Riverside, CT: Hillacre, 1914. First Edition. One of 165 copies printed on Omadaka Japan paper (from a total edition of 200). Small quarto (25cm); brown paper-covered boards, with titles stamped in gilt on spine and front cover; publisher's original glassine overlay and paper-covered slipcase; pp. Fine in Very Good+ example of the glassine, gently sunned and with a few nicks at spine, and a shallow loss to lower left corner of rear panel; slipcase lightly edgeworn, with a few thin splits along one of the rear joints; Very Good+.
Giovannitti, an Italian emigre Socialist and IWW organizer, devoted his life in more or less equal measure to the writing of poetry and to sowing the seeds of discontent. Occasionally, as in the current work - a profound indictment of "rotting traditions and living men," written while imprisoned in the Salem, Massachusetts jail for his role in the Lawrence Textile Strike - he managed to do both at once. Uncommon in this condition, particularly with the glassine present.