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Radicals, Revolutionaries, and Reformers

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Radicals, Revolutionaries, and Reformers

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1 "H.H." (Helen Hunt; Helen Hunt Jackson) Bits of Talk About Home Matters
Boston Roberts Brothers 1882 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1882. Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885), a classmate of Emily Dickenson who, initially writing anonymously (as "H.H."), was one of the best-known novelists of the 19th Century. She became a strong advocate for Native Americans; her popular romantic novel, "Ramona," has the serious purpose of pointing out the mistreatment of California Mission Indians, and has gone through many editions. "A Century of Dishonor" is her most famous non-fiction work; although initially ignored, it is still in print today. This is a Very Good copy of a Later Printing (the First Edition was 1873) of some of her reform-minded essays (e.g., the first three chapters cover "The Inhumanities of Parents"). Maroon cloth binding, decoratively stamped with gilt lettering on the cover and spine. Clean text; 239 pages; decorative endpapers, page endges stained red. Lightly rubbed at the margins, with light bumping. A cute little book by a major figure that has relevance today. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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2 Apjohn, Lewis John Bright and the Party of Peace, Retrenchment, and Reform
Glasgow and Sydney John M'Gready 1881 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Glasgow and Sydney: John M'Gready, 1881. John Bright (1811-1889) was a Quaker, a famed orator, a Memeber of Parliament for some four decades. Although known as a radical, he nonetheless was an opponent of Irish Home Rule. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition (number 5 of the "Memorable Men of the Nineteenth Century") Blue cloth binding with gilt lettering and decorations on the spine. Clean text; 304 pages; all edges are gilt. There is no publication date, but a "Chronilogical Index" of Bright's life found in the rear stops at 1881.An interesting feature of this book is an actual photograph that has been tipped in on the page opposite the title. The spine is darkened (but lettering is still bright); rubbing around the margins. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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3 Bebel, August Woman and Socialism
New York Socialist Literature Company 1910 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Socialist Literature Company, 1910. August (Ferdinand) Bebel (1840-1913) is an icon of Marxist thought and a persuasive writer on socialism. This is a Very Good Plus copy of the First Edition Thus, the "50th Jubilee Edition." Originally published in 1904, this is a new "authorized" translation by Meta L. Stern. Light brown cloth binding, blindstamped, with gilt lettering. Clean text; 512 pages. Interestingly, the Table of Contents is in the rear of the book. Minor rubbing to the extremities; much of the gilt is rubbed as well. No dustjacket Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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4 Bell, Ernest A. Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls or War on the White Slave Trade. A Book Designed to Awaken the Sleeping and to Protect the Innocent
Unknown (Chicago?) Unknown (Ball Publishing?) 1911 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Unknown (Chicago?): Unknown (Ball Publishing?), 1911. here is one of those reform books that had currency in America from late in the 19th century through the 1920s. Ostensibly to correct injustice, they seem to be designed to titilate as well. The author is "Secretary of the Illinois Vigilance Association" and there are ten other "do-gooders" who have contributed chapters to the book. While no publisher is listed, the copyright is held by G.S. Ball and L.H. Walter, one of whom is probably the publisher. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the First Edition. Green cloth decorative binding ; heavily stamped lettering, and with a print of a damsel behind bars tipped onto the front cover. Lettering in black and gilt. Clean text; 482 pages; many illustrations of the awful circumstances of young women. Gilt has faded; mildly bumped and rubbed. A true period-piece of American social history. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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5 Bellamy, Edward Equality
New York D. Appleton and Company 1897 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1897. Utopian socialist Edward Bellamy (1850-1898) wrote this sequel to his famous and popular "Looking Backward " (1888). Describing the fruits of the revolution, it also proved to be his last work. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Brick-red decorative cloth binding, blindstamped with the equals sign serving as a motif. Clean text; 412 pages, with eight pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Lightly rubbed, with a small stain on the front cover. There is a discreet bookseller's label on the front paste-down. Lacking the dustjacket. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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6 Bellamy, Edward Looking Backward 2000-1887
Boston & New York Houghton, Mifflin and Company 1889 Later Printing Hardcover Good No Jacket 
Boston & New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1889. This utopian novel was first published by Ticknor in 1888; this is a Good only copy of a Later Printing from a year later (the 395th Thousand). Green cloth binding; titling in black and gilt on the front cover and spine. 337 pages (contains Bellamy's Postscript). Previous-owner signature on second free endpaper. Rubbed at the margins, spine a bit faded; front gutter is cracked but holding; title page darkened around edges. A solid enough, but not beautiful, copy. . Later Printing. Hard Cover. Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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7 Benson, Allan L. A Way to Prevent War
Girard, Kansas Appeal to Reason 1915 First Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket Signed
Girard, Kansas: Appeal to Reason, 1915. Allan Benson (1871-1940) was a prominent Socialist writer who ran for the Presidency in 1916; he was manifestly unsuccessful in this effort. He was very anti-militarist and opposed America entering World War I. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition, rather uncommon today. Dark blue cloth binding with gilt lettering on the front cover and spine. Clean text; 180 pages; rear free endpaper is torn out. This copy is historically interesting due to additions made by a previous owner. His personal label is on the front paste-down, along with a contemporary ad for the Socialist Review. he has signed the FFEP (August 1915) and pasted in another Socialist Review advert on the rear paste-down. A third ad, from the Socialist publisher Charles H. Kerr & Company, has been pasted onto the Title Page. Mild bumping, some rubbing to the spine lettering; the front gutter has cracked. lacking a dustjacket.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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8 Castro, Fidel Second Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba. Main Report
Havana Political Publishers 1980 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Very Good 
Havana: Political Publishers, 1980. A very long speech (116 pages) by the Cuban leader rendered into book form. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition.White cloth boards with gilt lettering. The endpapers have some "interesting" notations in ink; other than that, quite clean. The dustwrapper is illustrated with a painting of Fidel giving (perhaps) this speech. Surprisingly scarce on the market. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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9 Duranty, Walter USSR. The Story of Soviet Russia
Philadelphia J. B. Lippincott 1944 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good Signed
Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1944. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition (stated). Gray cloth binding with red (what else!) lettering and decorations. Clean text; 193 pages, indexed. This copy has been warmly INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR on the FFEP. The red topstain is a bit faded, else Fine. The dustjacket is unclipped. Some wrinkling, and chipping at the head and foot of the spine, which has darkened. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Inscribed By Author. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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10 Essad-Bey Stalin. The Career of a Fanatic
New York The Viking Press 1932 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
New York: The Viking Press, 1932. The third book published under the pseudonym "Essad-Bey" by Lev Nussimbaum (1905-1942). He was a Jew and an anti-Bolshevik who (possibly) converted to Islam. Nussinbaum wrote in German, and became a well-known and successful author. His work now is considered unreliable as history, but the context is rather wonderful. He also (possibly) wrote as "Kurban Said," and died early in Italy. A scarce title. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First American Edition. Translation by Huntley Paterson. Tan cloth binding with lettering in red and black. Clean text; viii, 391 pages, indexed; red topstain. The endpapers have some foxing at the gutter; there is a bump across the top edge, but this remains an attractive copy. Lacking the dustjecket; in an archival plastic protector.. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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11 George, Henry Social Problems
Chicago & New York Belford, Clarke & Co. 1883 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Chicago & New York: Belford, Clarke & Co., 1883. Henry George (1839-1897), perhaps the most prominent American political economist of the 19th century, was a proponent of a Land Value (or "Single Tax") Taxation scheme, and his theories remain influential today. This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition. Olive green cloth binding; title in black on the front cover, gilt on the spine. Clean text; 366 pages, and one page advertising Frank Leslie's Paper in the rear. Mildly bumped; spine a bit darkened, although lettering is bright. Moderately well soiled, and with a few faint stains. No dustjacket, as issued. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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12 Ghent, W.J. Socialism and Success. Some Uninvited Messages
New York John Lane 1910 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: John Lane, 1910. William James Ghent (1866-1942), a gifted writer and lifelong socialist, became a critic of American communists; eventually he turned his talents to the study of American western history. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Brown cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine and front cover. Clean text; 252 pages, with 4 pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Mild bump to bottom corners and some faint spotting to the rear cover, else a fine copy. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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13 Godkin, Edwin L. Unforeseen Tendencies of Democracy
Boston & New York Houghton, Mifflin and Company 1898 First Edition. Hardcover Fine No Jacket 
Boston & New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1898. Edwin (Lawrence) Godkin (1831-1902) was an Irish-American journalist who founded "The Nation." He was anti-Tammany Hall, anti-Imperialist, and anti-socialist in his attitudes, and was very influential with America's intellectual class. This is a Fine copy of the First Edition, which has a tipped-in Memorial Page for Godkin from 1902. Brown cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 265 pages; top-edge is gilt. In addition to the memorial, this is an ASSOCIATION COPY. Tipped onto the FFEP is a calling card "With Mrs Godkin's Love" written, apparently meant for Elizabeth Davies Kingsley, whose bookplate is on the front paste-down. The bookplate in itself is quite interesting, being a design by the American painter Lilian C. Westgate (1880-1963). Quercus speculates that since Miss Westgate was a very young woman at this date, its design may have been a commission that started her career. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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14 Gorgolini, Dott. Pietro The Fascist Movement in Italian Life
Boston Little, Brown, & Company 1923 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Boston: Little, Brown, & Company, 1923. Benito Mussolini first took power in 1922; here is an exposition of his brand of fascism by "a soldier of our cause" (from the Preface by Mussolini). This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition, an uncommon title. Translated, edited, and with an Introduction by M.D. Petre. Green cloth binding. Clean text; 217 pages. Frontis portrait of S.E. Benito Mussolini. While this is a solid copy, there is mottling along the top edge of the front cover, two edges of the rear, and a bit of the spine.. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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15 Haldeman-Julius, E. (Editor) The Idea of God in Nature. John Stuart Mill
Girard, Kansas Haldeman-Julius Company 1920 First Thus. Paperback Very Good Minus No Jacket 
Girard, Kansas: Haldeman-Julius Company, 1920. Socialist and atheist E. Haldeman-Julius (1889-1951) published a series of softbound pamphlets on radical subjects that appeared under various names, starting in 1915. Eventually (1923) they were titled the "Little Blue Books." This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of one of the earlier iterations, called the "Ten-Cent Pocket Series No.211." Blue stapled paper covers. 65 pages. No date, but earlier than 1923; Quercus assigns an arbitrary date of 1920. This copy has been stamped "Property of Local Reading Socialist Party" on the front cover. There is a 1/2" piece torn off from the bottom of the cover and flood marks throughout the text. An historical artifact on American radical thought. Size: 32mo - over 4" - 5" tall. First Thus.. Soft Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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16 Hicks, Granville with John Stuart John Reed. The Making of a Revolutionary
New York The Macmillan Company 1936 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1936. The fifth book written by the Marxist literary critic Granville Hicks (1901-1982) is a surprisingly even-handed biography of Reed (1887-1920), the famous reporter of the Russian Revolution. Hicks moved away from supporting the Communist Party in 1939. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Gray cloth binding with gilt on maroon label and lettering. Clean text; 445 pages, with Notes, Appendix, Index. Lacking the dustjacket. Slight lean, mild rubbing, gilt lettering as bit faded. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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17 Hough, Emerson The Web. The Authorized History of the American Protective League
Chicago Reilly & Lee Co, 1919 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Chicago: Reilly & Lee Co,, 1919. Emerson Hough (1857-1923), who mainly wrote westerns, authored this glowing history of the APL, a quasi-official organization whose mission was to identify suspected German sympathisers during World War One. This was really just an excuse to go after leftists and anarchists; they wished to enforce patriotism by deporting "un-Americans" and "purifying the population." Many would later find a home in the KKK. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition, lacking the dustjacket. Tan cloth binding with black lettering. Clean text; 511 pages, with appendices. Light soil, very mild shelfwear and bumping. An interesting book regarding a shameful part of our past that has, unfortunately, repeated itself too many times. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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18 Jordan, David Starr The Blood of the Nation. A Study of the Decay of Races Though the Survival of the Unfit
Boston American Unitarian Association 1903 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Boston: American Unitarian Association, 1903. David Starr Jordan (1851-1931) was a noted scientist and educator who became the Founding President of Stanford University in 1891. Later he would be a peace advocate, Director of the Sierra Club, and a witness in the Scopes trial. Unfortunately, he was also prominent in the Eugenics movement, which advocated the forced sterilazation of the "unfit." Here is his tract on that now-discredited subject. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition, which is uncommon to scarce. Tan paper-covered boards with a linen spine. Lettering on the cover is gilt, and red on the spine. Top edge is gilt; others are rough-cut. Clean and fresh text; 82 pages. Tiny bit of soiling on the back edge of the spine, else a Fine copy. An extremely attractive little book that contains some decidedly un-attractive ideas that were quite popular among "Progressives," until they reached fruition in Nazi Germany. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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19 Kann, Kenneth Joe Rapoport. The Life of a Jewish Radical
Philadelphia Temple University Press 1981 0877222088 / 9780877222088 First Edition. Hardcover Fine Fine Signed
Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1981. This is a Fine copy of the First Edition. Brown paper-covered boards with a red cloth spine, black lettering. Clean text; 297 pages, indexed. This copy has been SIGNED and INSCRIBED by the subject, Joe Rapoport, on the half-title (dated 1986). Laid in are newspaper clippings about Joe Rapoport published at the time of his passing. The dustjacket is also Fine; unclipped, in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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20 Kautsky, Karl The Class Struggle (Erfurt Program)
Chicago Charles H. Kerr & Company 1910 First Edition. Paperback Very Good Plus No Jacket 
Chicago: Charles H. Kerr & Company, 1910. One of the major works by Kautsky (1854-1938), an orthodox Marxist who became critical of the Bolshevists and split with both Lenin and Trotsky. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition, which has more often survived in its hardbound version. White paper wraps with blue lettering. 217 pages with 5 pages of Socialist adverts in the rear. The text has numerous, but light, pencil marks from a dilligent student, and is tanning. The wraps remain quite bright despite its obvious useage. There is a small chip on the head of the spine. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Soft Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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