New York: The Literary Guild, 1931. 8vo, [viii], 225, (1, colophon), (4, ads) pp. 2-color frontispiece, title-page vignette, and 31 smaller b/w illustrations throughout the text, pictorial endpapers, all woodcuts by J.J. Lankes. Original blue patterned cloth with printed foil label on backstrip. Backstrip faded, label is peeling off in parts, interior is sound, typed letter signed (by author) pasted to front paste-down endpaper. First edition of this story based on the ballad of John Henry, the steel-drivin man. Includes a strong letter written in July 1932 by Bradford to a Mr. Creel (perhaps George Creel, the noted PR man and democrat) expressing his support for FDR. The letter inlcudes a wonderfully scathing assessment of Herbert Hoovers abilities. Bolton, American Book Illustrators, p. 100.
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