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The Golden Spike by  Hal Ellson - First Edition - 1952 - from Burnside Rare Books, ABAA (SKU: 140941671)

The Golden Spike

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The Golden Spike

by Ellson, Hal

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New York: Ballantine Books, 1952. First Edition. First edition, hardcover issue. 243, [7] pp. Bound in publisher's black and tan cloth with black spine lettering. Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket with light wear and creasing, very little sunning. A juvenile delinquency novel by the author of Reefer Boy and Tomboy dealing with the scourge of heroin: "Every junkie dreams of a golden spike." Includes a three page glossary of slang at the rear with such forgotten terms as "Marine Tiger"-- "a recent arrival from Puerto Rico" and "Petrified"-- "feeling extremely high.


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Burnside Rare Books, ABAA US (US)
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The Golden Spike
Ellson, Hal
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First Edition
Ballantine Books
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New York
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jd, juvenile delinquency, delinquent, gangs, crime, drugs, drug, heroin, Beat, 1950s, vice
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Portland, Oregon
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About Burnside Rare Books, ABAA

Burnside Rare Books specializes in American and British literature, and rare nonfiction. We are located in downtown Portland, Oregon and open by appointment.


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First Edition
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