Anno: 1999. Utopian Thought, Contraception, Johannes Rutgers.

Anno: 1999.

Amsterdam: W. Versluys, [1894]. First edition. Original printed blue-green wrappers, 7.75 x 5.25 inches, 62 pages. Lacks lower wrapper; remaining wrapper somewhat dust-soiled and a bit toned and worn; a good, sound copy of a fragile book. Item #19034

Anonymous socialist utopian fiction from the Dutch physician Rutgers (1850-1924), who became the great advocate of contraception, and of social and sexual reform in the Netherlands, sometime secretary of the Nieuw-Malthusiaansche Bond. Though evidently moderately common in Dutch libraries (OCLC locates six, though the printing of each of these copies is unclear), the work seems less notice in America: NUC notes only the copy at the John Crear Library at the University of Chicago (this copy since ending up at the Spencer Library at Kansas); OCLC adds New York Public Library and Duke (the latter with the notation “2e duizendtal”—second thousand—on its front wrapper) for American holdings.

Price: $450.00

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