Songs of the Spoiled. ANARCHISM, Jo LABADIE.

Songs of the Spoiled

Bubbling Waters [Wixom, MI]: Labadie Shop, 1922. Edition Not Stated. 16mo (14cm.); publisher's pink and white wall-paper wrappers, 64pp.; text printed in dark purple on double leaves. Chips and wear to wrapper edges, with ca 1/4" x 3/4" loss at bottom of front cover; contents clean, tight and unmarked. Very Good overall, in unusual wallpaper wrappers.

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?"

Price: $75.00

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