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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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The Secret of the League: The Story of a Social War
London: Thomas Nelson and Sons, [1907, but 1909?]. First Thus. Small 12mo (16cm.); original cloth in white pictorial dust jacket; [4],ii,287pp. Jacket rather dust-soiled, extremities rubbed and worn with shallow loss to bottom edge of upper panel, spine ends chipped, else About Very Good and sound. Cheap edition of this...
[Item #23824]
Price: $175.00
 
The Secret of the League: The Story of a Social War. Ernest BRAMAH.
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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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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 Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1888. First Edition. Dystopian posthumously and anonymously published novel by the popular Canadian author. Describes a lost race in the Anarctic, "satirizing current visions of men as better than they are" (LEWIS, p. 51); BLEILER (1972), p. 27; NEGLEY 272. Octavo (19cm.); original dark blue...
[Item #28842]
Price: $125.00
 
A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder. James DE MILLE, illus Gilbert Gaul.
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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 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. DYSTOPIAN FICTION - ATLANTIS, David M. PARRY.
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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. DYSTOPIAN FICTION - WALL STREET, William SALISBURY.
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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. George Allan ENGLAND.
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The Island of Not-Me: A true chronicle of the life of Geoghan Willbe on the Island of Not-Me, preceded by an account of his person before his arrival upon that famous isle
New York: Galleon Press, 1935. First Edition. Octavo (22cm.); original cloth in decorative yellow dust jacket; 156pp.; map frontispiece. Light wear to jacket extremities, spine a bit faded, minor dust-soiling, else Very Good and sound. Dystopian fantasy novel set among the fictional Not-Mean religious sect, authored by a California-raised rabbi...
[Item #26579]
Price: $35.00
 
The Island of Not-Me: A true chronicle of the life of Geoghan Willbe on the Island of Not-Me, preceded by an account of his person before his arrival upon that famous isle. Ezra Gerson GOTTHELF.
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Watch the North Wind Rise: A Novel [alt. title "Seven Days in New Crete"]
New York: Creative Age Press, 1949. First American Edition. Octavo (20.5cm.); original two-toned cloth in green pictorial dust jacket; vi,290pp. Some light wear to jacket extremities. Fine in Very Good jacket. Utopian novel, published in the United Kingdom as Seven Days in New Crete. NEGLEY 458.
[Item #27935]
Price: $75.00
 
Watch the North Wind Rise: A Novel [alt. title "Seven Days in New Crete"]. Robert GRAVES.
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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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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
 
The Great Idea. Henry HAZLITT.
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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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A Plan for the Immediate Change from a Capitalist Government to an Industrial Government
Jackson, MI: H.A. Hedden, 1912. First Edition. Billed on rear wrapper as "the first practical plan...for an immediate change from a Capitalistic Government to an Industrial Government." The author appears as a delegate to the 1917 Socialist Convention in St. Louis, where he is identified as a Jackson, Michigan carpenter...
[Item #30031]
Price: $75.00
 
A Plan for the Immediate Change from a Capitalist Government to an Industrial Government. Harvey A. HEDDEN.
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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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Brave New World: A Novel
London: Chatto & Windus, 1932. First U.K. Edition. Huxley's best-known work, a Connolly 100 title, and one of the 20th century's great dystopias. BLEILER, p.156; NEGLEY 602; SARGENT, p.98. First Impression. Octavo (19.5cm); dark blue cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; 306, [2]pp. Upper edge of textblock rubbed...
[Item #23433]
Price: $550.00
 
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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). LABOR PERIODICALS, J. B. S. HARDMAN, Lev LUNTZ, contrib.


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