THE WELCOME ISLAND STORY AND LAWS. Wilhelm Griesser.

THE WELCOME ISLAND STORY AND LAWS. Chicago: Printed by Tucker-Kenworthy Co., 1923. Octavo, pp. [1-10] [1] 2-257 [258], two inserted plates (one a photographic portrait of the author; the other a color plate showing Welcome Island's flag), one full page illustration and several plans in the text, original dark green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold. First edition. "A project for a Utopia to be established on an artificial island in the Atlantic." - Hanna, A Mirror for the Nation 1506. The book is structured like an encyclopedia with alphabetically arranged entries for Duty, Dwellings, Education, Electricity, etc. "A wonderful example of crank American soap-box preaching, by turns pedestrian, hare-brained and horrifying, though its seeming blindness to the horrid mechanism it espouses has been shared by the most mainstream of utopian dreamers. The author's drawings of his imagined island paradise make it look like a maximum-security federal prison." - Robert Eldridge. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 466. Bleiler (1948), p. 132. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 172. Not in Bleiler (1978) or Reginald (1979; 1992). Not in Smith, American Fiction, 1901-1925. Light damp stains to front cover, a very good copy. (#117814).

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