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What I Believe [Association Copy ~ Ernest Howard Crosby's copy]
London: The Brotherhood Publishing Co, 1895. First edition thus. Hardcover. Very Good. 12mo; burgundy cloth stamped in gilt; 236 pp. Tolstoy's explication of his moral and religious beliefs first published in Russia in 1884. This edition was published in England by the Tolstoyan, John Kenworthy, a successful businessman who abandoned his career to devote his life to Tolstoy's teachings. He founded The Brotherhood Publishing Co. - one of numerous initiatives undertaken by the Croydon Brotherhood Church - in 1895 to publish inexpensive English language editions of Tolstoy's works. He was also involved in the failed Purleigh Colony. This copy with the bookplate and signature of the vegetarian pacifist, Georgist, and Tolstoyan, Ernest Howard Crosby (1856-1907), a NYC lawyer who in 1894 quit his position as Judge of the International Court, Alexandria, Egypt, and traveled to Russia to meet Tolstoy. He returned to the United States and spent his remaining years writing poetry and biographies of Tolstoy, Edward Carpenter and William Lloyd Garrison. In his published tribute following Crosby's death, the anarchist, Leonard Abbott, characterized Crosby as half Anarchist half Puritan. A nice association copy of a scarce edition. None others in commerce (Jan. 2018) with only three copies found in WorldCat institutions. Some fraying to cloth at the crown and rubbing to rear board; Crosby's penciled notations to margins. A VG copy.
      [Bookseller: D. Anthem, Bookseller]
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