WILLIAMS, Aaron.

The Harmony Society, at Economy, Penn'a.

Founded by George Rapp, A. D. 1805.

Pittsburgh: Printed by W. S. Haven, 1866 Stock Code: 125581
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American utopianism

First edition in book form, originally published in articles in the Pittsburgh Commercial in 1865-6, of this key work of utopian communism. Aaron Williams had joined the Harmony Society, based on millenarian communal living, in February 1865. Founded by George Rapp, The Harmony Society had its origins in Germany in the late eighteenth century, before fleeing to America to escape Lutheran persecution. In Pennsylvania in 1805, around 400 followers of Rapp formally founded the Society, placing their goods and labour in common. The Society remained in existence for another hundred years. The present work draws upon the Society's original records and the oral interviews of the founding residents; Adams calls it "the best account available of one of the most successful communistic societies in America" (Adams, Radical Literature in America, p. 40).

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Description

Octavo. Original blue cloth, front cover lettered in gilt, covers stamped in blind, yellow endpapers,

Condition

Small gouge at head of spine, pp. 145-7 expertly re-inserted, else a very good, unusually well-preserved copy.

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