The House of Gowrie and Thurland & Thurland: The Devil's Book Agents. 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 "ISM." Under the pseudonyms: Gavin Gowrie, and Richard Thurland, Arthur Desmond (Ragnar Redbeard) sold books by mail through "The House of Gowrie" and "Thurland & Thurland," Evanston, Chicago.
The House of Gowrie and Thurland & Thurland: The Devil's Book Agents is part our own “A Thousand Books of Fame.”
Contains the following and much more:
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) The whole pamphlet reprinted in full.
“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.
Ragnar Redbeard - Max Stirner - Friedrich Nietzche
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 Eugenics. Mysticism, Buddhism, Judaism and Witchcraft. We have books upon electricity, Christian Science and airships, upon manufacturing, commerce, finance and business methods; also books upon love, courtship 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, Redheard, (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.
The House of Gowrie and Thurland & Thurland:
The Devil's Book Agents
"Don’t read drivel—read the books that make you strong to dare and do." —Arthur Desmond.
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Niccolo Machiavelli - Friedrich Nietzsche - Oscar Wilde - Arthur Desmond - Ragnar Redbeard
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