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Thoughts on the Destiny of Man

RAPP, George, ed.]

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[RAPP, George, ed.] Thoughts on the Destiny of Man, Particularly with Reference to the Present Times; by the Harmony Society of Indiana. [New Harmony, IN], 1824. 1st ed. in English. [2], 96pp. Orig. wrappers. Minor restoration to head of spine, else a handsome near fine copy housed in custom made cloth folder. The German original, also printed in New Harmony, appeared in 1824. Rare. This Harmony Society publication outlines the group's principles and goals, the foremost being universal dedication to philanthropy and peace. The members of this sect were primarily Germans fleeing religious persecution in Europe. They emigrated to Pennsylvania in 1803, where they established a communal society to abolish what they considered the sin of private property. Ten years later their leader, George Rapp, bought nearly 25,000 acres in Indiana for the relocation of the colony. As their home in Pennsylvania had been called "Harmony," the site to which they moved in Indiana was named "New Harmony." The Harmonists prospered through their hard work and skill, but in 1825 Rapp sold the land with all of its accoutrements and led his followers back to Pennsylvania, where they founded the town of "Economy." Thus, this is one of the last publications from the original group at New Harmony. The German original, which appeared under the title, Gedanken uber die bestimung des menschen ., is exceptionally rare, with only two copies located by OCLC. "According to Bole's `Harmony Society,' 1904, p. 45, the [present work] is `a statement of the principles upon which the Society was founded and of its aspirations . printed on their own press . [and] probably edited by Father Rapp himself." --Sabin 95698. "The English equivalent of the German text ends with line six on page 89. The remaining seven pages of this title were probably composed by the translator. Manuscripts in the Society archives reveal that printing of this title was not completed until 1825 and the title page was printed for the Society by Eichbaum and Johnston of Pittsburgh." --Byrd and Peckham 215. American Imprints 16445. Streeter VII, 4238. Bookseller Inventory # 52581

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Title: Thoughts on the Destiny of Man

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