New York: The Jungle Publishing Co., 1906. Mixed state of the first edition, with a cancel title page, unbroken "1" on copyright page, and no Sustainer's label. 20 cm. ,413,[1, blank]pp. Dark olive decorative cloth stamped in black and white, with factory illustration to front cover. Light wear to spine ends and corners; white of spine lettering gone; light occasional soiling; contemporary gift inscription; slight musty odor. Good.
Early printing of Sinclair's groundbreaking novel, whose depiction of the poverty and misery of meatpacking workers' lives -- not to mention what went into the meat they produced -- caused an international sensation and ultimately led to the creation of the US Food & Drug Administration. "Into it had gone Sinclair's heartsick discovery of the filth, disease, degradation, and helplessness of the packing workers' lives. But any muckraker could have put this much into a book; the fire of the novel came from Sinclair's whole passionate, rebellious past, from the insight into the pattern of capitalist oppression show him by Socialist theory, and from the immediate extension into the characters' lives of his own and his wife's struggle against hunger, illness and fear. It was the summation of his life and experience into a manifesto" (Rideout pp. 33-34).