· Chicago
by [UTOPIAN COMMUNITIES - BISHOP HILL] WALDENSTRÖM, P. [Paul Peter]
Chicago: Chicago-Bladets, . First American Edition. 12mo. Contemporary pebbled cloth backed in ruled calf; coated yellow endpapers; 217pp. A well-preserved, Very Good copy. Small advertising label for the Chicago-Bladet, a Swedish-American newspaper, affixed to front pastedown. Stenciled ex-libris of "C.A. Larson - Bishop Hill - Henry Co. Ills" to front free endpaper; below his ex-libris, the owner has stencilled "Sörbo," presumably his town of origin in Sweden. The ex-libris is repeated in holograph on rear endpaper. Somewhat uncommon volume of meditations on the 25th Psalm by the Swedish Pietist minister and founder of the Swedish Mission Covenant. Waldenström published a memoir of his travels in North America (Genom Norra Amerikas Förenta Stater. Reseskildringar, Stockholm: 1890), in which he describes at some length a visit to the by-then defunct Bishop Hill Colony, a Swedish pietist communal society established in 1846 by the followers of Eric Jansson. This suggests a circuitous but compelling link to the current volume, which bears the ex-libris of a Bishop Hill resident. We find no definitive record for a "C.A. Larson" (Carl? Christian?) active at Bishop Hill during this period, but the Larson name was among the most prominent in the community from the time of its formation, one L.G. Larson having shouldered the bulk of the cost of emigration for most of the original colonists.
(Inventory #: 46009)