Songs of the Spoiled. ANARCHISM, Jo LABADIE.

Songs of the Spoiled

Bubbling Waters [Wixom, MI]: Labadie Shop, 1922. Edition Not Stated. Possibly unrecorded state of this collection of anarchist poetry, all other copies we have encountered, including in OCLC, listed at 64pp. Labadie, noted labor organizer and collector of anarchist ephemera, opened his tramp printing concern outside Detroit "principally for love," prices of the works depending on what the customer could pay. Consequently Labadie expanded his enterprise to include job printing in order to supplement the pittance the press made otherwise (see Carlotta R. Anderson, "All-American Anarchist" (1998), p. 212). The present work is one of several such collections of poetry and songs published in the decade prior to Labadie's death in 1933, and includes such pieces as "The Leader" ("When picking out a leader / Don't be in any haste, / And even when you've got him / See that he's not misplaced, / As few men have the power / To resist temptation"); "Workers, Unite"; "Ye Dollar Chasers" ("Ye cult of folly"); and our personal favorite "Altruist or Ninnyhammer?" 16mo (14cm.); publisher's hand-stitched marbled wrappers, typescript paper label mounted to upper cover; 52pp.; text printed in dark purple on double leaves. Light wear with tiny loss at top fore-edge corner of upper cover, textblock uniformly toned, else Very Good or better. At head of title page: "The Labadie Booklets."

Price: $75.00

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