1927 1st year edition; Jacobsen Publishing Company, New York; hardbound in mustard boards with black lettering on cover and spine; very good condition with unmarked pages; boards have minor soiling - see pics; no dust jacket.
Frederick Niven's 1927 account of his time as a hobo on the railroads enlightens and entertains in equal measure, with colourful characters and true insight into a fascinating aspect of the early 20th century. "I was just a wanderer, curiously looking at the world and encountering men I could never have met in my decorous home. As I had no trade, when I had to replenish my pocketbook (being also not a remittance man) I had to join the ranks of the unskilled laborers...and thus it was that I met Hank and Slim, the two queer men of this book-one of whom thought me queer. To those readers who may feel that I am relatively a ghost, a mere sketch, "blocked in" as painters say, and no more, I trust my explanation for that ghostliness is valid. It is of them-Hank and Slim-not of myself, I would write. You can meet the like of me any day, but you cannot so easily meet them. You have to do as I did, discard fine linen, take your home on your back like a snail, and go into the grim and beautiful world for that. I think it is in a way a duty of mine to record them. There is something documentary, I think, about this narrative of railroads in sand, and whiskey, and wild honeysuckle, and untamed wanderers."