London: Hammond, Hammond & Co. Ltd. 1951. First British edition. Hardcover. 445pp. Octavo [21.5 cm] Red cloth covered boards with the title stamped in gilt on backstrip. Very good. The spine ends and edges of the covers are very slightly faded. There is a tiny stain on the front board, along the joint. Light soiling to the top edge of the text block. The pages are subtly yellowed. In a very good dust jacket. Mildly yellowed, creased and rubbed. There are multiple very small closed and open tears in the edges. The longer closed tears measure 1/2 of an inch long. There is a circular abraded area on the rear panel. This damage most likely occurred when a price sticker was removed. The jacket is bright and clean. Item #33948
Stegner novel based on the life of Joe Hill. Joe Hill was executed by a firing squad at the old territorial prison in Salt Lake City, in what became known as the "shot heard round the world,"setting off labor riots in major U.S. cities and capitals around the globe. Joe Hill's last words were "don't mourn, organize". Joe Hill, along with Mother Jones and Big Bill Heywood, were the most famous of all the anarchist wobbly leaders of the early 20th century. Colberg #A11.2.