Wayne S. and Peggy Martin Collection of Jack London Materials to be sold

On June 25, 2015, PBA Galleries will be offering at auction the Jack London

collection formed by the late Wayne S. Martin of Santa Rosa, California.

Wayne and his wife Peggy were active and early supporters of the Jack

London Foundation and the Jack London Society, and passionate collectors of

London’s work, as well as close friends of the late Becky London, Russ

Kingman and Milo Shepard, from whom they obtained many items. The

collection,  one of the last great collections in private hands, was formed

over the last 45 years. Items to be offered include all the first editions,

many inscribed and/or in jackets, variant issues and bindings, his wife

Charmian’s own books inscribed, rare ephemera, early appearances including

his High School literary magazine The Aegis, photographs, typescripts,

manuscripts and many letters, including his correspondence concerning his

growing of Eucalyptus trees in California. A rare item of great interest is

the diary kept on his South Seas voyage on the Snark, by his private valet

and companion Yoshimatsu Nakata, handwritten written in both English and

Japanese. Many of the items had been loaned to the Huntington Library for

their monumental exhibition in 1998-9, The Wisdom Of The Trail, Jack London

Author and Adventurer. The catalogue will be posted on our website

www.pbagalleries.com a few weeks prior to the sale