Stealing Through Life
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1929. First Edition. Narrative account of Ernest Booth, a career criminal who by his own admission was an accomplished burglar and forger. "Booth's career as a thief was punctuated by several brief stays in county jails and over half of a five-year sentence at San Quentin. He secured an excellent inmate job at San Quentin (photographer), but after a parole denial, soured on it and used the position as a front to appropriate salable items from the administration." Scarce in the trade, especially in dustjacket. SUVAK 26. First Printing. Octavo (22.5cm); purple cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine and front panel; red topstain; dustjacket; 308pp, . Vintage bookseller's ticket to rear pastedown, upper board edges slightly darkened, with a slight bump to upper right corner of front panel; Near Fine. Dustjacket is price-clipped, with several edge tears and a dozen clear tape mends on verso; light wear and shallow chipping to extremities, with a deeper chip at crown (not affecting titles); just Very Good.