George Milburn. The Hobo's Hornbook, A Repertory for a Gutter Jongleur [with:] An Archive of Seven Milburn Typed Letters. New York: Ives Washburn, 1930. First edition. Signed by the author on front pastedown. About very good in torn dust jacket. Scarce.

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    First edition. Signed by the author in ink on the front pastedown. Octavo. 295 pages. Decorations by William Siegel.


    Original beige wide-weave cloth with titles stamped in brown on the spine and front board. Dust jacket with large areas of loss on the front panel, spine and rear panel. Binding slightly browned on the spine and tops of the boards. Contents slightly browned, textblock a bit loose, else about very good.


    Milburn's classic book of hobo poetry and songs is accompanied by seven of his typed letters written to Charles Miles of the University of Oklahoma Book Exchange. The letters have dates ranging from January 24, 1935 through September 26, 1936. Six of the letters are signed by Milburn; five of those have additional autograph notes; and three of those retain their original transmittal envelopes. The letters deal mainly with the business of his books, his financial situation, personal matters and many other interesting subjects.

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