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God's Children: A Modern Allegory
Chicago: Charles H. Kerr, 1903. First Edition. A Socialist freethought fantasy, in which God is re-imagined as an omnipotent but now caring being who wills that "in the near future ... those among you who live in idleness and work not, shall not live upon the blood and sweat of...
[Item #19291]
Price: $150.00
 
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Anathema: A Tragedy in Seven Scenes. Authorized translation by Herman Bernstein
New York: Macmillan, 1910. First Edition. Standard English translation of Andreyev's freethought drama, an updating of the Faust legend in which the Faust role is given to a unprepossessing Russian-Jewish shopkeeper. Interestingly, the play's premier in America was produced in Yiddish, at the Lipzin Theater in The Bowery, the Yiddish...
[Item #23642]
Price: $40.00
 
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A Meeting of American Radicals The British Scene Where It's At
N.p. [London, ca 1985?]. Universal calendar points to 1985 being the most likely date of creation for this vivid and graphically inspired poster, advertising a meeting of American radicals at the famed Conway Hall, long-time meeting place for radicals and intellectual center of the Conway Hall Ethical Society, thought to...
[Item #19732]
Price: $500.00
 
A Meeting of American Radicals The British Scene Where It's At
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The Convent Horror. Story of Barbara Ubryk - Twenty-One Years in the Dungeon Eight Feet Long by Six Feet Wide. From Official Records
Aurora, MO: Menace Publishing Co. [1892]. First Edition. At least partially a reprint of the similar title which appeared in Philadelphia in 1869, but this version clearly expanded and updated, with numerous references to contemporary events. A perenially popular anti-Catholic title, purporting to give a true account of the 20+...
[Item #12950]
Price: $125.00
 
The Convent Horror. Story of Barbara Ubryk - Twenty-One Years in the Dungeon Eight Feet Long by Six Feet Wide. From Official Records
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Some Strange Customs of the Human Race
Girard: Haldeman-Julius Publications, 1945. First Edition. Staple-bound pamphlet. 32pp; ownership signature to title page; sun darkened; else crisp, clean copy in very good condition.
[Item #15829]
Price: $15.00
 
Some Strange Customs of the Human Race
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Charles Bradlaugh: A Record of His Life and Work. With an Account of his Parliamentary Struggle Politics and Teacings by John M. Robertson, M.P. Seventh Edition, with Portraits and Appendices
London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1908. Reprint. Crown octavo. Green pictorial cloth, lettered in gilt on spine; 452pp; frontispiece portrait. Spine a little darkened; ownership signature to front endpaper; Very Good. Later printing.
[Item #16906]
Price: $15.00
 
Charles Bradlaugh: A Record of His Life and Work. With an Account of his Parliamentary Struggle Politics and Teacings by John M. Robertson, M.P. Seventh Edition, with Portraits and Appendices
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Bible Absurdities
Sydney: NSW Rationalist Association, 1968. Staple-bound printed wrappers; 20pp. Light dusting to covers; Near Fine.
[Item #9577]
Price: $15.00
 
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The Bible Contradicts Itself
Sydney: NSW Rationalist Association, 1968. Staple-bound printed wrappers; 36pp. Light dusting to covers; brief split to spine at fold; Very Good.
[Item #9578]
Price: $20.00
 
The Bible Contradicts Itself
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Pamphlets for the People no. 1; Did Jesus Christ Exist?
London: Pioneer Press, [1938]. First Edition. Octavo. Staple-bound pamphlet; 15pp; diagonal crease to back cover;else a clean, crisp copy in very good or better condition.
[Item #15834]
Price: $15.00
 
Pamphlets for the People no. 1; Did Jesus Christ Exist?
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Convent Life Unveiled: Trials and Persecutions of Miss Edith O'Gorman, Otherwise Sister Teresa de Chantal. With Appendix. Written by Herself
Aurora, MO: Menace Publishing Company, (1913). Uncommon reprint of this anti-Catholic classic, by the small Missouri anticlerical publisher The Menace Publishing Company ("The World's Greatest Publishers of Anti-Papal Literature"). Includes a foreword by the author, dated 1913. "32nd English Edition." Octavo (19cm). Gray printed wrappers; 264pp. Covers slightly soiled and...
[Item #16192]
Price: $35.00
 
Convent Life Unveiled: Trials and Persecutions of Miss Edith O'Gorman, Otherwise Sister Teresa de Chantal. With Appendix. Written by Herself
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Political Romanism: An Organized Opposition to Progress Destructive of Free Institutions [&c...]
Washington, D.C. Publicity Bureau for the Exposure of Romanism, 1912. First Edition. Exposé of supposed secret influences of the Catholic church in American politics. Bradway's conspiracy theory contends that Rome exerts direct influence over its clergy and parishioners in matters of voting and running for political office, with the eventual...
[Item #16193]
Price: $75.00
 
Political Romanism: An Organized Opposition to Progress Destructive of Free Institutions [&c...]
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Promotional Circular: Long Live the Little Red School House in America. Stand By It!
Stevens Point, WI: P.A. Seguin. Printed promotion for P.A. Seguin's anti-Catholic publishing house, with brief (4-item) price list at foot. Text comprised of two poems in juxtaposition: Samuel Francis Smith's well-known patriotic hymn "America" (unattributed here) and another, apparently of Seguin's own composition, titled "The Little Red School House," attacking...
[Item #16414]
Price: $50.00
 
Promotional Circular: Long Live the Little Red School House in America. Stand By It!
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Original Real-Photo Erotic Postcard Depicting Three Nuns Engaged in Flagellation
[Paris?]. N.p., n.d. (probably Paris, ca. 1900-1920). Original vintage photographic postcard, 5-1/2" x 3-1/2," printed on card-stock with crude lines for address verso. Photographer unidentified. Depicts two semi-nude nuns whipping a third who is fully nude with her back to the camera. A thoroughly scandalous image. Light wear and toning...
[Item #12093]
Price: $175.00
 
Original Real-Photo Erotic Postcard Depicting Three Nuns Engaged in Flagellation
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An Open Letter To Jesus Christ
New York: The Truth Seeker Company, N.d. (ca 1950). Reprint. A well-known freethought tract, first published in 1875. This reprint undated, but rear wrapper advertises a number of Truth Seeker publications, including two with publication dates in 1949-50. Octavo (20cm). Staple-bound yellow wrappers, printed in black; 27pp. Light wear and...
[Item #15001]
Price: $25.00
 
An Open Letter To Jesus Christ
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Brann's Annual for 1897
Waco, TX: The Iconoclast, 1897. First edition. Octavo. Original pictorial wrappers; 72pp. Covers toned and worn, with partial splits at spine and a horizontal tear to rear wrapper; internally clean and unmarked; Very Good. Annual collection of Brann's pieces from his newspaper "The Iconoclast." The notorious Brann was one of...
[Item #11399]
Price: $200.00
 
Brann's Annual for 1897
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The Evolution of A Life; or, From the Bondage of Superstition to the Freedom of Reason
Chicago: Holt Publishing Co. 1890. First Edition. Autobiography of this prominent 19th-century freethinker, from his early indoctrination to Catholicism to his abandonment of the priesthood in 1889. Uncommon; this a particularly attractive copy. Octavo. Original terra-cotta boards; gilt spine and cover titles; xii, 436, [1]pp. Fresh, tight copy, easily VG or better.
[Item #12920]
Price: $175.00
 
The Evolution of A Life; or, From the Bondage of Superstition to the Freedom of Reason
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Testaments No. I: The Testament of a Vivisector
London: Grant Richards, 1901. First Edition. First in Davidson's series of "Testaments," issued between 1901 and 1908 in an attempt to put into verse his rather idiosyncratic personal philosophy which, though staunchly Materialist, rejected the mechanistic precepts of Darwinism. In his later career (beginning with these Testaments) Davidson became an...
[Item #16387]
Price: $25.00
 
Testaments No. I: The Testament of a Vivisector
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Testaments No. II: The Testament of a Man Forbid
London: Grant Richards, 1901. First Edition. Second in Davidson's series of "Testaments," issued between 1901 and 1908 in an attempt to put into verse his rather idiosyncratic personal philosophy which, though staunchly Materialist, rejected the mechanistic precepts of Darwinism. In his later career (beginning with these Testaments) Davidson became an...
[Item #16388]
Price: $30.00
 
Testaments No. II: The Testament of a Man Forbid
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Testaments No. III: The Testament of an Empire-Builder
London: Grant Richards, 1902. First Edition. Third in Davidson's series of "Testaments," issued between 1901 and 1908 in an attempt to put into verse his rather idiosyncratic personal philosophy which, though staunchly Materialist, rejected the mechanistic precepts of Darwinism. In his later career (beginning with these Testaments) Davidson became an...
[Item #16386]
Price: $40.00
 
Testaments No. III: The Testament of an Empire-Builder
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The Origin and Ideals of the Modern School. Translated by Joseph McCabe
London: Watts & Co. 1913. Ferrer's highly influential treatise on the Escuela Moderna, a movement begun by him in 1901 to educate the working class in a "rational, secular and non-coercive setting." Though the movement had little success in Spain (Ferrer's anti-clerical sentiments in fact led to his execution by...
[Item #14923]
Price: $50.00
 
The Origin and Ideals of the Modern School. Translated by Joseph McCabe
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Il Miracolo di San Gennaro (Riprodotto la sera del 23 febbraio 1907, al Teatro Salvini, a beneficio della Casa del Popolo di Firenze)
Firenze: Libreria Rafanelli Polli, 1907. First Edition. An attack on the Church's continued teaching of miracles, with special reference to the legend of San Gennaro (St. Januarius), the patron saint of Naples, whose dried blood is said to "come to life" three times each year. Rare; no holdings noted in...
[Item #13953]
Price: $150.00
 
Il Miracolo di San Gennaro (Riprodotto la sera del 23 febbraio 1907, al Teatro Salvini, a beneficio della Casa del Popolo di Firenze)
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Social Worship for Use In Families Schools & Churches [...] Issued on Behalf of the West London Ethical Society as a Memorial of its Twenty-First Anniversary
London: The West London Ethical Society/The Ethical Church, 1913. First Edition. The first volume consists of meditations and homilies chosen from both clerical and secular sources, intended to illustrate the non-religious principles of Ethical Culture. The second volume, edited by Charles Kennedy Scott, is a compilation of secular hymns for...
[Item #15746]
Price: $600.00
 
Social Worship for Use In Families Schools & Churches [...] Issued on Behalf of the West London Ethical Society as a Memorial of its Twenty-First Anniversary
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The Pink Iconoclast. No. 49 (Nov. 14, 1903)
Colorado Springs, CO: E.E. Sonnanstine, 1903. Single issue. Tabloid (20" x 13"); 4pp, printed on pink paper. Slightly browned at old folds, with a few brief splits; small archival repair to tear at upper margin; Good. A well-preserved individual issue of this delightfully quirky, and very rare, newspaper devoted to...
[Item #12097]
Price: $200.00
 
The Pink Iconoclast. No. 49 (Nov. 14, 1903)
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Where is Hell? In Another World or in This?
New York: Peter Eckler Publishing Co. 1926. First Edition. Staple-bound pamphlet; 32pp. Sunning to cover, lower spine end chipped, rear cover chipped, else very good.
[Item #14004]
Price: $30.00
 
Where is Hell? In Another World or in This?
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Behind the Dictators. A Factual Analysis of the Relationship of Nazi-Fascism and Roman Catholicism
New York: Agora Publishing Co. 1946. First Edition Thus. Expose of Catholic and Jesuit collaboration with Fascist regimes during the Second World War. Includes a series of photographic illustrations (halftones) at rear, providing documentary evidence of the author's thesis. First published in 1942, this is the first pamphlet printing. First...
[Item #18447]
Price: $35.00
 
Behind the Dictators. A Factual Analysis of the Relationship of Nazi-Fascism and Roman Catholicism


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