New York: Haven Press, 1954. First edition. Hardcover. 242pp. Octavo [20.5 cm] 1/2 blue cloth with orange paper covered boards. Very good. The edges of the covers and spine are mildly rubbed and bumped. The spine is just a little rolled back, and the top edge of the text block is lightly soiled. The endsheets are slightly darkened near the hinges. The dust jacket is in good condition only, with numerous pieces of tape backing small losses and closed tears. The longest closed tear is 2 inches long. The largest loss measures 1/2 of an inch wide by 3/4 of an inch deep. Also mildly rubbed, creased and age-toned. The rear panel has just a light trace of soiling and staining. Price-clipped. Item #34942
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 world. 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.