The Perfectionist [later issues titled: Perfectionist and Theocratic Watchman]. Vols III-IV.
Putney, VT: 1843-45. Unbroken run of forty-eight biweekly issues, comprising Vol. III, no. 1 (Feb. 15, 1843) to Vol. IV, no.24 (Feb. 22, 1845). Folio (42cm) In contemporary binding of quarter sheep over marbled boards. Expected external rubbing and wear; internally crisp, clean and unmarked.
Bi-monthly organ of Noyes's community of Bible Communists, a successor publication to The Witness. The paper was primarily an outlet for Noyes's peculiar brand of theocratic philosophy, which incorporated a blend of Free Love and so-called "male-continence" (i.e., intercourse without ejaculation); The Perfectionist was distributed nationally and served as a recruiting tool for the community until its members were driven out of Vermont in 1848. The community re-formed in Oneida, New York in 1848, where it survived until the 1880s. A substantial remainder of this and many other Oneida publications came on the market in the mid-1970s, but cohesive runs have grown increasingly uncommon in commerce. DARE 1518.