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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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Looking Backward 2000-1887 [Introduction by Heywood Broun]
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. Textured red cloth boards, lettered in gilt on...
[Item #19877]
Price: $40.00
 
Looking Backward 2000-1887 [Introduction by Heywood Broun]
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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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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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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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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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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 Primary Reform
No Place: No Publisher. First Separate. N.p. n.d (ca. 1844). 1st separate edition. 16; self-wrappers; 8pp. Mild toning to page margins, else Fine. Not in Wells, Dare or Sabin. OCLC locates only 5 copies, and provides the following note: "Originally published in the Perfectionist and Theocratic Watchman, v.4, no. 20...
[Item #8455]
Price: $200.00
 
The Primary Reform
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The Oneida Community. A Dialogue.
No Place: No Publisher. First Edition. N.p., n.d. (ca 1894). 8; 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. Octavo.
[Item #8459]
Price: $75.00
 
The Oneida Community. A Dialogue.
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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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The Strike of a Sex; A Novel
London: William Reeves. Second Edition. (1891). Original printed wrappers; (iv), 117 (2)pp. Losses to spine; covers chipped at extremities; early ownership signature to title page. Text intact and quite fresh; a Good or better copy of the ephemeral second British edition, issued as No. 12 in the publisher's "Bellamy Library."...
[Item #8076]
Price: $120.00
 
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Young West: A Sequel to Edward Bellamy's Celebrated Novel "Looking Backward"
Boston: Arena Publishing Co. 1894. First Edition. One of many contemporary "reply novels" to Bellamy's best-selling 1888 utopia Looking Backward, this one intended as a literal sequel in which the further adventures of Bellamy's protagonist Julian West are presented. Perhaps of greater interest is the novel printing method used by...
[Item #18831]
Price: $150.00
 
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The Way Out. Official Journal of the School of Living. Scattered (non-consecutive) run of 15 issues, 1962-67
Brookville, OH: School of Living, V.d. Comprises the following issues: 1962: September, November, December; 1963: Jan, Feb, May; 1964: Jan; 1965: May-Jul, Nov-Dec; 1966: Jan-Feb, March-Apr, May-Jun, Jul-Aug; 1967: Jan-Feb, Oct. Official organ of Ralph Borsodi's traveling utopian experiment The School Of Living, which promoted Borsodi's ideals of individual liberty...
[Item #16593]
Price: $300.00
 
The Way Out. Official Journal of the School of Living. Scattered (non-consecutive) run of 15 issues, 1962-67
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Worlds Beginning
New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1944. First Edition. Ardrey's first published book (following several stage-plays), presenting his vision of a New World corporatist utopia rising from the ruins of the Second World War. A cheaply produced war-time novel, not generally found in collectible condition. HANNA 106. NEGLEY 38. LEWIS...
[Item #13551]
Price: $50.00
 
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Equality
New York: D. Appleton & Co. 1903. Later Printing. The sequel to Bellamy's enormously popular Looking Backward 2000-1887. Later reprints (ca. 1920s & later) regularly appear on the market in dustwrapper, but this is one of the earliest we have encountered. Jacket has ads for Hall Caine's The Eternal City...
[Item #14663]
Price: $75.00
 
Equality


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