THE COMMUNISTIC SOCIETIES OF THE UNITED STATES: From Personal Visit and Observation.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1875. First edition. Nordhoff (grandfather of the MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY Nordhoff) toured major Utopian settlements: the Shakers, the Amana Colony, the Perfectionists, the Icarians, and many others -- in order to compile this large work providing extensive information on the religious beliefs, poetry, architecture, internal politics, living arrangements and sexual practices of the communities examined herein. Large 8vo, brown cloth boards stamped in gilt on spine, plain endpapers (assume this is the "cheap" binding). 439pp. plus  pages of ads; 16 plates, map, illustrations in the text. Good to very good with cloth fraying at spine ends corners and general soiling to covers.