

100 Numbered/signed copies

£50 plus shipping

234 pages. Format approx. 7”/175mm wide, 10”/250mm tall. Handbound at the Tangerine workshop with cloth-covered acid-free boards, conservation glue and hemp cord; foil embossed front cover artwork; full colour title page. ISBN: 978-0-9573385-4-8

Includes all 80 original black & white 'illustrations from photographs'.

Fully bound in dark purple cloth; front cover artwork embossed in gold; 3-page ‘stepped’ Canson Mi-Tientes front endpapers — the page colours being poppy red, champagne and indigo blue; Canson Mi-Tientes poppy red back endpapers; 100% recycled, acid-free text paper.

Signed by Iain Sinclair.

LAST FEW COPIES

26 Lettered/signed/clamshell copies

£*** plus shipping

234 pages. Format approx. 7”/175mm wide, 10”/250mm tall. Handbound at the Tangerine workshop with cloth-covered acid-free boards, conservation glue and hemp cord; foil embossed front cover artwork; full colour title page. ISBN: 978-0-9573385-4-8

Includes all 80 original black & white 'illustrations from photographs.

Quarter bound with Canson Mi-Tientes slate grey paper covered boards, with Japanese silk/natural linen spine; front cover artwork embossed in copper; 3-page ‘stepped’ Canson Mi-Tientes front endpapers — the page colours being poppy red, champagne and indigo blue; Canson Mi-Tientes poppy red back endpapers; 100% recycled, acid-free text paper.

Housed in a custom solander box bound with Japanese silk/natural linen. In addition there is a 'button & string' portfolio of gum prints, hand coloured by the artist Harry Adams.

All lettered copies are signed by Iain Sinclair, the publishers Michael Curran & Steven Lowe and Harry Adams.

SOLD OUT

“Hats off to Tangerine Press [and L-13 Light Industrial Workshop] for re-publishing Jack London’s descent into London’s east end. [The author] rails against the industrial machine – operating without restriction in a divided metropolis where one in every four adults died on public charity. The People of the Abyss shows how far we have come, but also the dangers of a new abyss yawning as global capitalism dumps unions and enforces zero-hour contracts, and the global arms industry’s bombs drive millions from their homes.”
The Irish Times

“It is good to see the photographs restored to their rightful places, interspersed throughout this lovingly produced new edition.”
Times Literary Supplement

“As a key text in London literature, The People of the Abyss hovers between the alchemical metaphors of dust and water in Our Mutual Friend (1864-5) by Charles Dickens and the neurotic shifts between pornography and paranoia, centre and
suburb, in Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent (1907). Everything Jack London achieves in his season in hell, when he is disguised in borrowed rags, moving with a sailor’s swagger, plays against the chilling witness of the photographs.”
Morning Star

Jack London (1876 -1916) was an American author, journalist and social activist, best known for his novels The Call of the Wild and White Fang. He came to London in the early 1900s, curious to see for himself the very heart of the British Empire. The People of the Abyss is London’s shocking, thought-provoking first-hand account of what he found there. Living in the East End, sometimes staying in workhouses or sleeping on the streets, he witnessed desperation, starvation and death on an unprecedented level. Indeed, London himself stated in an interview years later that the book “was of all his books, closest to
his heart.”

Iain Sinclair was born in 1943 in Cardiff, and studied at Trinity College, Dublin, the Courtauld Institute of Art, and the London School of Film Technique. The city of London is central to his work, and his books tell a psychogeography of the capital involving numerous characters such as those found in his book My Favourite London Devils, published by Tangerine Press. His non-fiction works include Lights Out for the Territory; Rodinsky’s Room; London Orbital; London Overground and The Last London. His novels include Downriver (1991); Landor’s Tower (2001); White Goods (2002); Dining on Stones (2004); and Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire (2009), which was shortlisted for the 2010 Ondaatje Prize. Iain Sinclair lives in Hackney, East London.

You may also be interested in:

IAIN SINCLAIR
Jack London — The People of the Abyss
AVAILABLE

Tangerine Press

Publishing misfits, mavericks and misanthropes since 2006

Contact
Submissions
Trade enquiries (bookshops, dealers, libraries)
Orders & delivery
Rights & permissions

Contact

Tangerine Press
Unit 18, Riverside Road
Garratt Business Park
London
SW17 0BA
England

info@thetangerinepress.com

Tangerine Press mailing list

KEEP UP TO DATE WITH NEW PUBLICATIONS, PROMOTIONS, NEWS & EVENTS:

© 2018 Tangerine Press