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The Mother of the Hoboes and Other Stories
Erie, PA: A-No.1 Publishing Company, 1918. Sixth Edition. Paperback. No.9 in A-No.1's fictionalized hoboe series. Collects five stories, chief among them being "Mother Delcassee of the Hoboes," about the female proprietor of a hobo flophouse in the French Quarter of New Orleans. A-No.1, moniker of real-life vag Leon Ray Livingston...
[Item #25202]
Price: $200.00
 
The Mother of the Hoboes and Other Stories. A-No.1, pseud Leon Ray Livingston.
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Hobo Press / The Bowery News. The Voice of Society's Basement. No. 63 (July 1959)
New York: The Bowery News Co. 1959. First Edition. Tabloid, ca 17-1/2" x 12"; 12pp. Horizontal fold (as issued); printed on blue paper; bit of sun-fading at folded edge, else a rather fresh, well-preserved copy, VG or better. Contributions from "Buffalo Chuck," "Hobo Buck and Margie," "Old Timer J.N.," and...
[Item #29590]
Price: $100.00
 
Hobo Press / The Bowery News. The Voice of Society's Basement. No. 63 (July 1959). Harry Baronian.
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Depression Pioneers (WPA Social Problems Series, No. 1)
Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1939. First edition. Paperback. Plea for humane policies for migrant laborers and others made homeless by the Great Depression. Portions extracted from the WPA Monograph Migrant Families, by John N. Webb and Malcolm Brown. Octavo. Staple-bound pamphlet; pictorial wrappers; 19pp; illus. Bump to bound edge...
[Item #17927]
Price: $45.00
 
Depression Pioneers (WPA Social Problems Series, No. 1). David Cushman COYLE.
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The Bye-Ways of Crime, with Some Stories From the Black Museum
London: Greening & Co. 1899. First Edition. Hardcover. A charming survey of British low-life, documenting the methods and practices of pick-pockets, safe-crackers, card sharpers, portico thieves, shoplifters, forgers, and other criminals in common circulation in Edwardian London. Includes a chapter on "Rogues and Vagabonds." With about 50 text illustrations, all...
[Item #15339]
Price: $175.00
 
The Bye-Ways of Crime, with Some Stories From the Black Museum. CRIME & UNDERWORLD, R. J. POWER-BERREY.
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The Main Stem
New York: The Vanguard Press, 1927. First Edition. Hardcover. A notable novel of hobo life. Uncommon, in or out of jacket. Not in HANNA. 12mo. Gold cloth boards, stamped in maroon on spine and front cover; 212pp. Tight, straight copy, Near Fine; lacking the jacket.
[Item #18811]
Price: $60.00
 
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The Main Stem
New York: The Vanguard Press, 1927. First Edition. Hardcover. A notable novel of hobo life. Uncommon, in or out of jacket. Not in HANNA. 12mo. Gold cloth boards, stamped in maroon on spine and front cover; 212pp. Cloth soiled; spine slighlty cocked, but text clean and tight. A solid and...
[Item #18886]
Price: $30.00
 
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The Autobiography of a Beggar. Prefaced by Some of the Humorous Adventures & Incidents related in The Beggars' Club [Signed Presentation Copy]
Boston: Small, Maynard & Co. 1903. First Edition. Hardcover. Friedman's fourth book, following closely on his Rideout-listed socialist novel "By Bread Alone". A highly interesting association, inscribed to one of the foremost left-wing political cartoonists of the era. An uncommon book in any incarnation; this a particularly fresh and desirable...
[Item #18821]
Price: $500.00
 
The Autobiography of a Beggar. Prefaced by Some of the Humorous Adventures & Incidents related in The Beggars' Club [Signed Presentation Copy]. I. K. FRIEDMAN, William Glackens, illus.
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Give the Boy a Chance. Describing The Children's Temple Home and Beulah Land Farm in its Work of Rescuing the Homeless and Neglected Street Waifs
Chicago: Children's Temple, 1900. First Edition. Hardcover. Volume by Herman Swift, extolling the virtues of his Chicago-based Children's Temple Home and Michigan-based Beulah Land Farm - both philanthropic ventures to fight the plague of homeless boys, orphans, and juvenile delinquents in the midwest. Illustrated throughout with group photographs of boys...
[Item #30192]
Price: $50.00
 
Give the Boy a Chance. Describing The Children's Temple Home and Beulah Land Farm in its Work of Rescuing the Homeless and Neglected Street Waifs. HOBOES, "THE FRIEND OF BOYS", pseud. of Herman Swift.
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Tramping With Tramps: Studies and Sketches of Vagabond Life
New York: The Century Co. 1899. First Edition. Hardcover. Tan cloth boards, printed in red; xiv, 398pp; illus. Brief wear; spine slightly sunned; corner chip to front endpaper; contemporary ownership signature. A tight, straight Very Good copy. Collects Flynt's writings on America's transient underworrld, a subject with which he was...
[Item #8524]
Price: $75.00
 
Tramping With Tramps: Studies and Sketches of Vagabond Life. HOBOES, Josiah FLYNT.
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Vagrancy in the United States. A Paper Presented at the Thirty-fourth Annual Session of the National Conference of Charities and Corrections, Minneapolis, Minn., June 14, 1907
New York: Privately Printed, 1907. First edition. Detailed investigation of the growing problem of the interrelation of tramps and railroads, collecting statistics and anecdotal evidence from various governmental authorities, from charity organizations, and from railroad companies around the country. The author was a criminologist and sociologist of the underworld; his...
[Item #9968]
Price: $125.00
 
Vagrancy in the United States. A Paper Presented at the Thirty-fourth Annual Session of the National Conference of Charities and Corrections, Minneapolis, Minn., June 14, 1907. HOBOES, Orlando F. Lewis.
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Rhymes of the Road. Written for the Entertainment of Brother Knights of the Grip Sack and Other Friends
Dryden, NY: Stilwell & Ross, Publishers, 1909. First Edition. Hardcover. Curious self-published volume of hobo poems, written and dedicated to "trav'ling men." Though Nichols claimed a Cortland, NY address at time of publication, evidence points to considerable time as a traveling man himself, documenting they rhymes and folk songs of...
[Item #30191]
Price: $75.00
 
Rhymes of the Road. Written for the Entertainment of Brother Knights of the Grip Sack and Other Friends. HOBOES, I. E. NICHOLS.
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Sister of the Road: the Autobiography of Box-Car Bertha, as Told to Dr. Ben L. Reitman [Review Copy]
New York: Macaulay, 1937. First Edition. Hardcover. Fictionalized aubobiography of "Boxcar Bertha" Thompson, providing a frank depiction of the life of a female hobo, surviving the Great Depression by riding the rails with occasional forays into petty crime and prostitution. By the infamous "Hobo King" Ben Reitman, whose career as...
[Item #19245]
Price: $85.00
 
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Tales of the St. John River
Toronto: William Briggs, 1904. First Edition. Hardcover. Small octavo (19.5cm.); publisher's green decorative cloth embossed in white and gilt, top edge gilt; 132pp.; photographic frontispiece. Light shelf wear, contemporary gift inscription to front free endpaper effaced, else Near Fine. Collection of seven short stories by the Canadian author, many involving...
[Item #31363]
Price: $65.00
 
Tales of the St. John River. Ernest S. KIRKPATRICK.
14.

Fishke the Lame
New York: Thomas Yoseloff, [1960]. First Thus. Hardcover. Yiddish short story originally published in 1869 and expanded to novel length in 1888 recounting the lives of two crippled beggars and their competitor, a book peddler named Alter. A blistering critique of Jewish 19th-century society and its contempt for the poor...
[Item #25740]
Price: $25.00
 
Fishke the Lame. MENDELE MOCHER SEFORIM, pseud. of Sholem Yankev Abramovitsh, trans Gerald Stillman, illus Ahron Gelles.
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"How to Save the Boys." A Proposed Plan for County Industrial Farms for Vagrant, Homeless, and Wayward Boys
Paterson, N.J. Press of News Printing Co. 1893. First Edition. Paperback. Proposal inspired by both urban growth in the state of New Jersey as well as the economic depression of 1893. Addressed to the state Legislature regarding a certain class of vagrant boys found in the large cities of New...
[Item #22449]
Price: $250.00
 
"How to Save the Boys." A Proposed Plan for County Industrial Farms for Vagrant, Homeless, and Wayward Boys. William NELSON, & Peter Doremus, Francis Scott.
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Twenty Below: Being a Drama of the Road [Limited Edition, Inscribed & Signed to Cathleen Nesbitt]
London: Robert Holden & Co. Ltd. 1927. First Edition. Hardcover. Limited to 100 copies of which this is no. 9. Octavo (19.5cm.); original yellow cloth, printed paper spine label; xiv,91pp. Spine significantly toned, tiny loss to spine label touching one word without loss of meaning, some light shelf wear, interior...
[Item #32504]
Price: $150.00
 
Twenty Below: Being a Drama of the Road [Limited Edition, Inscribed & Signed to Cathleen Nesbitt]. Robert NICHOLS, Jim Tully.
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Waiting for Nothing
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1935. First Edition. Hardcover. Quintessentially bleak novel of the Great Depression, written by a West Virginia drifter who famously scribbled his story down on scrap paper scrounged on the streets, in boxcars, and in hobo jungles. The novel was highly praised upon publication, but Kromer...
[Item #8536]
Price: $175.00
 
Waiting for Nothing. RADICAL & PROLETARIAN FICTION, GREAT DEPRESSION, Tom KROMER.
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Let Me Breathe Thunder
New York: Doubleday, Doran, 1939. First Edition. Hardcover. HANNA 149. COAN p. 80. GLOSTER, p.249. Attaway's first novel, of two migratory workers and a young Mexican boy drifting through the Northwest and the prairie. Gloster says of Attaway that he "was more active than any other Negro fiction writer of...
[Item #6894]
Price: $200.00
 
Let Me Breathe Thunder. RADICAL & PROLETARIAN LITERATURE, AFRICAN AMERICAN AUTHORS, HOBOES, William ATTAWAY.
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All Giants Wear Yellow Breeches - A Chronicle of Boyhood
New York: William R. Scott, 1935. First Edition. Paperback. Autobiographical novel of a midwestern childhood. In the jacket bio, the author describes himself as a "a common hobo...I slept in depots and doorways, worked occasionally as farm hand, hotel night watchman, well digger, nurseryman; I associated with stiffs and panhandlers...
[Item #13120]
Price: $75.00
 
All Giants Wear Yellow Breeches - A Chronicle of Boyhood. SOCIAL FICTION, HOBOES, Vernon PATTERSON.
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All Giants Wear Yellow Breeches: A Chronicle of Boyhood
New York: William R. Scott, [1935]. First Edition. Hardcover. Autobiographical novel of a midwestern childhood. In the jacket bio, the author describes himself as a "a common hobo...I slept in depots and doorways, worked occasionally as farm hand, hotel night watchman, well digger, nurseryman; I associated with stiffs and panhandlers...
[Item #31391]
Price: $50.00
 
All Giants Wear Yellow Breeches: A Chronicle of Boyhood. SOCIAL FICTION, HOBOES, Vernon PATTERSON.
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The Nomads
St. Louis: Cosmos Publishing Co. 1903. First Edition. Hardcover. A lively, if slightly sophomoric, picaresque romance of two young men who hit the boxcars in pursuit of gold and adventure. Along the way they support themselves by begging and working odd jobs. Though of dubious authenticity -- one gets the...
[Item #16467]
Price: $75.00
 
The Nomads. Charles SUMMERS.
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The Nomads
St. Louis: Cosmos Publishing Co. 1903. First Edition. Hardcover. A lively, if slightly sophomoric, picaresque romance of two young men who hit the boxcars in pursuit of gold and adventure. Along the way they support themselves by begging and working odd jobs. Though of dubious authenticity -- one gets the...
[Item #27949]
Price: $75.00
 
The Nomads. Charles SUMMERS.
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Beggars Abroad
Garden City: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1930. First Edition. Hardcover. Memoir of Tully's first trip abroad, tramping through Europe and meeting everyone from down-and-out boxers to the likes of H.G. Wells, Bernard Shaw, James Joyce, and Clarence Darrow. First Printing. Octavo (19.5cm); light green cloth, with titles stamped in hunter...
[Item #23979]
Price: $250.00
 
Beggars Abroad. Jim TULLY.
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Beggars Abroad [With ALS Laid-In]
Garden City: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. 1930. First Edition. Hardcover. The author's seventh book. "At the height of his literary celebrity, Tully headed to Europe for the first time, paying a visit to his family's native Ireland and also making the rounds in Glasgow, London and Paris, leveraging his...
[Item #29564]
Price: $750.00
 
Beggars Abroad [With ALS Laid-In]. Jim TULLY.
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Biddy Brogan's Boy
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1942. First Edition. Hardcover. Tully's final novel, a nostalgic look at his family, upbringing, and Ohio roots, as well as a young boy's life on the road. "Biddy Brogan, the son of Irish immigrant parents, grows up the hard way. From an Ohio orphanage where...
[Item #18468]
Price: $350.00
 
Biddy Brogan's Boy. Jim TULLY.


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