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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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Roadtown
New York: Roadtown Press, 1910. First Edition. Scarce technological utopia. The author proposes a radical new model of city planning, the "Roadtown," in which "...a line of city is projected through the country...this line of a city will be in the form of a continuous house. In the basement of...
[Item #25755]
Price: $1,500.00
 
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Caesar's Column: A Story of the Twentieth Century
Chicago: J. Regan & Co. "Free Speech" Publishers. Reprint. Octavo. Brown cloth boards; 318pp. Covers worn, ownership signature, rear hinge cracked. A Good only reading copy of this somewhat uncommon ca. 1900s reprint by a Chicago radical publisher. A classic and influential anti-capitalist utopia.
[Item #18778]
Price: $25.00
 
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Caesar's Column: A Story of the Twentieth Century
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1960. Reprint. Octavo. Brown cloth boards; dustjacket; xxxiii + 311pp. Edited, and with a scholarly introduction, by Walter Rideout. Tight, clean copy, Near Fine, in lightly rubbed dustwrapper. The best reading edition of this classic and influential anti-capitalist utopia.
[Item #18783]
Price: $25.00
 
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The American Emperor
New York: Tabard Inn Press, 1913. First Edition. Following the Civil War, a business speculator amasses sufficient wealth and power to erase all economic and political opposition. Following a massive stock market panic which he engineers, he installs himself as Emperor of America. The references to Morgan, Vanderbilt, Carnegie, etc....
[Item #16759]
Price: $125.00
 
The American Emperor
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The Scarlet Empire
Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1906. First Edition. Socialist dystopia with Atlantean setting. The author was President of the very conservative National Association of Manufacturers, so perhaps may be forgiven his jaundiced take on social progress. NEGLEY 891. SARGENT p.138. LEWIS p.143. Octavo. Red cloth boards, blocked in black and yellow on spine...
[Item #16766]
Price: $20.00
 
The Scarlet Empire
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Darkness and Dawn
Boston: Small, Maynard, 1914. Second Printing. Future utopia, in which a cooperative commonwealth is established following a series of catastrophes that destroy most of Earth's population. Originally envisioned as a trilogy (and so published, serially, in Cavalier, 1912-13), the book was brought out in one volume in 1914. BLEILER (Checklist...
[Item #17177]
Price: $75.00
 
Darkness and Dawn
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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.
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Castaways of Plenty: A Parable of Our Times
Denver: The World Press, Inc. 1944. Later printing. A desert-island parable criticizing free-market economics. First issued as a Technocracy tract in the mid-1930s; there were many reprints - this is the 7th printing. A nicely preserved copy. Octavo. Staple-bound pictorial wrappers; 48pp; illus. Mild external soil, else Near Fine, with...
[Item #18870]
Price: $20.00
 
Castaways of Plenty: A Parable of Our Times
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The Great Idea
New York: Appleton Century Crofts, 1951. First Edition. Octavo. Blue cloth boards; dustjacket; 374pp. Tight, Near Fine and unmarked copy in the original dustwrapper, unclipped but with shallow chips to edges; about Very Good. Anti-communist dystopia in which "a revolution overthrows the government and establishes a new society based on...
[Item #25954]
Price: $30.00
 
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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
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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
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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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Labor and Nation Vol. VI, No. 3 (Summer 1950)
New York: Inter-Union Institute, Inc. 1950. First Edition. An anticommunist but pro-socialist labor periodical which drew articles and influences from across the left-right spectrum of the post-war labor movement. This issue includes what appears to be the first (and possibly only) appearance in English of Russian playwright Lev Luntz's dystopian...
[Item #16680]
Price: $100.00
 
Labor and Nation Vol. VI, No. 3 (Summer 1950)
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The Heart of Sindhra
New York: F. Tennyson Neely, 1898. First Edition. Lost Race fantasy set in the jungles of India. Scarce; OCLC notes three copies only (Harvard, UCLA, Ohio). Octavo (19.5cm). Publisher's decorative blue cloth boards, stamped in silver and red on spine and front cover; 211 + [11]pp ads. Spotted and slightly...
[Item #17096]
Price: $200.00
 
The Heart of Sindhra
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The Dream of Debs: A Story of Industrial Revolt
Chicago: Charles H. Kerr, [n.d., not before 1912]. First Edition. London's utopian vision of a socialist society, based on the writings of Eugene Debs. Scarce, earliest issue, preceded only by publication in The International Socialist Review, and rarely found in attractive condition. BAL 11941; LEWIS p.113. Earliest issue (Blanck's printing...
[Item #19321]
Price: $150.00
 
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Atla: A Story of the Lost Island
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1886. First Edition. An early Antediluvian fantasy. Adverts include an ad for Ignatius Donnelly's Atlantis, the progenitor of the genre, first published four years earlier. BLEILER (Early Years) 2064. WRIGHT III: 5000. Small octavo (17.5cm). Publisher's decorated cloth; 284pp, 2 advert leaves at rear. Bright...
[Item #13094]
Price: $125.00
 
Atla: A Story of the Lost Island
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A Cityless and Countryless World
Holstein, IA: Gilmore & Olerich, 1893. First Edition. An individualist co-operative utopia on Mars, as described by a visiting Martian to a midwestern farmer. Olerich (1857-1921) was a farmer, lawyer, and inventor; he was the author of at least two more books on utopian themes: Modern Paradise (1915) and The...
[Item #17463]
Price: $300.00
 
A Cityless and Countryless World
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The Oneida Community. A Dialogue.
No Place: No Publisher. First Edition. N.p., n.d. (ca 1894). Octavo; 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.
[Item #8459]
Price: $75.00
 
The Oneida Community. A Dialogue.
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A New View of Society: Or, Essays on the Formation of the Human Character [...] To Which are Prefixed Rules and Regulations of a Community. First American, from the fourth London edition
Cincinnati: Luman Watson, 1825. First American Edition. First printing in America of this ur-text of English and American socialism, published to coincide with Owen's first visit to the United States in 1824 -- during which visit were laid the foundations for his utopian community at New Harmony, Indiana. En route...
[Item #25148]
Price: $3,500.00
 
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Read What Happened on the Island of Nogi, or Why Business is Bad
Kansas City: by the Author, N.d. [1941?]. A brief quasi-utopian fictional allegory, set on the primitive island of "Nogi". The author attacks free-market economics and big business, with particular attention to the insurance industry: "...the moral of this story is that the insurance companies, the food trust and other large...
[Item #18874]
Price: $75.00
 
Read What Happened on the Island of Nogi, or Why Business is Bad
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Crucible Island: A Romance, an Adventure and an Experiment
New York: Manhattanville Press, 1919. First Edition. NEGLEY 881. LEWIS p.142. SARGENT p.84. Anti-Socialist dystopia, described by Lewis as "dull, and not only anti-Socialist, but anti-feminist and anti-Irish as well." Pallen (1858-1929) was a prolific Catholic writer; as Chairman of the National Civic Federation's Department of Subversive Movements, he proved...
[Item #8606]
Price: $125.00
 


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