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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. AGRICULTURAL CO-OPERATIVES, NORWAY.
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Charles Fourier: Sein Leben und Seine Theorien
Stuttgart: Verlag von J.H.W. Dietz, 1890. First Edition. German-language biography of the French utopian socialist and inventor of the Phalanstère, a building design for an intentional community. August Bebel was co-founder of the Social Democratic Workers' Party of Germany (1869) and acted as chairman of the Social Democratic Party of...
[Item #25452]
Price: $350.00
 
Charles Fourier: Sein Leben und Seine Theorien. August BEBEL, Arthur Brisbane, provenance Albert.
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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. Edward BELLAMY.
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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. Edward BELLAMY.
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Looking Backward 2000-1887
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, [1931]. Reprint. Attractive reissue, for the "Riverside Library" series, of Bellamy's landmark utopian novel. Adds a brief (4pp) introduction by the left-wing journalist Heywood Broun and a striking Art Deco dustwrapper, designed by Roland Cosimini (Jackets Required, p.24). Octavo (21cm); textured red cloth boards, with titles stamped...
[Item #27957]
Price: $85.00
 
Looking Backward 2000-1887. Edward BELLAMY, novel, Heywood BROUN, introduction.
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This Ugly Civilization
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1929. First Edition. Borsodi's first full-scale work calling for a return to agrarian homesteading and human-scale technologies. This Ugly Civilization, written at the height of (and as a direct attack on) the influence of the rhapsodists of the "Machine Age," is a prescient and scathing...
[Item #21941]
Price: $200.00
 
This Ugly Civilization. Ralph BORSODI.
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This Ugly Civilization
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1929. First Edition. Borsodi's first full-scale work calling for a return to agrarian homesteading and human-scale technologies. This Ugly Civilization, written at the height of (and as a direct attack on) the influence of the rhapsodists of the "Machine Age," is a prescient and scathing...
[Item #25435]
Price: $750.00
 
This Ugly Civilization. Ralph BORSODI.
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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. Albert BRISBANE.
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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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Erewhon Revisited: Twenty Years Later. Both by the Original Discoverer of the Country and by his Son
London: Grant Richards, 1901. First Edition. Octavo. Original deep red cloth with gilt titles; xi, 338, (1)pp. Slight external wear; endpapers darkened as usual, else a tight, Very Good to Near Fine copy with gilt bright on spine and front cover. Lacking errata slip noted in Lewis. The sequel to...
[Item #21495]
Price: $250.00
 
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Erewhon: or, Over the Range
London: Grant Richards, 1901. New and Revised Edition. Octavo. Original deep red cloth with gilt titles; xviii, 324, (1)pp. Mild discoloration to boards; endpapers darkened and a few scattered and faint spots of foxing to text else a tight, attractive copy with gilt bright on spine and front cover; Very...
[Item #21493]
Price: $350.00
 
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Erewhon; or, Over the Range
New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, [1917]. First American Edition. Octavo (19cm.); original blue cloth, printed paper labels to upper cover and spine; xxvii,[1],320pp. Spine a bit cocked, labels darkened, last third of textblock fore-edge dampstained not affecting interior, else About Very Good and sound. Utopian satire first published anonymously...
[Item #21481]
Price: $50.00
 
Erewhon; or, Over the Range. Samuel BUTLER.
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A Series of Common Sense Tests whereby any person may answer for himself or herself the question "Am I Educated" Formulated by Dr. Herman H. Horne [...]
Alpine, NJ: Wilbur F. Copeland / The Copeland School, N.d. (after 1910). Wilbur F. Copeland (likely dates 1864-1943), a disciple of Edward Bellamy and Laurence Gronlund, founded the Straight Edge Society, a Christian Socialist community, in New York in 1899. According to Trahair (Utopias and Utopias: An Historical Dictionary, Westport...
[Item #20356]
Price: $60.00
 
A Series of Common Sense Tests whereby any person may answer for himself or herself the question "Am I Educated" Formulated by Dr. Herman H. Horne [...]. Wilbur F. COPELAND.
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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. DYSTOPIAS, Jack BECHDOLT.
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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. ECONOMICS - SOCIALISM, Upton SINCLAIR.
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Herland. Introduction by Ann J. Lane
New York: Pantheon, 1979. First Separate Edition. A lost feminist utopia, originally published serially in Gilman's feminist journal The Forerunner in 1915. Rediscovered by Lane in the Seventies, this is the first edition in book form. Endlessly reprinted, but the first edition is actually somewhat uncommon, especially so signed. Octavo...
[Item #31263]
Price: $60.00
 
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Socialism New and Old
New York: D. Appleton & Co. 1901. Later printing. Octavo. Red cloth boards, blocked in black and gilt on spine and covers; lv,416,[4]pp. Hint of fading to spine; ownership signature to front flyleaf; Very Good to Near Fine. In the publishers "International Scientific Series."
[Item #24745]
Price: $25.00
 
Socialism New and Old. William GRAHAM.
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Where Socialism Failed: An Actual Experiment
New York: McBride, Nast & Co. 1913. First American Edition. The Operation consisted of 220 Australians who moved to Paraguay in 1893 to establish the utopian settlement "New Australia" under the leadership of William Lane, a utopian socialist. Because of Lane's unpopular views on alcohol and sexual relationships, a splinter...
[Item #28633]
Price: $100.00
 
Where Socialism Failed: An Actual Experiment. Stewart GRAHAME.
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Socialism Before the French Revolution: A History
New York: Macmillan, 1907. First Edition. Octavo (19cm). Maroon cloth boards, lettered in black on spine; dustjacket; xviii,339,[2]pp. Slight lean to text block, else a tight, Near Fine copy in the scarce publisher's printed dustwrapper(later), die-cut at top of spine to reveal spine title (probably as issued). Jacket advertises "New...
[Item #24744]
Price: $75.00
 
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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. HARMONY SOCIETIES, Harry B. WEISS, Grace M. ZIEGLER.
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An Immigrant of a Hundred Years Ago: A Story of Someone's Ancestor
Hattiesburg, MS: The Book Farm, 1941. First Edition. Octavo (23cm). Printed card wrappers; 35pp. Wrappers slightly toned and soiled; text clean and unmarked; a solid, VG copy. A product of the eccentric visionary and bookseller Charles Heartman, published at his remotee, Mississippi utopian colony "Book Farm", which he envisioned as...
[Item #24181]
Price: $20.00
 
An Immigrant of a Hundred Years Ago: A Story of Someone's Ancestor. Charles HEARTMAN.
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American Communities: Brief Sketches of Economy, Zoar, Bethel, Aurora, Amana, Icaria, The Shakers, Oneida, Wallingford, and the Brotherhood of the New Life
Oneida: Office of the American Socialist, 1878. First edition. A standard sourcebook on American utopias, including notes on many communities which do not receive much mention elsewhere. There was a simultaneous issue in wrappers; expanded editions were issued in 1902 and 1908. The first edition is somewhat uncommon, especially in...
[Item #25943]
Price: $300.00
 
American Communities: Brief Sketches of Economy, Zoar, Bethel, Aurora, Amana, Icaria, The Shakers, Oneida, Wallingford, and the Brotherhood of the New Life. William Alfred HINDS.
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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. HOPEDALE, Adin Ballou.
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Broadside: Genuine Golden Tincture...Lemon Acid...Genuine Oil of Wormseed...The Essential Oil of Wormseed...Fine Black Ink...Vegetable Paste Blacking...Tartar Emetic [etc]
Philadelphia: The Producers' Exchange of Labour for Labour Association, [1828]. First Edition. Trade broadside listing seven products available for sale at the Labour for Labour Store of Philadelphia, a co-operative enterprise established in 1828 by followers of American proto-anarchist Josiah Warren. The Constitution of the Philadelphia Labour for Labour Association...
[Item #27230]
Price: $850.00
 
Broadside: Genuine Golden Tincture...Lemon Acid...Genuine Oil of Wormseed...The Essential Oil of Wormseed...Fine Black Ink...Vegetable Paste Blacking...Tartar Emetic [etc]. JOSIAH WARREN, Producers' Exchange of Labour for Labour Association.
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The Supercity: A Planned Physical Equipment for City Life
Washington DC: [Robert R. Kern], 1924. First Edition. Octavo (21cm.); original dark green buckram, spine embossed in gilt; [2],349pp.; 4 plates of plans. About Fine. Proposal for the construction of the ideal city, which would be "put...to work to the end that part of the world's work may be accomplished...
[Item #24862]
Price: $100.00
 
The Supercity: A Planned Physical Equipment for City Life. Robert R. KERN.


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