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The Messenger
New York: Farrar, Straus, 1963. First Edition. Wright's acclaimed first novel, of a young southern black man's travails in New York City at the opening of the Civil Rights era. Octavo (21cm). Black paper-covered boards backed with white linen; 217pp. Faint sticker residue to front free endpaper, else a tight...
[Item #14085]
Price: $50.00
 
The Messenger
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The Gang
Indianapolis/New York: Bobbs-Merrill, [ca.1924]. Copies of The Gang are unaccountably rare in commerce, in or out of dustjacket. The present example was likely bound using leftover sheets from the First Edition, published by Henry Holt in 1921. The title page on this copy is a cancel on a stub, and...
[Item #17435]
Price: $250.00
 
The Gang
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The Boy and His Gang. Illustrated
New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1912. First Edition. Sociological study of Boston-area boy gangs, illustrated with four pages of photographic plates (halftones). The plates are evocative; though clearly staged the author appears to have used real gang members for his subjects. Puffer was Director of the Beacon Vocation Bureau, a private...
[Item #13299]
Price: $200.00
 
The Boy and His Gang. Illustrated
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Street Arabs and Gutter Snipes. The Pathetic and Humorous Side of Young Vagabond Life in the Great Cities, With Records of Work for Their Reformation
San Francisco: A.L. Bancroft & Co. 1884. First Edition. Issued simultaneously under a variety of imprints (including Boston and Chicago); curiously, OCLC offers no record of this San Francisco variant. A sensational pictorial account of the plight of America's homeless children, beggars and tramps, with desultory excursions into the topic...
[Item #13386]
Price: $200.00
 
Street Arabs and Gutter Snipes. The Pathetic and Humorous Side of Young Vagabond Life in the Great Cities, With Records of Work for Their Reformation
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Narcotic Agent
New York: Vanguard Press, 1941. First Edition. Memoir of a long-time undercover narcotic agent for the U.S. Department of Treasury, known to newspaper readers and radio audiences as "Colonel Smokey." Helbrand gives first-hand accounts of the various underworld characters he met while on the job: junkies, dealers, gangsters, and international...
[Item #18954]
Price: $350.00
 
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Child Welfare in the District of Columbia: A Study of Agencies and Institutions for the Care of Dependent and Delinquent Children
New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1924. First Edition. Documentary survey of orphanages and reform schools in metropolitan Washington, illustrated with numerous photographic plates of facilities, administrators, and inmates. Many of the subjects are African-American, and there is much information on various Black-only institutions. Octavo (24cm). Green cloth boards, lettered in...
[Item #15680]
Price: $120.00
 
Child Welfare in the District of Columbia: A Study of Agencies and Institutions for the Care of Dependent and Delinquent Children
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The Beast
New York: Doubleday, Page, 1910. First Edition. Autobiographical essays from the career of Judge Ben Lindsey, a prominent child welfare advocate and long-time chief of the Denver juvenile court. With many anecdotes relating to child welfare, gangs, and juvenile delinquency in turn-of-the-century Denver. An uncommonly well-preserved copy. Octavo (20cm). Blue...
[Item #17715]
Price: $75.00
 
The Beast
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Incidents in a Gipsy's Life [...] The Royal Epping Forest Gipsy Encampment, The Grounds, International Exhibition, Liverpool. June, 1886
Liverpool: Liverpool Printing and Stationery Company, 1886. First Edition. Scarce first-person memoir by the celebrated gipsy king George "Lazzy" Smith, whose gipsy encampment at the Liverpool International Exhibition by all accounts eclipsed all other exhibits, attracting especially young women wishing to have their fortunes told. The text includes brief accounts...
[Item #19523]
Price: $750.00
 
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The Poor In Great Cities: Their Problems and What Is Doing To Solve Them
New York: Charles Scribners Sons, 1895. First Edition. Collection of muck-raking social reform articles originally published in Scribner's Magazine during the years 1891-93. Includes such influential articles as Jacob Riis's "The Children of the Poor;" Willard Parsons' "The Story of the Fresh Air Fund;" Joseph Kirkland's "Among The Poor of...
[Item #16302]
Price: $50.00
 
The Poor In Great Cities: Their Problems and What Is Doing To Solve Them
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Boyville: A History of Fifteen Years' Work Among Newsboys. Illustrated
Toledo: Toledo Newsboys' Association, 1905. First Edition. Account, by its founder, of the Toledo Newsboys' Association, a charitable and fraternal organization engaged in the education and social rehabilitation of Toledo's newsboys, many of whom were runaways or orphans. Nicely illustrated with halftone portraits and views. Octavo. Tan cloth boards, lettered...
[Item #16168]
Price: $30.00
 
Boyville: A History of Fifteen Years' Work Among Newsboys. Illustrated