Robert. Report of the proceedings at the public meetings,
held in Dublin...on the 18th March—12th April—19th April and 3d May;
preceded by an introductory statement of his opinions and arrangements, at New
Lanark; extracted from his Essays on the Formation of Human Character. Dublin:
Pr. by J. Carrick & Son, 1823. 8vo (21.5 cm, 8.5"). Frontis., xxxvi,
161 (i.e., 160) pp; 1 plt.; foldout table.
Robert Owen (1771–1858) is a monumental figure in the realm of social reform, a Welshman who started out as a successful capitalist, spent most of his life and fortune unsuccessfully advocating socialism and primitive communism, and ended his life as a spiritualist. He had early triumphs in advocating his socialist ideas, but attempts to export the interesting success of New Lanark to the U.S. and Mexico were unfulfilled.
These Dublin addresses were to mark the end of any hope of developing an Owenian utopian community in Ireland—for while Owen succeeded by the lectures in starting the Hibernian Philanthropic Society, his religious views aroused such strong public opposition and such bad press in Ireland that his social reform crusade there was effectively over.
frontispiece and plate show views of Owen’s proposed utopian communities,
while the foldout gives estimates of labor and produce.
On Owen, see: The Dictionary of National Biography, XLII, 444–52. Period-style quarter tan cloth and light blue paper sides, spine with printed paper label. Ex-library: rubber-stamps from a now-defunct library. Occasional browning and spotting with traces of soiling.
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