New York: United States Publishing Company, 1870. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good+. 502 pp. Illustrated with fifteen full-page illustrations from the Bureau of Illustration. Thick 8vo., 222 x 144 mm, bound in original publisher's green cloth, top cover and spine gilt-lettered. First Edition. A pointed critique at numerous elements of society that the author finds at odds with the institution of marriage. Those coming under fire include the Oneida Community, the Berlin Heights Group, the Free Lovers, Free Divorce, Advocates of Woman Suffrage among others. The bulk of work deals with the history and day to day life of the Oneida Community, the well-known religious commune created by John Humphrey Noyes (1811-1886) in 1848. Ellis traveled to Oneida interviewing members of the community and recording his first hand observations. Many of his arguments echo those of today's opponents of gay marriage. Slightest of wear to head and tail of spine, otherwise a bright, fresh, fine copy. (Inventory #: D14560)
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