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The Paradise Myth in Eighteenth-Century Russia: Utopian Patterns in Early Secular Russian Literature and Culture
Stanford: Stanford University Press, [1991]. First Edition. Octavo (22.25cm.); publisher's cloth in cream pictorial dust jacket; xiv,[2],308pp.; illus. Two tiny closed tears at top edge of rear jacket panel, spine a hint sunned, else Fine.
[Item #34249]
Price: $30.00
 
The Paradise Myth in Eighteenth-Century Russia: Utopian Patterns in Early Secular Russian Literature and Culture. Stephen Lessing BAEHR.
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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: 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
 
Erewhon Revisited: Twenty Years Later. Both by the Original Discoverer of the Country and by his Son. Samuel BUTLER.
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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
 
Erewhon: or, Over the Range. Samuel BUTLER.
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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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Talk at the Railroad Station [drop title]
[Philadelphia? Henry Carey Baird? ca. 1870s]. First Separate Edition. Octavo (23cm.); side-stitched self-wrappers; 16pp.; illus. by Henry L. Stephens. Wrappers a bit chipped and dust-soiled, spine almost entirely split, else About Very Good. Separate edition of four short pieces which first appeared in Elder's utopian Dream of a Free-Trade Paradise...
[Item #32452]
Price: $125.00
 
Talk at the Railroad Station [drop title]. Cyrus ELDER.
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Herland. Introduction by Ann J. Lane
New York: Pantheon, 1979. First Separate Edition. A lost feminist utopia, originally published serially in Gilman's feminist journal The Forerunner in 1915. Rediscovered by Lane in the Seventies, this is the first edition in book form. Endlessly reprinted, but the first edition is actually somewhat uncommon, especially so signed. Octavo...
[Item #31263]
Price: $60.00
 
Herland. Introduction by Ann J. Lane. Charlotte Perkins GILMAN.
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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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Brotherhood of the New Life. Letter from Thomas Lake Harris, with Passing Reference to Recent Criticisms
Santa Rosa: T.L. Harris, 1891. First Edition. DARE 1057. By the 1890s Harris’s free love advocacy had come under the severe scrutiny and criticism of his California neighbors. In this pamphlet he attacks his detractors as “moral carrion” and defends his practices as the best path to overcoming “the universal...
[Item #8447]
Price: $200.00
 
Brotherhood of the New Life. Letter from Thomas Lake Harris, with Passing Reference to Recent Criticisms. Thomas Lake HARRIS.
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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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Newæra: A Socialist Romance with a chapter on vaccination
London: P.S. King & Son, 1910. First Edition. Octavo (22cm.); original green cloth, upper cover lettered in white, gilt-lettered spine; [4],212pp. Minor shelf wear, corners a bit bumped, minor foxing to textblock edges, else Very Good or better. Utopian novel of a failed commune. LEWIS, p. 86; NEGLEY 555; SARGENT, p. 76.
[Item #33008]
Price: $40.00
 
Newæra: A Socialist Romance with a chapter on vaccination. Edward G. HERBERT.
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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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The Vacation of the Kelwyns: An Idyl of the Middle Eighteen-Seventies
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, [1920]. First Edition. Octavo (20.75cm.); original green cloth in white photo-illustrated dust jacket; [6],256pp. Jacket extremities a bit chipped, light foxing along fore-edge of upper panel, else Near Fine in Very Good jacket. Posthumously published novel set in the New England Shaker community. BAL...
[Item #33248]
Price: $150.00
 
The Vacation of the Kelwyns: An Idyl of the Middle Eighteen-Seventies. William Dean HOWELLS.
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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
 
Brave New World: A Novel. Aldous HUXLEY.


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