Watertown, New York: L. Ingalls & Co., 1862. First Edition. xii, 13-294. Bound in tan ribbed publisher's cloth by John W. Gorse & Co. Corners bumped, small stains on front cover, hinges cracked (lower cords broken), wear to binding extremities. Foxing throughout as is true in all copies, pages 117-122 sprung with wear along exposed edges, final endleaf bent and torn near gutter, lacking front endleaf, title starting to detach. With described faults, and priced accordingly. Good. Item #3364
A WOMAN TRAVELS MORE THAN 1300 MILES TO ESTABLISH A COMMUNAL VEGETARIAN COLONY.
"Miriam Colt takes the reader from upstate New York to southeastern Kansas in 1856, traveling the last stretch of the journey, from Kansas City to the Neosho River, by covered wagon. In addition to portraying the turbulent border life and the hardships endured by frontier settlers, she includes a description of the organization called the Vegetarian Settlement Company and a copy of its Constitution" (Wagner-Camp 380a).
This extraordinary Constitution is comprised of XIV Articles, which opens with the following statement: "WHEREAS, the practice of Vegetarian diet is best adapted to the development of the highest and noblest principles of human nature, and the use of the flesh of animals as food tends to the physical, moral, and intellectual injury of mankind, and it is desirable that those persons who believe in the Vegetarian principle should have every opportunity to live in accordance therewith, and should unite in the formation of a company for the permanent establishment in some portion of this country, of a home where the slaughter of animals for food shall be prohibited, and where the principle of the Vegetarian diet can be fairly and fully tested, so as to more fully demonstrate its advantages" [...].
"Mrs. Colt, her husband and family joined a vegetarian colony located about four miles north of present-day Chanute, Kansas. The narrative is very descriptive of the turbulent border life and the hardships of frontier life." (David Dary, Kanzana no. 96).
Howes C-622. Streeter sale, IV no. 2019. Graff 827. Rader 875.