The Curse of Tramp Life: A True Story of Actual Tramp Life Written by Himself. The King of Hoboes A-No. 1, Joseph Earl Shrock, Leon Ray Livingston.

The Curse of Tramp Life: A True Story of Actual Tramp Life Written by Himself

Very Good. Item #5950

Cambridge Springs: The A-No. 1 Publishing Company, 1912. First Edition. Vol. 3 in the overall series of 12. Small Octavo; 133pp + 3 pages of advertisements for other books in the series. Twenty full-page line drawings and differentiated vignette head- and tail-pieces at all chapter divisions. Tramp graffiti recreated within text here and there. Stapled persimmon card wrappers, with pictorial front and vignette on back. Photographic portrait of the author (making him look very much like Enrico Caruso) on inside of front cover; additional pictorial advertisement on inside of back cover.

Wraps soiled overall but completely legible. Rear cover missing about 2" of lower left corner. Erosion at spine crown and foot and all corners; corner dog-ears and creases now flattened. Volume was solidly produced and is still complete and robust despite zealous rereading by previous owner(s).

This third volume in the successful series is more self-assured but also more admonitory than the previous two. From the Preface: "In presenting this, my third tramp-story, to the public, I do so with the assurance that this book is absolutely suited to be read by the most delicate child as well as the most dainty lady, as not a single objectionable word nor phrase is written therein." The volume is winning nonetheless.

Price: $40.00