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    La Reunion - Dallas' Utopian Community

    Victor Considerant. Au Texas. Par Victor Considerant. Paris: A La Librairie Phalanstérienne, 1854. First edition. 8vo. 194 pp. Two lithographed maps with original outline color: Étas-Unis. Avril. (7" x 12"), Gravé par les Sres, Imp. Lemercier, Paris; [and:] Texas d'aprés la Carte Publiée par J. H. Colton.... (11" x 13.5"), Gravé chez Delamare rue St. André-des-Arcs, 45; Paris Imp. Lemercier Rue de Seine St. G. in 57; [bound with:] Au Texas Quatrième Partie Complément. Par Victor Considerant. Paris: A La Librairie Phalanstérienne, 1854. First edition. 8vo. 113 pp. Quarter-bound in contemporary red morocco. Raised bands and gilt lettering to spine. Marbled paper over boards, and marbled endpapers. Binding slightly cocked. Spine rubbed and snagged at the top. Professional restoration to the upper portion of preliminary pages, not effecting the text block. Rubber stamp of previous owner on bottom edge of book. Very good.

    Considerant used this book to entice emigration from Europe to his Utopian community just outside Dallas, by describing, not only his plans for running the community, but also by lauding the weather, the good soil, and the wide open spaces. "As a result of these extravagant promises," writes Howes, "Considerant was able to acquire 57,000 acres near Dallas and to establish there - at Reunion - his Fourier communal experiment." Jenkins, in his Basic Texas Books, wryly indicates why the social experiment was doomed to failure: "Close to 500 colonists settled there. These included writers, musicians, artists, artisans, and free spirits, but only two farmers. As might be expected, a couple of years of utopian bickering and successive Texas droughts brought the experiment to a speedy collapse." An important book on the colonization of Texas, not often encountered, with the maps as well as the supplemental volume.

    References:
    Basic Texas Books 33. Howes C697. Raines, p. 53.


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