You Can't Win, Jack Black
First edition, third printing of this important autobiography by professional burglar and hobo, Jack Black. The book, which describes his days on the road and life as an outlaw, was written as an anti-crime book urging criminals to go straight, but it is also his statement of belief in the futility of prisons and the criminal justice system, hence the title of the book. You Can't Win would prove influential to the Beats and in particular William S. Burroughs, who would later write the forward to the 1988 reprint.
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1926. Original red cloth with gilt spine lettering, in a facsimile dust jacket for presentation. A fair to good copy. Boards show areas of some staining and discoloration, wear to cloth with a small tear to front joint near spine crown, fraying with a bit of loss to spine heel. Front hinge sound, rear hinge sprung with remnants of old reinforcement along with a small bookshop sticker, owner's information to flyleaf, offsetting to endpapers, else internally clean. Scarce.