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imgThe original immaculate condition of the book dust jacket (top)

The left book flap was not price clipped and had a high price for this bound book, Economische Gelijkheid (Economic Equality) by Edward Bellamy (1850-1898) published only one year after the liberation of the Netherlands in 1945, during a period when there was a shortage of paper.

The text on the flap started with the acclamation that Professor John Dewey stated Bellamy was the greatest American prophet of the Twentieth Century. The text continued with “During this time when we give birth to a new order, every one asks; what is in our future, war or peace, prosperity of poverty, does the coming technical development lead to destruction or real development? This book answers all these questions and reading it will show the reader which underlying principles run the world scene.”

Who was Edward Bellamy? Perhaps a bestselling visionary author and philosopher only as the short bio below might indicate, a revolutionary political thinker? Yes, he was and more than that, he was a true Socialist and Nationalist, and as such an advocate of a New World Order, one where you would have a credit card as well. Read that fascinating part of history here.

“Edward Bellamy was born March 26, 1850 in Chicoppee Falls, Massachusetts. Son and grandson of Baptist ministers, Bellamy studied law and worked briefly in the newspaper industry in New York and in Springfield, Massachusetts. Although he published four novels and several essays in his lifetime, he is remembered most for his 1888 work Looking Backward, 2000-1887 and it was this novel which influenced the formation of the Nationalist political movement and several accompanying utopian living experiments during the 1890`s. The novel became so popular that by 1900 only Uncle Tom`s Cabin had sold more copies“. ( source :http://www.let.rug.nl/usa/biographies/edward-bellamy/ )

The Dutch book translation which was published for the account of the International Bellamy Society, was also the first book published by the E. and M. Cohen Brothers Company after WW II. The heirs and successors to the old company aptly named their publishing firm “Phoenix”. The use of the name Phoenix was a reference to the figure of that magical mythological bird rising from its ashes, after the destruction this Jewish company had undergone during the Nazi occupation in Holland.  Naturally it refers as well to the personal disaster of many Jews including those who escaped the ashes of death in the concentration camps in Europe during WW II.

The E. and M. Cohen Publishing House has a very fascinating history as one of the most progressive socialist book publishing companies in the Netherlands and dates back to the start of the Nineteenth Century (1824-1951).

The successor Phoenix Company was also the first Dutch publisher offering a Dutch translation of George Orwell’s book Animal Farm in 1947.

No credit is given to the designer of the illustrations in the book, possibly they are copies of an American edition. In any event they give us some idea how socialist rhetoric has been applied throughout the book. The English writing in red is entirely ours to clarify the pictures with the original Dutch text on the bottom of the page.

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Picturing that great invention we now know as Television

img img_0001The Bellamy family was no stranger to “new ideas”, Edwards cousin had the following concept put into practice:

From Wikipedia

“The Bellamy salute is the salute described by Francis Bellamy (1855–1931), Christian socialist minister and author, to accompany the American Pledge of Allegiance, which he had authored in 1892. During the period when it was used with the Pledge of Allegiance, it was sometimes known as the “flag salute”. Later, during the 1920s and 1930s, Italian fascists and Nazis adopted a salute which was the exact same. This resulted in controversy over the use of the Bellamy salute in the United States. It was officially replaced by the hand-over-heart salute when Congress amended the Flag Code on December 22, 1942.”

More on the above controversial research  or interpretation can be found on this website edited by Rex Curry.

Let us go back to the Cohen Publishing House in Amsterdam for a moment. The Netherlands was a hotbed of International Socialism in the late 1800’s and the first quarter of the 20th Century. A fascinating insight into the socialist and communist ties between the Netherlands and the US is provided in the book The Roots of American Communism. New York: Viking Press, 1957, by author Theodore Draper.

The Cohen Brothers had a progressive political outlook on life like many non religious Jews who were fully integrated into Dutch life for centuries they and wanted to share their views with the world at large. Russia’s famous author’s Leo Tolstoy had his book Resurrection translated into the Dutch language around the early 1900’s.

The first English edition of the book appears in 1900 after it had been published in Russia in 1899 as Voskreseniye.

Our copy below does not appear on the literature list published by a descendant of the Cohen brothers.

tolstoy tolstoy2The colophon mentions being published after the complete English text and no further date is given. The cloth binding has the drawing by Leonid Pasternak which appears also on the English edition.

Book history can provides us with the knowledge of how ideas spread throughout the world, and books are the only true historical source that cannot be entirely falsified unless you reprint the entire book.

When you break down the book chain, destroy monuments in Syria, Afghanistan or any other place willfully, when uproot the family nucleus and when displace populations and manipulate the digital version of a book the final most negative effect is newspeak( Orwell) and you have a brainwashed New World Order in the making.

You all take care now. The mind is entirely “free” because it is in Your Head. Leave it as pollution free as you possibly can.

 

 

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