A Thousand Books of Fame

"A Thousand Books of Fame" was a booklist obtained by sending in your name to Gavin Gowrie of The House of Gowrie, and Thurland & Thurland.

Gavin is another pseudonym used by Arthur Desmond selling, importing and printing books in Chicago.


I’ve books of Love and Golden Deed and books of every cult and creed. I’ve books by men who fought and won, and tales of Nations long undone.

I’ve books for young men or the old; books of business, bonds and gold. I’ve doctor books for man and wife and books about the Germs of Life.

I’ve books of battle, blood and war; of voyages, travels, near and far. I’ve books of beer and beef and bread, and books for calling up the dead.

I’ve books that bear a royal name, and books that teach the Iron Game. I’ve books of praise and psalm and pain, and epic books of Dragons slain.

I’ve Rebel scrolls of flame and fate, and books defending church and state. I’ve books of stars and heavenly hosts, of witches, warlocks, gods, and ghosts.

I’ve books of monk and nun and knight, and sibyl books of power and might: Some old, some new, some highly priced: books of Buddha, Joss and Christ.

I’ve books by black and tan Hindoos, and books by Japs, and books by Jews: and picture books of hell and sin, from Paris, London, Rome, Berlin.

I’ve Jesuit books of craft and crime, and heathen books in prose and rhyme: Masonic texts a wonderous store and mystic tomes of ancient lore.

Ten thousand volumes rich and rare, and women’s fiction false and fair. My list —“A Thousand Books of Fame” is yours for mailing in your name.

My list —“A THOUSAND BOOKS OF FAME” is yours for mailing in your name.


We present our very own "Gavin Gowrie's A Thousand Books of Fame," a series of books, as a wink, as a top-shelf tribute, to "The House of Gowrie," and "Thurland & Thurland." It is a small homage to the man behind it, Gavin Gowrie a.k.a. Arthur Desmond.

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Step inside the wonderful world of a 1900s Bookselling business. Book lists including historic and important must read books, and works from: Niccolo Machiavelli, Friedrich Nietzsche, Max Stirner, Herbert Spencer, Oscar Wilde, Ragnar Redbeard, Malfew Seklew, Count Leo Tolstoy, Francis Lord Bacon, Ernest Pack, Sir Samuel Fergusson, Alphonse Daudet, Bart Kennedy, and Emile Souvestre.
Famous must read books for men and women on every "ISMS." Under the pseudonyms: Gavin Gowrie, and Richard Thurland, Arthur Desmond sold books by mail through "The House of Gowrie" and "Thurland & Thurland," Evanston, Chicago.
“A Thousand Books of Fame."

FREEMASONRY—"The Open Road To Damnation." The pamphlet is brilliantly written, is extremely aggressively vitriolic. It speaks of the hidden “Black Degrees” and the “Adoration of Satan.”

“THE COMING SLAVERY,” By Herbert Spencer. For all men interested in social change or reform. Socialists, populists and prohibitionists are invited to read this.
“THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MALFEW SEKLEW,” By Malfew Seklew. (F. M. Wilkesbarre)
“WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF LIFE?” By Dr. Fridtjof Nansen, Arctic Explorer.
“THE VIRGIN’S GOD-CHILD,” By Emile Souvestre.
“THE POPE'S MULE,” By Alphonse Daudet.
IF YOU WANT TO BUY A BOOK of any kind, you should write us. We will hunt it up for you, and you will find our prices surprisingly reasonable, We give special attention to books of a strange und unusual character—books that the ordinary city dealer does not dare to handle. We have a department of suppressed and unorthodox works. We have books for and against all sorts of religions and governments—against individual tyrants and majority despotisms—also against gods and idols of all kinds. We have Socialist books, also heathen and anarchist books by the ton—populist books—books on evolution and revolution—books on EugenicsMysticismBuddhismJudaism and Witchcraft. We have books upon electricityChristian Science and airships, upon manufacturingcommercefinance and business methods; also books upon lovecourtship and marriage and the training of the child, etc., etc.
If you would obtain wealth, fame or power as other men have done, don’t fill your mind with newspaper trash and magazine rubbish. If you feed your mind on commonplace authors you yourself will become commonplace. Read the books that lift you up, as it were, fill you with fire and force and make you a living terror to your foes. Volney, Nietzsche, Machiavelli, Plutarch, Redbeard, (the sayings of Bonaparte also), these are the kind of books to set your brain working. They will wake your soul (if you happen to have one,) and send you forth to do mighty things before your eyes grow dim and all your powers wane.
“Don’t read drivel—read the books that make you strong to dare and do.” —Arthur Desmond.
Paperback, 392 pages
ISBN-13: 978-9198593266
Hardcover, 392 pages
ISBN-13: 978-9198593297

Arthur Desmond (1859-1929), a young local Napier, a common worker, a cattle-drover, came from nowhere as ‘a representative of the small settler and the working man’ when he stood for parliament in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand in 1884. Mr. Desmond caused quite a big stir in the political establishment as an unknown candidate with his strong and radical views. He lost to Captain Russel, and came last at a third place with 190 votes against Capt.Russel’s 564, and Mr. Sutton’s 381.
This compilation will not try to say or explain anything other than what has already been reported by the press between 1884-1885. What it will do is give you Arthur Desmond’s first ever speeches, commentary, correspondence, and articles filled with critique and praise. Poetry, and Politics—Love, and War, well, maybe not soo much love.
Later, we have learned that Arthur Desmond lived a life under many different names, one of the most notorius was Ragnar Redbeard, under which he wrote the infamous, and supressed book Might is Right, published in 1896. Another, and much less widely known nom de plume he used for a brief period was “Keo Kaha,” a Maori signature which means Strong Point.
Enjoy this little “scrapbook,” a time-piece of the political radical Arthur Desmond. From cattle-drover to Radical Demagogue.
This is a great companion to Arthur Desmond - Christ as a Social Reformer & Writings in Red.
Paperback, 204 pages
ISBN-13: 978-9198593280

THE TWILIGHT OF THE IDOLS or, How to Philosophise with the Hammer: THE ANTICHRIST Eternal Recurrence and Notes to Zarathustra (A Thousand Books of Fame Series)
“THE TWILIGHT OF THE IDOLS” AND “THE ANTICHRIST” by Friedrich Nietzsche is the most extraordinary and most destructive assault upon the citadel of “Christian Principles” that we have ever read. It analyzes and assails Christian tradition. Christian philosophy. Christian theology, and Christian morality as part and parcel of a clever religious swindle, worked off upon our forefathers by cunning avaricious yellow skinned Asiatics.
Nevertheless Nietzsche is not an “agnostic” — not a “materialist” — not a “rationalist” — not a “free thinker”, because he is more than any of these and includes them all. In logic, eloquence, profundity, historicity and clearness of statement he far out classes Ingersoll, Paine, Voltaire and Renan. He is a thousand miles beyond any of them. Compared with Nietzsche, they are back numbers and little better than methodists.
Did not Ingersoll praise “Jesus the man” as a noble and beautiful character; and what is such blind and thoughtless adulation but another name for “worship”?
The real fact is that the personality of Jesus was utterly ignoble. There was nothing grand or glorious in anything he said or did. Everything he taught and everything he wrought was faithless and delusive. He was a defamer of all things bold, manly, aggressive and natural. There was no truth in him. His brain was as base as his birth, and he hated all men with iron in their blood.
After you read “THE ANTICHRIST” you will say to yourself that there were no iconoclasts till Nietzsche came.
The very ablest literary critics of our time are as a unit in admitting the stupendous significance of this great Polish thinker.
We regret that his works should be so expensive, because they ought to be reprinted in pamphlet form (at a low price) and scattered broadcast over this religion-mad land with its 100,000 cross-crowned idol-houses, raying forth continuously their poisonous and degrading falsehoods and Chandala superstitions into the ears of the young.
Should you be interested in the mighty, heroic and masculine things of this world, it is imperative, it is absolutely imperative that you should get Nietzsche's works and study them. Verily, he is great. In his own line he has no superior; and he is intellectual honesty itself. He faces every problem fearlessly unflinchingly, and turns aside at nothing, exactly as you should do and probably would do if you had the nerve.
“The Twilight of the idols” and “The Antichrist” both in one volume.
Paperback, 264 pages
ISBN-13: 978-9198593273

The Prince and The Art of War: A Thousand Books of Fame Series
By Niccolò Machiavelli
Two important works by this Italian Renaissance diplomat, and father of the modern political philosophy and political science. Ever heard the term Machavillian, the only way to gain knowledge and power for yourself is to read and study. Machiavelli put it, one "ought to have no other aim or thought, nor select anything else for his study, than war."
The Prince is a 16th-century political treatise, and the authors best-known work. A version of the manuscript circulated in 1513 but the printed book was first published in 1532. Due to the treatise's controversial analysis on politics, the Catholic Church banned The Prince, putting it on the Index Librorum  Prohibitorum (Index of forbidden books). His book was denounced as written with the very fingers of Satan himself.
The Art of War was written between 1519 - 1520 in the format of a socratic dialogue and was the only political work by Machiavelli printed under his lifetime. The book published in 1521 contains his most developed ideas concerning military organization and the proper relationship between the army, the state, and the individual.
Paperback, 368 pages
ISBN-13: 978-9198593242

OSCAR WILDE a selection of six: A Thousand Books of Fame series
The Picture of Dorian Grey
The Fischerman and his Soul
The Soul of man under Socialism
Oscar Wilde's Wittisisms
The Ballad of Reading Goal
Paperback, 332 pages
ISBN-13: 978-9198593228