Boston: Cupples & Hurd, 1888. First edition. Printed wrappers (5 ½” x 8 ¾”), 90 pp. A few slivers missing along the fore-edge and spine ends, a VG copy. None others in the trade (Oct., 2019); fifteen copies in OCLC institutions.
An exposition of individualist anarchism by the prosperous Massachusetts jeweler, William A. Sturdy. Organized into five sections: I. - Free Will II. - Education III. - Society IV. - Fashion and V. - Government, Sturdy asserts that “man will never peaceably submit to any authority other than his own,” and therefore his education should be directed at teaching him to think for himself. He further explains that although society necessitates a limited government, it should be organized to protect individual rights; that fashion attempts to obfuscate one’s knowledge of one’s own individuality and is the enemy of nature, and that government should be truly representative and should adopt a new honest balloting system.
William Allen Sturdy (1840-1925) served with McClellan in the Civil War before re-establishing his jewelry manufacturing business in 1863. He first operated in Attleboro, MA, before moving to Norton where he found even greater success and became one of Norton’s most prominent citizens. He authored a number of other works including, Shaking the Apple Tree, Or, Education vs. Common Sense: A Novel (1886) Right and Wrong: Relating to Literal Ethics and a Popular Form of Government Showing the Defective Character of Webster’s Dictionary with Its Influence Upon the Disturbances Between the Ruling Class and the Common Laborer (1891), The Degeneracy of Aristocracy (1907), Economy of Education (1909), and Human Equity (1911). Item #06983