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Radicals, Revolutionaries, and Reformers

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Radicals, Revolutionaries, and Reformers

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21 Klein, Henry H. Bankrupting a Great City (The Story of New York)
New York Henry H. Klein 1915 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket Signed
New York: Henry H. Klein, 1915. Henry Klein (1879-1955), Jewish but a convert to Christianity, wrote many screeds that are anti-communist and anti-zionist. He believed that Roosevelt furthered a World Jewish Conspiracy. Quercus would describe Klein as within the most virulent forms of the American Know-Nothing tradition. Interest in his ideas today seems confined to World Conspiracists and White Supremacists. Nonetheless, this is a Very Good copy of the First Edition of one of his more obscure tracts, what seems to be a populist screed against the expense and corruption of public works such as bridges that cross rivers. Very scarce. Published by the author. Tan cloth binding, with what Quercus must admit is a great illustration on the front cover of a banker taking a mallet to what may be Liberty Hall. Clean text; 189 pages, including several ads for Klein's other works appended at the end; illustrated with the occasional cartoon. SIGNED and INSCRIBED on the FFEP in 1916. Mild bumping and light soiling to the covers. No dustjacket Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Inscribed By Author. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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22 Kropotkin, P. Memoirs of a Revolutionist
Boston & New York Houghton Mifflin Company 1899 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1899. Autobiographical work of Pyotr Alexeyevich Kropotkin (1842-1921), an important Anarchist theorist. This is a Very Good Plus copy of the First Edition; originally serialized in "The Atlantic Monthly" in 1898-99. Olive green cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine, front cover, and top edge. Clean text; 519 pages. P.O. gift inscription (1925) on the front paste-down and a tiny bookstore label (Brentano's) on the rear paste-down. Two corners mildly bumped and a small white stain on the spine. A very crisp copy. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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23 Lee, Alfred McClung & Elizabeth Bryant Lee (Editors) The Fine Art of Propaganda. A Study of Father Coughlin's Speeches
New York Harcourt, Brace and Company 1939 First Edition Paperback Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1939. An anti-fascist study of the now-notorious populist radio personality prepared for "The Institute for Propaganda Analysis." This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of the First Edition (stated). Bright orange paper wraps with black lettering. Clean text; xi, 140 pages; with a Foreward by Clyde R. Miller. Spine slightly darkened, very light edgewear. Read this to see how far we have come (or not) since the 1930s. Includes five pages of "Reading Suggestions." Quercus would add to that Sinclair Lewis's "It Can't Happen Here.". First Edition. Soft Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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24 Liebknecht, Karl Militarism
New York B.W. Huebsch 1917 Second Printing. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: B.W. Huebsch, 1917. Liebknecht (1871-1919). an important socialist thinker and activist, was a co-founder with Rosa Luxemburg of the Spartacus League and shared her fate - murdered by the proto-Nazi group Freikorps. This is a Very Good Plus copy of the Second Printing of the First Edition (issued the same month). Green cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine and a paper label on the front cover. Clean text; 178 pages. Mild rubbing and bumping. No dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Second Printing.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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25 Lloyd, J. William Life's Beautiful Battle or The Human Soul Before Pain. A Study in the Reconciliation
Westfield, New Jersey The Lloyd Group 1910 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket Signed
Westfield, New Jersey: The Lloyd Group, 1910. An interesting work by the anarchist/socialist J(ohn) William Lloyd (1857-1940). Lloyd was a prolific author of novels, essays, and poetry. He had attempted utopian life, eventually coming around to a rather libertarian view, seasoned with a large dose of Free Love (is it not always thus?). This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Green cloth binding, with blindstamping in black. Clean text; 296 pages, with an Appendix and an Afterword regarding "Nietzsche and the Battle for Life." Lloyd believes that Nietzsche is a materialist "and I am a Spiritualist." This book is nicely produced, Almost square in format with decorative lettering throughout, showing a Craftsman influence. This copy has been SIGNED by the Author on p. VIII of the prelims, following a poem. An interesting artifact from an idealistic age. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Signed by Author. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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26 London, Jack Revolution and Other Essays
New York The Macmillan Company 1912 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1912. Thirteen essays (including "The Yellow Peril") by the adventure novelist/socialist. Originally published in March 1910; this is a Very Good (minus) copy of the Second Printing (April, 1912). Rather an uncommon title in the London canon. Blue cloth binding; the cover is blindstamped with the title and "The Macmillan Standard Library;" gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; ix, 309 pages; with four pages of publisher adverts for London's oter works in the rear. Scuffed, spine rubbed at the margins; gutters are cracked but holding; water rings and a crease on the front cover. This is a reasonably sound copy, if not the most beautiful; Quercus suggests some minor repair work would be advisable Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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27 London, Jack The People of the Abyss
New York The Macmillan Company 1903 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1903. To research his classic book of social criticism, London, a strong socialist in belief, lived among the poor and down-and-out. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the First American Edition, which is uncommon to scarce. Blue ribbed cloth binding, cover ruled in black with the titling in black and gilt; gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 319 pages. with three pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Illustrated; top edge is gilt, others rough-cut. While a serviceable copy of this important and rare book, there are some condition issues. The front gutter is cracked but holding; the spine has darkened; it is rubbed at the margins and bumped to a fray at the corners; and there is a chip to the lower quarter of the front cover. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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28 London, Jack War of the Classes
New York & London Macmillan 1910 Later Printing. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York & London: Macmillan, 1910. Jock London (pseudonym for John Griffith Chaney, 1876-1916) grew up in povert, raised by a foster mother who was an ex-slave; his view of the world was relentlessly working-class and socialist. This manifesto was originally published in 1905, and reprinted several times. This is a Very Good Plus to Near Fine copy of the eighth printing. The title page has a cancellation: "Advance Copy For Review Not For Sale." Maroon ribbed cloth binding, ruled, with gilt titles on the spine. Clean text; 278 pages with 3 pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. The corners are mildly bumped; some faint "ghost" spots on the cover that may be from wax. Some offset on the endpapers, perhaps due to the missing dustjacket. In an archival plastic protector. Altogether an attractive copy. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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29 MacNeill, George E. (Editor) The Labor Movement. The Problem of Today. Comprising a History of Capital and Labor, and Its Present Status
New York M.W. Hazen Co. 1888 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
New York: M.W. Hazen Co., 1888. George McNeill (1837-1906) was one of the most prominent labor theorists and activists of the later part of the 19th Century; he fought for the 8-hour day and co-founded the AFL. Here he has 15 "Associate Editors" including Henry George. A scarce title; other than LoC, most institutions hold the work electronically. This is a Very Good (minus) copy of a Later Printing of the First Edition (per LoC, the first edition was a year earlier). A large, heavy octavo (shipped at cost) Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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30 Marx, Karl A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy
Chicago Charles H. Kerr & Company 1904 First Thus. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Chicago: Charles H. Kerr & Company, 1904. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition Thus, a translation "from the Second German Edition by N.I. Stone, With an Appendix Containing Marx's Introduction to the Critique Recently Published among His Posthumous Papers." Maroon pebbled cloth binding, blindstamped on the front cover with a hand holding a burning torch. Clean text; 314 pages. The gilt lettering on the spine has faded, else Fine, Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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31 Matthews, J.B. Odyssey of a Fellow Traveler
New York Mount Vernon Publishers, Inc. 1938 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good 
New York: Mount Vernon Publishers, Inc., 1938. Joseph Brown "Doc" Matthews (1894-1966), a pacifist inluenced by the social gospel movement, moved politically from being a dedicated socialist to a become a sort-of professional anti-communist. As a "researher" for Joseph McCarthy, he used the shotgun technique for mud-slinging: shoot at everybody and see what clings. In this vein he made the notorious charge that America's Protestant clergy supported the CPUSA, and was eventually dismissed. An interesting method, considering his field of study was linguistics (Quercus cannot be reminded here of Noam Chomsky's multiple unsupported charges against Israel). This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition (stated First Printing), now uncommon. Bright green smooth cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine and front cover. The dustjacket is unclipped, shows some wrinkling at the edgesr, a few small stains, and is darkened on the spine. An interesting artifact of American radical history. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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32 Mill, John Stuart On Liberty
London & New York George Routledge & Sons & E.P. Dutton & Co 1890 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London & New York: George Routledge & Sons & E.P. Dutton & Co, 1890. Mill (1806-1873) remains one of the 19th Century's most interesting philosophers; his writings still inform liberal and libertarian political thought in both England and America. The essay was originally published by Parker in 1859. Here is a nice little late Victorian edition, part of "The New Universal Library.Others to follow at short intervals." A Very Good copy of the First Edition Thus, with an Index "now first added." Green cloth binding; fancy gilt decoration and title on the spine in gilt. Clean text; 176 pages, with eight pages of publisher adverts in the rear. Light wear; some bubbling to the covers. There is no publication date; Quercus offers a stylistic guess of circa 1890-1900. Size: 32mo - over 4" - 5" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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33 Mill, John Stuart Principles of Political Economy (2 Volumes)
New York D. Appleton and Company 1884 Rep[rint. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1884. J.S. Mill (1806-1873), philosopher and political economist, was one of the leading intellectual lights of the 19th Century and remains relevant today. His book on political economy was first published in England (1848) and reprinted in America beginning in the 1860s. These are two volumes from the edition of 1884; Volume One is Very Good (Plus), and Volume Two is Very Good (Minus). Brown pebbled cloth bindings, ruled in black with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean texts; 661 pages, with Appendix, and 603 pages, with three pages of publisher's adverts. The text is bright and still quite readable. Unfortunately, Volume II has seen water in its life, causing some discoloring of the lower quarter of the boards (not affecting the spine). Otherwise a very sound set, with very minimal rubbing or bumping. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Rep[rint.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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34 Moody, Wm. Godwin Land and Labor in the United States
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1883 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1883. Moody was a prominent socialist writer and speaker throughout the 1880s. Need it be said that he was pro-labor? He wrote about what we would call "corporate farming" today. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Although cited in many works, copies are uncommon today. Green cloth binding, with gilt lettering on the spine and front cover. Clean text; 360 pages, with five pages of Testimonials regarding the work's importance. Rubbing to the margins and mildly bumped; light soil and just a bit of a bit of scuffing to the covers. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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35 Morgan, Lewis H. LL.D. Ancient Society or Researches in the Lines of Human Progress from Savagery Through Barbarism to Civilization
Chicago Charles H. Kerr & Company 1900 Reprint. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Chicago: Charles H. Kerr & Company, 1900. Lewis Henry Morgan (1818-1881) is regarded as a pioneering anthropologist who was an influence on Darwin, Marx, and Engels. This is a Near Fine copy, a reprint by the socialist publisher Charles Kerr, from the original publication in 1877. Dark blue cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 570 pages, indexed, with three pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. No publication date is listed, but Quercus believes it to be in the range of 1900-1910, when Kerr was very active. A bit of rub to corners and margins of the spine, else a Fine copy. Solid, and quite readable today. Lacking a dustjacket. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Reprint.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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36 Mussolini, Benito My Autobiography
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1928 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1928. The Duce's approved version of his life, from a time prior to his alliance with Hitler; serving as a good reminder of the world's flirtation with fascism prior to World War II. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition, which is now uncommon. The Foreward is by Richard Washburn Child (1881-1935), former Ambassador to Italy, who was on Mussolini's payroll and probably is the true author. Bright green cloth binding with gilt lettering and the fasces on the front panel. Bright and clean text; 318 pages, indexed. Mildly bumped and the edges a bit tanned, else Fine. No dustjacket. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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37 Ossendowski, Ferdinand A. Lenin. God of the Godless
New York E.P. Dutton 1931 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: E.P. Dutton, 1931. Ossendowski (1876-1945), a scientist, fought on the White Russian side in the Russian Civil War. Although he later fought against the Nazis, he was considered an enemy of the state and his works were banned in Communist Poland. He remained popular in the west, but his works are uncommon today. This is a Very Good copy of a Later Printing of the First Edition, lacking the dustjacket. Translation from the original Polish by Gregory Macdonald. Black cloth binding with gilt lettering. Clean text; 419 pages. A bit faded, particularly on the spine and the topstain. The FFEP has been removed. A solid copy, nonetheless. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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38 Reed, John Ten Days That Shook the World
New York Boni & Liveright 1919 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1919. John Reed (1887-1920) wrote this firsthand account of the Russian Revolution. A socialist, and an activist himself, he also covered both the Mexican Revolution and the Ludlow Mine Massacre. Originally publshed in March, 1919. This is a Very Good (minus) copy of the Fourth Printing of the First Edition (July 1919). Green cloth binding withgilt lettering on the spine and cover. This copy shows use, but is not beat-up. Rubbed at the margins; front hinge cracked at the second endpaper; rear cracked at the paste-down. Clean text; 871 pages, including Appendix. No dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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39 Reed, John Ten Days that Shook the World
New York International Publishers 1939 Reprint Edition Hardcover Fine Very Good Plus 
New York: International Publishers, 1939. First published in 1919, John Reed's description of the Russian Revolution remains the primary source for the events. This is a Fine copy of a reprint by the publishing house of the Communist party; while there is no publication date, the rear flap of the dustjacket is an ad for "Two Systems" by Eugene Varga and that book was first published in 1939; Quercus therefore asigns the same date, since it could be no earlier, to this volume. Red cloth binding with black lettering on the spine. Clean text; 371 pages, with Appendices. The dustjacket is Very Good (Plus); unclipped, with little wear aside from some small chips at the corners and a darkened spine. A solid and attractive version of this classic of 20th-Century history; surprisingly scarce in the trade. In an archival plastic protector.. Reprint Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good Plus. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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40 Roe, Hon. Clifford G. & B.S. Steadwell The Great War on White Slavery
Clifford G. Roe 1911 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
Clifford G. Roe, 1911. Clifford Roe , an Assistant States Attorney and Public Prosecutor in Chicago, rode the bandwagon of "American purity," a popular cause in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; unfortunately, the attacks on "White Slavery" contained a strong anti-immigrant flavor, tinged with a dose of racism. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition. Light blue cloth binding witha colored plate tipped onto the front. "Illustrated with Thirty-two Half Tone Engravings Portraying this Terrible Slavery." Clean text; 448 pages, with occasional spotting. Soiling is very mild; a bit of fray to the fore-edge of the rear board. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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