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Ward, Lester Frank


Glimpses of the Cosmos (in 6 volumes)




G. P. Putnam's Sons




New York






1st edition






The full title is as follows: Glimpses of the Cosmos: Comprising his Minor Contributions Now Republished, Together with Biographical and Historical Sketches of all his Writings.

This is the complete set of his writings in 6 volumes. It includes all issues of the "Iconoclast," edited by Ward. The "Iconoclast" can be purchased seperately (see below). Ward was the first President of the American Sociological Association. In 1869, he, with others, fromed a "secret society or league" called "The National Liberal Reform League" for the purpose of the "dissemination of Liberal Ideas, to which every friend of mental liberty is asked to lend his support." By "liberal ideas" is meant rationalist ideas or free thought ideas. These ideas were meant to dis-establish the sanctity of the Christian religion. Rational critiques of the Bible had been well established by the likes of Bayle, Voltaire, Locke, Hobbes, Hume, et al, That it was a "secret society" is not surprising, for, at the time such political and religious risk existed for those who would disturb the political and religious waters that most writers of this era took seriously Thomas Gray’s admonition that:

“where ignorance is bliss,
T'is folly to be wise.”

The volumes consist of the following: Volume I: Period, 1858-1871. Age, 16-30; pp. lxxxix + 244.  Volume II: Period, 1875-1882; pp. xvii + 464; Age 34-40. Volume III: Period, 1882-1885. Age, 40-44; pp.xiv + 434. Volume IV: Period, 1885-1893. Age, 44-52; pp. xxii + 388. Volume V: Period, 1893-1897. Age, 52-55; pp. xv + 346. Volume VI: Period, 1897-1912. Age, 56-70; pp. xxxvi + 410.

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