[I.W.W.] CHAPLIN, Ralph
Wobbly: The Rough-and-Tumble Story of an American Radical (Inscribed copy)
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1948. First Edition. A wonderful, if slightly odd, association between one of America's best-known Wobblies, the poet, songwriter and labor organizer Ralph Chaplin (author, among many other standards, of the IWW anthem "Solidarity Forever"); and John M. Pratt, noted anti-tax libertarian, journalist and mid-century right-winger who had a major role in quashing Harry Truman's attempt to establish universal health care in 1945. One imagines that these two figures were united (if by nothing else) by their distrust of government - a great example of political opposites meeting at their left and right extremes. Octavo. Black cloth boards, stamped in gilt and red on spine; 435pp; 4 leaves of plates (halftones). Inscribed on front free endpaper: "For John M. Pratt - Fellow Worker in the good cause of American Freedom," signed and dated 1949. Slightly worn copy, with nicks to cloth at crown and heel; spine lettering slightly faded; still solid, straight and Good.