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Der arme Teufel [The Poor Devil]
Detroit: Robert Reitzel, 1895-1897. Late group of issues of this prominent German-American radical literary journal. Der arme Teufel was published weekly for 14 years by Robert Reitzel, a German-born American anarchist, poet, critic and translator. The first two volumes of the journal were mainly concerned with the freethought movement, primarily...
[Item #27204]
Price: $2,500.00
 
Der arme Teufel [The Poor Devil]. ANARCHISM, Robert REITZEL.
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Anathema. A Tragedy in Seven Scenes
New York: Macmillan, 1910. First American Edition. 12mo (18.5cm). Publisher's blind-stamped blue cloth, lettered in gilt on spine and front cover; vi, 211 + [4pp ads]. Spine ends and board corners just touched; pencil ownership signature (illegible) to front endpaper; still a fresh, Near Fine copy, free of markings or...
[Item #30827]
Price: $45.00
 
Anathema. A Tragedy in Seven Scenes. Leonid ANDREYEV.
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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: $25.00
 
Anathema: A Tragedy in Seven Scenes. Authorized translation by Herman Bernstein. Leonid ANDREYEV.
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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: $450.00
 
A Meeting of American Radicals The British Scene Where It's At. Anonymous Artist.
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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. Lawrence A. BARRETT.
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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. Hypatia Bradlaugh BONNER.
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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. J. Bowden, John.
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Freethought and the Child
[London]: Pioneer Press, n.d., ca. 1930. First Edition. 12mo (18.5cm.); stitched self-wrappers; 15pp. Later address label of The Truth Seeker Co. Inc., San Diego, with their price sticker to upper cover, obscuring original price and imprint; otherwise Very Good to Near Fine. Pamphlets for the People, no. 14.
[Item #26903]
Price: $25.00
 
Freethought and the Child. Chapman COHEN.
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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? Chapman COHEN.
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Infidels and Heretics: An Agnostic's Anthology
Boston: The Stratford Company, 1929. First Edition. First printing. Octavo. Blue cloth boards, lettered in gilt on spine and front cover; 293pp. From the library of one-time Ohio Governor and Presidential candidate James M. Cox, with his embossed stamp on second half-title and faint shelf mark at base of spine...
[Item #25640]
Price: $50.00
 
Infidels and Heretics: An Agnostic's Anthology. Clarence DARROW, Wallace Rice.
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Anarchist Essays [with] Anarchist Poet [with] Anarchist Story-Teller
San Francisco: Cobden Press, ca. 1980s. First thus. 3 volumes; octavo (approx. 21 to 21.5cm.); all in pictorial wrappers adorned with repeating photographic author portrait. Ownership pressure stamp of a Christopher A. Roell on each title page, else a Fine set. Modern reprint of selected works of freethinker and "anarchist...
[Item #24574]
Price: $85.00
 
Anarchist Essays [with] Anarchist Poet [with] Anarchist Story-Teller. Voltairine DE CLEYRE.
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Cold Black Preach'
Los Angeles: Holloway House Publishing Company, 1971. First Edition. A strident critique of the Black church tradition by the author of The Nigger Bible; "...deCoy asserts that the Black preacher is still Whitey's flunky, a 'head nigger' hired to keep peace between the white exploiters and their Black victims" [from...
[Item #24892]
Price: $60.00
 
Cold Black Preach'. DeCOY, Robert H. de COY.
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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...]. FREETHOUGHT & ANTICLERICALISM, Chattin BRADWAY.
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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! FREETHOUGHT & ANTICLERICALISM, P. A. SEGUIN.
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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. FREETHOUGHT / ANTICLERICALISM, EROTICA.
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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. FREETHOUGHT, D. M. BENNETT, De Robigne Mortimer.
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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. FREETHOUGHT, William Cowper BRANN.
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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. FREETHOUGHT, John DAVIDSON.
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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. FREETHOUGHT, John DAVIDSON.
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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. FREETHOUGHT, Francisco FERRER.
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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). FREETHOUGHT, ANARCHISM, ITALY.
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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. FREETHOUGHT, ETHICAL CULTURE, Stanton COIT.
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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? Marshall J. Gauvin.
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The Debunker. Vol. IX, no. 2, January, 1929
Girard, KS: Haldeman-Julius, 1929. First Edition. Octavo (21.5cm.); original green pictorial card wrappers; 96pp. Wrapper extremities faded and a bit chipped with some dampstaining to rear cover, spine perished and crudely tape-repaired; textblock uniformly toned and brittle due to poor paper stock. Good only.
[Item #26904]
Price: $25.00
 
The Debunker. Vol. IX, no. 2, January, 1929. E. HALDEMAN-JULIUS, ed.


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