La Reunion rarity, with maps

    Victor Considerant: Au Texas. Par Victor Considerant. (Paris: A La Librairie Phalanstérienne, 1854). First edition. Octavo (8" x 5"). [4] 190 [2, table] [191]-194 (publisher's notices) pages. 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. Modern pale blue cloth over marbled boards, black leather spine label (new endsheets). Cloth on binding abraded, title soiled at upper right and foxed, text with mild to moderate foxing, a few old repairs skillfully done to book and maps. Ex-library copy, with several oval ink stamps from the Bibliotheque Populaire. Basic Texas Books 33: "An eminent philosopher's account of Texas and his audacious plans for a social colony there, the direct result of which was the establishment of La Reunion Colony near Dallas.... 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." Clark, Old South III: 292. Howes c697. Raines, page 53. Considerant's book excited great interest in socialist circles in Europe, and his "Manifest de la Democratie Pacifique" is considered by some to be a forerunner of Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto. The large map of Texas, based on Colton, is outlined in pale pink.

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