In the Clutch of Circumstance: My Own Story [Inscribed]

New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1922. First Edition. Memoir of a career criminal who spent time incarcerated in Wisconsin and Connecticut State Prisons. "His career as a law-breaker ended with his well-known burglarizing of Mark Twain's home, an unsuccessful attempt which won him the name of "the Mark Twain Burglar" (from front flap). "Criticizes the convict labor system as slavery and unjust to free workers, calls torture and punishment useless, and attributes his own reform to the "human touch" (SUVAK 155, p.46). First Printing. Octavo (20.5cm); red cloth, with titling and decorations stamped in black on spine and front cover; dustjacket; [14], 272pp. Inscribed on the front endpaper: "To Mr. and Mrs. Morrell / Two good pals and sincere friends / from the Author. Oct. 12th, 1923." Light overall wear, hand-soil to boards, top edge of textblock slightly grubby, with tiny bumps to right fore-edge; Very Good. Dustjacket is deeply price-clipped, lightly edgeworn and spine-sunned, with a few small nicks and tears; measures 1/4" taller than the book; Very Good+.

Price: $300.00

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