THE BOOK OF THE NEW MORAL WORLD, CONTAINING THE RATIONAL SYSTEM OF SOCIETY, Founded on Demonstrable Facts, Developing the Constitution and Laws of Human Nature and of Society.

New York: Published by G. Vale, 84 Rosevelt Street, 1845. First American edition. 8vo. 22.5 cm. viii, 264 pp. Period cloth spine, marbled boards & red calf spine label. Some wear and rubbing to binding, and boards, especially front joint, text uniformly foxed. First published in London in seven volumes, 1836-44. This first American edition contains all seven parts. Owen was a co-founder of the New Harmony community which bought New Harmony the Harmonites a spiritual group. "After 1834 Owen gradually moved to a position where he no longer insisted that religion and rationalism were incompatible; rather he advocated a rational religion based on the science of society and a fraternal, and thus truly Christian, charity. Owen provided this new religion with its own bible in his Book of the New Moral World which appeared in seven parts between 1836 and 1844. The message was also disseminated in a periodical, The New Moral World, which was issued from 1834 to 1845. Owenite institutes or 'Halls of Science' became the centers for the activities of the new 'Rational Religionists'; 'Social Missionaries' were sent to spread the throughout the country [i.e. Britain]; a book of 'Social Hymns' was published. The word 'socialism' was used increasingly as a summary description of the doctrine."--Keith Taylor, Political Ideas of the Utopian Socialists (London & Totowa, N.J. 1982). Uncommon in the trade. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 45-5034. Item #64350

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