New York: Harper & Brothers, 1875. First edition. Nordhoff’s survey of Utopian communities, based entirely on personal visits, remains the most reliable and thorough examination by a contemporary observer, providing detailed and generally sympathetic descriptions of life at Bethel, Aurora, Icaria, Amana, Oneida, Zoar, and the various Shaker communities. This copy bears the contemporary ownership inscription of Jacob Sleeper, founder of Boston University. MILLER 138. DARE 143. HOWES N177. Large octavo (23.5cm.); in variant publisher's binding of brown cloth boards, with brown, glazed endpapers; lettered in gilt; 439, (8)pp; illus; map. Ownership signature of Jacob Sleeper to half-title, dated 1874. Minor wear to spine ends; faint old stain to marginal extremity of final 20 leaves; still a very fresh, attractive copy, Near Fine and far better than typically seen.