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[Advertising Poster] From the articles on the Pennsylvania Coal Regions in The Century for April...

[Advertising Poster] "From the articles on the Pennsylvania Coal Regions in The Century for April" [1898]

by [MINING - PENNSYLVANIA] [HAMBIDGE, Jay, illus]

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New York: Orcutt Co, [1898]. Lithograph in colors, 49cm x 32.5cm (19" x 12-3/4"). Printed on thin coated stock, text in three lines below large central image of a bearded laborer. Small marginal loss at left (away from printed area); a few small marginal tears, small area of ink (?) specks at left of image. Overall Very Good. The artwork is unsigned; date and artist supplied by us (see below). Original newsstand advertising poster for the April, 1898 issue of Century, illustrated with a dramatic portrait of a coal worker by the prominent Canadian-American illustrator Jay Hambidge (1867-1924). The portrait is one of a dozen or so by Hambidge published to illustrate an article by Henry Edward Drood on the recent disruptions in the Pennsylvania anthracite fields. In its magazine appearance, this portrait is captioned "A Factor in the Problem (Italian)" and illustrates a passage by Drood on the problems of immigrant enfranchisement: "...A vote of the English-speaking man who reads these words will… Read More
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Altars to Mammon. Illustrations by F. Dana Marsh

Altars to Mammon. Illustrations by F. Dana Marsh

by [SOCIAL FICTION] [OHIO] NEFF, Elizabeth [Hyer]

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New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1908. First Edition. Octavo. Original pictorial cloth boards; 334pp. Upper edge dusted; pencil ownership signature; still a tight, Near Fine copy with inked titles and decorations bright and unrubbed. A young Methodist clergyman in an Ohio mining town wages a successful campaign against the bigotry and corruption of his congregation. The novel received high praise in the Yale Literary Magazine, which called it "living proof that practical service is of more use than loud profession," and a "striking argument against that doctrinal conservatism that spells only moss-backed bigotry" (Vol. LXXIII p.335). HANNA 2615.
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Australia: Its Scenery, Natural History, and Resources. With A Glance at its Gold Fields
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Australia: Its Scenery, Natural History, and Resources. With A Glance at its Gold Fields

by KIDDER, Daniel P.

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New York: Carlton & Phillips, 1854. 16mo (15cm). In original green cloth, blindstamped on boards, titled in gold on spine; yellow endpapers; 207pp; wood-engraved frontispiece depicting "Gold Miners at Work." Ink inscription to f.f.e.p., dated 1855. A straight, sound copy, much rubbed, foxed throughout: Good. With a chapter on "The Gold Fields of Australia--The Discovery, the Excitement, and the Crowd." First published in London by the Religious Tract Society (see FERGUSON 6295).
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Black Hills Views

by [SOUTH DAKOTA] PETERSON & CARWILE (publishers)

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Deadwood, SD: Peterson & Carwile, [ca 1903]. First Edition. Oblong octavo (18cm x 27cm). Publisher's pebbled cloth, titled in gilt on front cover; title page, [2]pp text + 63 photographic illustrations (halftones) on 31 unnumbered leaves. Mild external soil; marginal thumb-soil to a few leaves and child's pencil scrawl faintly visible on the margins of two plates. Still a complete, Very Good copy. Uncommon souvenir view book of Deadwood, Lead City, Hot Springs and vicinity, with many views of gold mining operations around Deadwood as well as several Native American portraits on the Crow and Sioux reservations (one captioned extremely offensively), city views, the spas at Hot Springs, etc. Two dozen or so copies in institutional collections, but not frequent in commerce; this a rather nice copy. JENNEWEIN (Black Hills Booktrails) 231.
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Black Lung Bulletin - Black Lung Assn Newsletter. Volume 2, number 6 (December, 1971)

Black Lung Bulletin - Black Lung Assn Newsletter. Volume 2, number 6 (December, 1971)

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Charleston, WV: Black Lung Association, 1971. Scarce original issue. 4pp bifolium, 11" x 8-1/2". Minor edgewear, still Very Good or better. Monthly newsletter of the Black Lung Association, a worker-led advocacy group that coalesced around the passage of coal mining legislation requiring mine operators to admit liability for pneumoconiosis, a chronic lung disease affecting soft-coal miners. The group's efforts led to the Black Lung Act of 1972, the first legislation specifically to provide relief for black-lung infected miners. This issue includes an article ("Take Action") by Arnold Miller, the principal figure behind the Black Lung fight.
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Blood & Coal

Blood & Coal

by GEORGE, Henry (III)

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Philadelphia: Dorrance & Company, 1950. First Edition. First printing. 12mo (19.5cm). Red cloth, titled in gilt on spine and front cover; dustjacket; 232pp. Straight, unmarked, Near Fine copy in the original pictorial dustwrapper, unclipped ($2.50 price on front flap), lightly rubbed at spine ends, Very Good or better. A novel of the West Virginia coalfields, with a disastrous cave-in as the central plot device. The novel was written as an exposé of dangerous conditions in American mines, and concludes with a plea to readers to support a House bill requiring owners to close mines that did not meet federal safety standards. The author was the grandson of economic reformer Henry George. A very nice copy of a book not seen frequently in commerce; plentiful in institutional collections but most appear to be circulating copies. HANNA 1379.
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Capitalism's Individual Ownership, the Deep Thing of God; or, The Only Solution of the Coal...

Capitalism's Individual Ownership, the Deep Thing of God; or, The Only Solution of the Coal Problem, the Labor Problem, the Farm Problem, and of Each and All Problems of Wealth and Poverty, and of Democracy and Liberty

by BOLEN, George L.

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Battle Creek, MI: Wages, Wealth and Welfare Press, 1929. First Edition. Octavo (23.5cm.); original blue cloth, upper cover and spine lettered in gilt; viii,760pp. Shows signs of being ex-library, with minor spine label residue and redacted rubberstamp to front free endpaper; spine quite darkened, else Very Good and sound.
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The City's Danger and Defense. Or, Issues and Results of the Strikes of 1877, Containing the...
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The City's Danger and Defense. Or, Issues and Results of the Strikes of 1877, Containing the Origin and History of the Scranton City Guard

by [ORGANIZED LABOR & IWW] LOGAN, Samuel C.

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Scranton: [Samuel C. Logan], 1887. First Edition. Octavo (22.5cm.); original decorative tan cloth embossed in gilt, floral endpapers; viii,355pp.; photographic portrait frontispiece inscribed and signed in facsimile, 9 leaves of photographic illustrations, maps in text. Very slightly ex-Lacka. Historical Society with their ownership rubberstamp to front flyleaf and tiny paper remnent at spine foot, some wear to extremities with brief exposure at corners, shallow loss at spine crown, else Near Very Good. History of Scranton after the local events of the Great Railroad Strike of 1877, during which a group of more than 200 vigilantes fired on a crowd of unarmed striking miners, killing three and leading to the city's being placed under martial law.
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The Communist Party and the Coal Crisis

The Communist Party and the Coal Crisis

by [CPGB] HORNER, Arthur

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London: Communist Party of Great Britain, [1945]. First Edition. 12mo pamphlet. Staple-bound, pictorial self-wrappers; 8pp. Complete, clean and unmarked; Very Good or better. Transcript of a speech made to delegates at the 18th National Party Congress, November 1945.
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Coot

by ROOT, William Pitt

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[Oracle, AZ]: Pipedream Press, 1979. Reprint. Signed by the author on title page. Second (?) printing. Octavo; staple-bound pictorial wrappers with matching card dustwrapper; 15,(4)pp. Fine, in slightly soiled dustwrapper. Reprint of the 1977 Confluence Press edition. Fifteen narrative poems on southwestern mining and prospecting themes.
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Deep in the Hearts of Men

Deep in the Hearts of Men

by WALLER, Mary E.

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Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1924. Fourth Printing. Octavo (19.5cm); red cloth boards, lettered in gilt on spine and front cover, in tan printed dust jacket; ix,[1],459pp. Minor shelf wear, outer jacket panels and flap folds a bit dust-soiled, slight spine lean, else Very Good or better. A novel of coal miners set in New Hampshire, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. A sympathetic portrait of mining life, with little or no labor content. HANNA 3667.
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Glossary of Current and Common Bituminous Coal Mining Terms

Glossary of Current and Common Bituminous Coal Mining Terms

by [DICTIONARIES] Bituminous Coal Institute

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[Washington: Bituminous Coal Institute, 1947]. Revised edition. 12mo; staple-bound card wrappers; 26pp. Tight, clean and unmarked; Very Good or better. Dictionary of terms for non-technical users. The Bituminous Coal Institute was the public-relations arm of the bituminous industry in the United States.
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Gold Mines of Fauquier County, Virginia

Gold Mines of Fauquier County, Virginia

by BARRON, Bob A.

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[Warrenton, VA]: Warrenton Printing & Publishing, 1977. First Edition. First printing. Octavo (23cm). Gold paper wrappers printed in black; [ii],57,[1]pp; black and white illustrations. Rubbed at edges, minor creasing at spine, generally Very Good or better. #61759.
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The Grapple: A Story of the Illinois Coal Region [&c...]

The Grapple: A Story of the Illinois Coal Region [&c...]

by [RADICAL & PROLETARIAN LITERATURE] COOKE, Grace MacGowan

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Boston: L.C. Page & Company, 1905. First Edition. Octavo (19.5cm); publisher's olive green pictorial cloth boards, stamped in colors on spine and front cover; [iv], [1]-415 + 2pp ads. Color frontispiece by Arthur W. Brown. Rubbing and wear to joints and extremities, a few faint stains scattered to boards, and both hinges starting, mended with clear tape; a clean copy with the pictorial elements of the binding still bright and distinct - Very Good. Strike novel with a strong anti-union message, set in the coal fields of southern Illinois. SMITH C-724. HANNA 788. Not in Blake.
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Harlan & Bell, Kentucky, 1931-2. The National Miner's Union as Reported at the Time in The Labor...

Harlan & Bell, Kentucky, 1931-2. The National Miner's Union as Reported at the Time in The Labor Defender

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Huntington, WV: Appalachian Movement Press, 1972. Reprint. Quarto (28cm). Pictorial staplebound wrappers, various paginations; illus. Mild toning to upper page edges, else Fine. A selection of articles reprinted from The Labor Defender and Labor Age depicting harsh living conditions and general union activities of the Kentucky mountaineer miner. Heavily illustrated with photographs and political drawings.
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Haywood Trial. Closing Argument of W.E. Borah

Haywood Trial. Closing Argument of W.E. Borah

by [IWW] [BIG BILL HAYWOOD] BORAH, W.E. [William Edgar]

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Boise, ID: The Statesman Shop, [1907]. First edition. Octavo. Printed wrappers; 130pp. Light wear and soil, with bumps at crown and heel of spine; still a clean, sound copy, Very Good. Full transcription of Borah's closing statement as prosecuting attorney in the case of Idaho vs. William D. Haywood et. al., for the 1905 murder of former Idaho Governor Frank Steunenberg. Borah lost the case to the brilliant defense of Clarence Darrow (the assassin was eventually discovered to be Harry Orchard, a former Wobbly turned stool-pigeon for the Cripple Creek Miner's Association). Though unsuccessful in prosecuting this case, Borah went on to a lengthy career in politics, serving six consecutive terms as U.S. Senator from Idaho.
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Horse Shoe Bottoms

Horse Shoe Bottoms

by [RADICAL & PROLETARIAN LITERATURE] TIPPETT, Tom

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New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1935. First Edition. First Printing. Octavo (21cm); beige linen, with titles stamped in red on spine and front cover; patterned endpapers; dustjacket; [vi],298pp. Medium-sized booksellers label to front pastedown, else Fine. Dustjacket is price-clipped, shelfworn and spine-sunned, with several tears and attendant creases, a few shallow losses along lower edge, with shallow loss along the length of the upper edge (minimally affecting lettering); Good to Very Good. Tippett's first novel, written on a Guggenheim Fellowship, telling the story of John Stafford, "who leaves England in the 1870's with his young bride Ellen to work in the Wantling coal mine in Illinois. Tippett tells, in great detail, of the severe life of the nineteenth century miner -- long hours of work, accidents, wage cuts...John becomes active in the union movement and is soon recognized as a leader. He is elected to represent his fellow miners at a union convention and there, under the influence… Read More
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Industrial Relations: Final Report and Testimony Submitted to Congress by the Commission on...
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Industrial Relations: Final Report and Testimony Submitted to Congress by the Commission on Industrial Relations Created by the Act of August 23, 1912

by [LABOR HISTORY] COMMISSION ON INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

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Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1916. First Edition. Eleven volumes; thick octavos (23cm.); publisher's tan double-ruled cloth, spines lettered in black. Ex-Willard Library with their contemporary bookplates to front pastedowns, cloth and textblocks a bit dust-soiled, spine cloth slightly darkened, else a Very Good, sturdy set. Issued as Senate Documents Vols. 19-29 for the 64th Congress, 1st session, December 6, 1915-September 8, 1916, Document 415. Comprehensive report of the labor struggles and laws at the turn of the 20th century, subsantially devoted to the Colorado Labor Wars. The Commission was first created in 1912 in the wake of a wave of labor disputes, and was headed by Woodrow Wilson's appointee, the progressive lawyer Frank P. Walsh. The Report, completed four years after the Commission first began its research, reached a total of 11,260 pages, the first 265pp. consisting of the report, the remaining text devoted to testimonials. Listed among the testimonials are those of… Read More
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John Riffe of the Steelworkers: American Labor Statesman

John Riffe of the Steelworkers: American Labor Statesman

by GROGAN, William

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New York: Coward-McCann, [1959]. First Edition. Octavo (20.75cm.); publisher's cloth in photo-illustrated dust jacket; 256pp.; 8 leaves of photographic illus. printed on rectos and versos. Light shelf wear to jacket extremities else Very Good or better. Biography of the former Executive Vice President of the CIO who began his career as a union organizer for the United Mine Workers and, later, Steelworkers.
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The Killer Mountains: A Search for the Legendary Lost Dutchman Mine

The Killer Mountains: A Search for the Legendary Lost Dutchman Mine

by GENTRY, Curt

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New York: New American Library, 1969. Fourth printing. Octavo (21cm). Brown paper over boards, in brown dust jacket; [x],212,[2]pp; 4 leaves of halftone illustrations. A firm copy, rubbed at edges, with a slight forward roll: Very Good or better. Jacket price-clipped, lightly rubbed, mildly toned to edges at verso: Very Good. [62593].
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