[UTOPIAN COMMUNITIES] NORDHOFF, Charles
The Communistic Societies of the United States; From Personal Visit and Observation
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1875. First edition. Nordhoff’s survey of utopian communities, based entirely on personal visits, remains the most reliable and thorough examination by a contemporary observer, providing detailed and generally sympathetic descriptions of life at Bethel, Aurora, Icaria, Amana, Oneida, Zoar, and the various Shaker communities. This copy with the bookplate of American clergyman & writer Frederic Rowland Marvin (1847-1918), author of several undistinguished volumes of essays and verse. MILLER 138. DARE 143. HOWES N177. Publisher’s green cloth boards lettered in gilt; laid endpapers; 439, (8)pp; illus; map. Engraved bookplate of Frederic Rowland Marvin to front pastedown. Bit of minor fraying to spine ends; a bright, Near Fine copy.