Bricks Without Straw [Inscribed & Signed by the Author & Sixty-Two Guests at a Party Thrown by Dave Thompson and Barney Dreyfus, March 11, 1939]
New York: Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1938. Reprint. Octavo (20.5cm.); publisher's red cloth, decorative spine stamped in black and gilt, red topstain; ,365pp. Cloth rather discolored from damp and soil, most heavily so to rear cover, spine cocked, brief and shallow loss of cloth and board at top edge of rear cover. Good to Very Good only. Inscribed and signed by the author on front free endpaper along with the ownership pressure stamp of the United Cannery, Agricultural, Packing and Allied Workers of America (CIO).
From the manuscript note on front free endpaper verso: "This book was won at a Party given by Dave Thompson and Barney Dreyfus at 311 1/2 Filbert St., San Francisco, California on March 11, 1939. Won by John Coon, expelled S.U.P. member, who fought for Democracy in Spain. Guests attending... [followed by sixty-two signatures covering the remaining leaf and the half title page recto and verso]." Included among the signatures are H.F. Dean, member of the aforementioned Socialist Union Party, a shortlived De Leonist organization founded by Abraham Ziegler after his own expulsion from the Socialist Labor Party; Thomas Norton, another Abraham Lincoln Brigade veteran; the Australian-born American union leader Harry Bridges, co-founder of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union; and the hosts Thompson and Dreyfus.