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Williams, Aaron
The Harmony Society, at Economy, Penn'a. Founded by George Rapp, A.D. 1805. With an appendix
Pittsburgh: printed by W. S. Haven, 1866. First edition, 12mo, pp. viii, [9]-182; light wear at spine ends otherwise a near fine copy in original blue cloth lettered in gilt on the upper cover. "In form the society was a communistic theocracy, with Rapp the actual dictator. His religious teachings were those of Lutheran pietism heavily overlaid with a millenarianism derived from Bengal and Jung-Stilling, a fantastic interpretation of Swedenborg, various minor features of Boehme and other mystics, and the practice of celibacy ... one of the most successful [American communistic societies]" (DAB). Howes W-445: "Includes a chapter on this Society's earlier establishment in Indiana." Adams, Radical Literature in America, p. 40. Streeter Sale 4278.
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