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Great Gay in the Morning! One Group's Approach to Communal Living and Sexual Politics
Washington, NJ: Times Change Press, 1972. First edition, paperback issue (there was a simultaneous issue in boards). Covers rubbed; internally fresh and unmarked; Very Good reading copy.
[Item #18823]
Price: $20.00
 
Great Gay in the Morning! One Group's Approach to Communal Living and Sexual Politics
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The Uvdal Pilot Community (Norway). Project 323
[Paris]: European Productivity Agency, [1957]. Quarto. Printed wrappers; 37p; illus. Slight toning to wrapper extremities, else Near Fine. Chronicles the first few years of the experimental co-operative community of Uvdal, Norway. Two inserted leaves of halftone plates.
[Item #10690]
Price: $45.00
 
The Uvdal Pilot Community (Norway). Project 323
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Equality
New York: D. Appleton & Co. 1897. First Edition. The sequel to Bellamy's enormously popular Looking Backward 2000-1887. An uncommonly well-preserved example. Small octavo (20cm). Salmon cloth boards, blocked in brown and gilt on spine and front cover; viii, 412, (8)pp. Tight, clean Near Fine copy, just lightly dusted at...
[Item #17915]
Price: $75.00
 
Equality
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Looking Backward 2000-1887
Boston: Ticknor & Company, 1888. First Edition. Without question the most influential 19th-century American utopia, and included among the Grolier Club's One Hundred Influential Books Printed Before 1900. Looking Backward spawned not only a host of literary imitators, accounting for the great profusion of utopian fantasies between 1890 and 1900...
[Item #17556]
Price: $1,500.00
 
Looking Backward 2000-1887
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Social Destiny of Man: or, Association and Reorganization of Industry
Philadelphia: C.F. Stollmeyer, 1840. First Edition. Brisbane's (1809-1890) major work, and the first complete exposition in America of the ideas of the French utopian socialist Charles Fourier. As the direct inspiration for the conversion of George Ripley's Brook Farm to a Fourierist phalanx in 1842, and the subsequent establishment of...
[Item #13547]
Price: $500.00
 
Social Destiny of Man: or, Association and Reorganization of Industry
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My Friends at Brook Farm
New York: Desmond Fitzgerald, 1912. First Edition. Octavo. Green cloth boards, gilt titles; 172pp; illus. Mild soil to edges of text block, light wear, VG or better. MYERSON A133. DARE 525.
[Item #8438]
Price: $60.00
 
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The Torch
Philadelphia: Prime Press, 1948. First Edition. Future dystopia with libertarian undertones. Originally serialized in the Argosy in 1920; this is the first book edition. Small octavo (19cm). Cloth boards; pictorial dustjacket; 229pp. Illustrated by L. Robert Tschirsky. About Fine, in a bright, unclipped dustwrapper, Near Fine.
[Item #13066]
Price: $35.00
 
The Torch
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The Industrial Republic: A Study of the America of Ten Years Hence
New York: Doubleday, Page, 1907. First Edition. A key early work by Sinclair, supplying a sort of non-fiction sequel to his The Jungle, which had been published a year earlier. In the current work Sinclair analyzes present economic conditions,concentrating on wage-slavery and concentration of wealth, and predicts an inevitable social...
[Item #16763]
Price: $50.00
 
The Industrial Republic: A Study of the America of Ten Years Hence
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Communist and Co-Operative Colonies. Translated by Ernest F. Row
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Co. N.d. [1930]. First American Edition. Octavo (21cm). Black cloth boards; paper spine label; 222pp. Ink ownership signature to front endpaper, else a tight, Near Fine and unmarked copy, lacking dustwrapper.
[Item #20192]
Price: $20.00
 
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Footfalls on the Boundary of Another World. With Narrative Illustrations
Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1860. First Edition. Small 8; original blind-stamped cloth; 528pp. Contemporary ownership signature to front endpaper; signature of a later owner inside front board. Mild stain to base of front board; one signature lightly pulled (holding strong); overall a solidly Very Good copy. Robert Dale Owen (1801-1877) was the...
[Item #8444]
Price: $200.00
 
Footfalls on the Boundary of Another World. With Narrative Illustrations
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Thomas Say, Early American Naturalist.
Springfield, IL: Charles Thomas, 1931. First Edition. 8; cloth boards; xiv+260pp; bibliog; illus. Gentle fade to spine, else Fine, lacking jacket. INSCRIBED by author Weiss on front endpaper. Scholarly biography of the eminent American naturalist, with lengthy sections devoted to his period of residence at New Harmony and to the...
[Item #8445]
Price: $60.00
 
Thomas Say, Early American Naturalist.
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History of The Hopedale Community, from Its Inception to Its Virtual Submergence in the Hopedale Parish
Lowell: Thompson & Hill - The Vox Populi Press, 1897. First Edition. This copy with an undated presentation inscription to Harvard economist Charles Phillips Huse: "C.P. Huse, from his pupil, George D. Osgood. A grandson of the man who saved the Community remnants and never received any thanks for so...
[Item #8405]
Price: $300.00
 
History of The Hopedale Community, from Its Inception to Its Virtual Submergence in the Hopedale Parish
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Astyanax: an Epic Romance of Ilion, Atlantis & Amaraca
New York: Broadway Publishing Co. 1907. First edition. Octavo. Original gilt-pictorial ribbed blue cloth; variously paged; 47 inserted leaves of plates; 4 folding maps. Trivial rubbing to board corners, else a remarkable, unworn copy, very near Fine. Prehistoric lost race novel involving Atlantis, Troy, and Mexico.
[Item #11378]
Price: $300.00
 
Astyanax: an Epic Romance of Ilion, Atlantis & Amaraca
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The Pilgrims of Russian-Town. The Community of Spiritual Christian Jumpers in America. The Struggle of a Primitive Religious Society to Maintain Itself in an Urban Environment
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1932. First Edition. A study of the lives and practices of the Molokan community in Los Angeles, a group of the Russian peasant sect who dissented from the Russian Greek Orthodox church to pursue a "better way of life." Octavo (20cm). Grey cloth boards, frontis...
[Item #14896]
Price: $40.00
 
The Pilgrims of Russian-Town. The Community of Spiritual Christian Jumpers in America. The Struggle of a Primitive Religious Society to Maintain Itself in an Urban Environment
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The Primary Reform
No Place: No Publisher. First Separate. N.p. n.d (ca. 1844). 1st separate edition. 16; self-wrappers; 8pp. Mild toning to page margins, else Fine. Not in Wells, Dare or Sabin. OCLC locates only 5 copies, and provides the following note: "Originally published in the Perfectionist and Theocratic Watchman, v.4, no. 20...
[Item #8455]
Price: $200.00
 
The Primary Reform
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The Oneida Community. A Dialogue.
No Place: No Publisher. First Edition. N.p., n.d. (ca 1894). 8; self-wraps; 22pp. A fine copy. DARE 1527. A brief history of Oneida presented in the form of a dialogue between "Inquirer" and "Communist." OCLC locates a dozen copies; this is a fresh example. Octavo.
[Item #8459]
Price: $75.00
 
The Oneida Community. A Dialogue.
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The Strike of a Sex; A Novel
London: William Reeves. Second Edition. (1891). Original printed wrappers; (iv), 117 (2)pp. Losses to spine; covers chipped at extremities; early ownership signature to title page. Text intact and quite fresh; a Good or better copy of the ephemeral second British edition, issued as No. 12 in the publisher's "Bellamy Library."...
[Item #8076]
Price: $120.00
 
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Oneida Community Profiles
Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1977. First Edition. Red cloth (hardcover); 146pp. Ownership signature to front endpaper, else about fine in a lightly worn dustjacket. Intimate view of the Oneida Community, written by a descendant of its founder and based upon private family letters.
[Item #1635]
Price: $12.00
 
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Cooperative Decentralization
Suffern, NY: The School of Living, 1943. First Edition. The School Of Living was a communal experiment in co-operative, rural living organized by Ralph Borsodi in the early 1930s. The community had a number of physical locations, starting in Suffern, New York; later in central Ohio; still later near York...
[Item #14998]
Price: $75.00
 
Cooperative Decentralization
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Shaker Sermons: Scripto-Rational. Containing the Substance of Shaker Theology. Together With Replies and Criticisms Logically and Clearly Set Forth.
Shakers, NY: The Shaker Manifesto, 1879. First Edition. Major post-Civil War statement of Shaker theology, by the leader of the large Shaker community at South Union, Kentucky. Eads' work occupied the most conservative end of the Shaker theological spectrum, and this publication inspired considerable debate and controversy among the various...
[Item #8463]
Price: $300.00
 
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Chants Communal
New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1914. Second Edition. Octavo (19cm). Brown printed wrappers; 194, (4)pp. A fine, unopened and unread copy. Socialist- and utopian-inflected verse by Whitman's chief disciple and literary executor Horace Traubel (1858-1919).
[Item #18409]
Price: $15.00
 
Chants Communal
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The Harmonists: A Personal History
Harrisburg: Pennsylvania Book Service, 1943. First Edition. Excellent first-hand account of the history and final years of the Harmony Society, written by its last leader. With numerous photographic plates (halftones). Octavo. Blue cloth boards, lettered in gilt on spine; 425pp; illus. Small spot of discoloration at crown of spine; bookplate...
[Item #16633]
Price: $40.00
 
The Harmonists: A Personal History
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Shakerism or, The Romance of a Religion
Dayton: Otterbein Press, 1912. First Edition. Brief, sympathetic account of Shaker history, followed by a fundraising appeal to members of the United Brethren Church for funds to purchase and maintain the orphanage at Union Village, a former Shaker community which had been purchased by the Brethren in 1910. The author...
[Item #16636]
Price: $30.00
 
Shakerism or, The Romance of a Religion
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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...
[Item #11343]
Price: $250.00
 
The Communistic Societies of the United States; From Personal Visit and Observation
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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...
[Item #15074]
Price: $350.00
 
The Communistic Societies of the United States; From Personal Visit and Observation


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