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  • FACING TWO WAYS: The Story of My Life. by Ishimoto, Baroness Shidzue (1897-2001)
    Ishimoto, Baroness Shidzue (1897-2001)
    FACING TWO WAYS: The Story of My Life.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Farrar & Rinehart Inc., (1935). Hardcover first edition - The memoirs of an 20th century Japanese feminist and one of the first women elected to the Diet of Japan. She was best known as a pioneer in the birth control movement and a strong supporter of labour reform. Born into a family of samurai, she married a young baron at an early age, and they began their life together at the Miike coal fields in Japan and she witnessed first hand the hardships endured by the miners. In 1922, she was Margaret Sanger's guide during her first trip to Japan. Illustrated with photographs in black and white. 373 pp.

    Condition: Good only in beige cloth with an illustrated pasted on label on the front cover, and a title label on the spine. (fraying to the sides of the spine, other wear.)

    Book ID: 55722
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  • TOM MARTIN: THE BREAKER BOY. by Phelps, R. P.
    Phelps, R. P.
    TOM MARTIN: THE BREAKER BOY.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Cupples & Leon Company, (1926). Hardcover first edition - A novel which grew out of the Progressive movement against child labor, set in the anthracite coal fields of Pennsylvania. "The difficult life led by children working in the mines is explored through the character of Tom Martin, who takes his first job as a breaker boy at the age of ten. From this job, Tom moves to his next position as a Fan Boy, an extremely important job requiring him to keep the fans moving in order to circulate air within the mine. Failure to keep the air moving meant that the air quality would suffer; gas would be allowed to accrue in the mines resulting in…

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    New York: Cupples & Leon Company, (1926). Hardcover first edition - A novel which grew out of the Progressive movement against child labor, set in the anthracite coal fields of Pennsylvania. "The difficult life led by children working in the mines is explored through the character of Tom Martin, who takes his first job as a breaker boy at the age of ten. From this job, Tom moves to his next position as a Fan Boy, an extremely important job requiring him to keep the fans moving in order to circulate air within the mine. Failure to keep the air moving meant that the air quality would suffer; gas would be allowed to accrue in the mines resulting in an explosion. When Tom is a little older he is given the job of coal pusher, keeping the coal moving down the chute as fast as the miner with him could work it out. When he is not quite twelve years old, Tom is employed on the rotary hand screen. The rotary screen was used to sort coal after it had been brought out of the mine. His next job is driving the mules hauling coal along the mine gangway. At thirteen Tom was hired as a miners helper. It is at this job that Tom learns how to mine, becoming familiar with all the miners tools and their uses, and how to make a cartridge for blasting. In Phelps story, Tom reaches the top of his profession, working as a miner, at the age of 14." (University of West Virginia) Illustrated by Howard L. Hastings with a frontispiece with tissue guard and three glossy internal plates. 374 pp.

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    Condition: Ex-school library with the usual markings, but overall tight and clean in brown cloth with gilt lettering and small illustration on front cover.

    Book ID: 83916
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  • REBELS IN THE SHADOWS. by Reilly, Robert T.
    Reilly, Robert T.
    REBELS IN THE SHADOWS.

    Edition: First printing.

    Milwaukee, WI: The Bruce Publishing Co., (1962.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Novel for older children and young adults set against the background of the Molly Maguires and the unrest in the Pennsylania hard-coal mines in the 1870s. Foreword, map. x, 180 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in a very good dust jacket. (offsetting to the endpapers, one short tear with associated creasing to upper edge of dj, other light edgewear.) Uncommon in this, the first edition,

    Book ID: 52024
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  • HARDCASTLE. by Yount, John,
    Yount, John,
    HARDCASTLE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Richard Marek, (1980.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Highly acclaimed novel of the Great Depression, set in a small Kentucky mining town in the 1930s. SIGNED on the front endpaper. Books signed by Yount are quite uncommon. 287 pp. ISBN: 0-399-900616.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 80737
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