Very Good. Item #5951
Erie: The A-No. 1 Publishing Company, 1914. First Edition. Vol. 5 in the overall series of 12. Small Octavo; 133pp + 3 pages of pictorial advertisements for other books in the series. Fourteen full-page line drawings and many differentiated vignette head- and tail-pieces at chapter divisions. 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. Front cover depicts the cross-dressing female tramp of the title, "Hobo Nell," looking alarmingly like Harpo Marx.
Wraps soiled overall but completely legible. Chips missing from front cover and crown and foot of spine. Erosion at spine crown and foot and all corners; corner dog-ears and creases now flattened. Evidence of dampstain on front cover, but it did not affect the textblock. Volume was solidly produced and is still complete and robust despite zealous rereading by previous owner(s).
This fifth volume in the successful series covers the adventures of a cross-dressing female tramp, and the particular misunderstandings, mild dangers, and frequent hilarity her disguise causes. It all ends well, with Nell resuming her skirts and receiving a financial windfall. A dire warning is on the reverse of the title page: "Annually, in the United States and Canada, 10,000 Girls and Women take to the road; 2500 become confirmed vagabonds; of these, 2000 become drunkards, 500 end their days as street beggars or peddlers, 400 are injured or maimed, 250 are killed by tramps, exposure, trains, etc." The author tells a jolly tale with a happy ending nonetheless.