Ménage sociétaire ou Moyen d’augmenter son bien-être en diminuant sa dépense, avec indication de quelques nouvelles combinaisons pour améliorer et assurer son avenir.

Paris, Bureau de la Phalange, à la librairie Sociale, 1839.

9 works in one vol., 8vo, pp. x, ii, 212, with one plate; 91, [5]; 4; 4; 16; 19, [1]; 4; 20; 23, [1]; some browning to items 3 and 5; very good in contemporary polished tree calf, flat spine gilt, morocco lettering-piece, marbled endpapers; a few minor abrasions to sides.


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1. First edition of this work by the entrepreneur and inventor Charles Harel (1771-1852), a friend and disciple of Charles Fourier’s. This plan describes Harel’s project for the founding of a community of 200 celibates: a utopia of communal life detailing rules (‘love’, ‘the library’etc.) and practical advice (the influence of specific foods, magnetism, exercise). It is accompanied by a facsimile of an autograph letter from Charles Fourier to Harel.

2. First edition of these scientific remarks on space, void, the barometer, electricity and other phenomena of physics by a distinguished agronomist and physicist, the inventor of a micrometer.

3-5. First editions: a presentation of the Sociétés de la Paix founded at the end of the Napoleonic wars, first created in America in 1815, and two rare pacifist pamphlets.

6. Rare tiré-à-part, a pacifist pamphlet containing an extract from Necker’s Administration des Finances de la France, with a demonstration of the deadly economic consequences of war.

7. First edition of this imaginary dialogue featuring William Penn. Quakers played a pivotal role in the formation of the Sociétés de la Paix and in the establishment of the pacifist movement in the 19th century.

8. First edition, rare, of a report for the year 1843 of the first pacifist association in France, founded in 1821 as ‘Société de la Morale Chrétienne’.

9. First edition of this note on William Wilberforce.

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