You Can't Win, Jack Black
Second printing of this important autobiography by professional burglar and hobo, Jack Black, in the scarce original dust jacket. 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. Publisher's original red boards, gilt titles to spine; pp. xi, , 394. A near fine copy in a good, price-clipped dust jacket. Binding remains firm, gilt spine lettering vibrant, light softening to spine tips, minimal wear to boards. Offsetting to endpapers else internally quite clean. Jacket shows wear, rubbing and scattered light soiling with a bit of loss to spine tips. Rare in the jacket, protected in archival mylar.