Titel: On the Road : Journeys of a Tramping Printer...
Verlag: Caliban Books, Horsham, first edition, 1982
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included
Cloth, 8vo, 22 cm, , 184,  pp. From the blurb: "Joseph Rounsfell was a skilled compositor and proud trade unionist and this book is an account of his life "on the road" - tramping from town to town in search of work. His reminiscences are an eloquent testimonial to the trade union tramping system, and. it was Rounsfell's union, the Typographical Association, which prompted him to travel for work and gave him money for food and lodgings. On The Road was first serialised in the union's journal almost a century ago, and in these original journals, Rounsfell-reveals himself to be a master of the serialist's art. He gave a personal and precise account of life on the tramp, writing with a warmth and humour which delighted his readers, and it was through their insistence that what was intended as a short series of articles, became a substantial account of the tramping system published in monthly parts over the best of five years. Rounsfell in effect created the "Pickwick Papers" of the tramping artisan: the workhouse and the lodging house are vividly brought to life, along with the jobbing and newspaper offices, the printers' chapels and non-union shops, in which Rounsfell sought work and financial assistance. On The Road is now published in book form for the first time. It has been edited by Andrew Whitehead, who also provides an introduction describing the development of the trade union tramping system; in a biographical note on Rounsfell, Whitehead recounts how he discovered the identity of the author of On The Road - first published pseudonymously - and establishes that Rounsfell was indeed a habitual tramp and well qualified to write what is the most detailed and important surviving account of life as a trade tramp." Fine in price-clipped dustwrapper. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE-15004
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