"The Story of My Dictatorship"

Title"The Story of My Dictatorship"
Year for Search1893
Authors[Berens], [Lewis Henry](?-1914), and [Singer], [Ignatius]
Secondary TitleWeekly Times & Echo (London)
Volume / Editionnos. 2418 - 2433
Pagination6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 4, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6
Date PublishedJune 4 - September 17, 1893
KeywordsAotearoa New Zealand author, Australian author, English author, Male author
Annotation

Single Tax eutopia set in London. See also 1895 Berens and Singer. For Henry George's explanation of the single tax, see his Progress and Poverty. An Inquiry Into the Cause of Industrial Depressions and Of Increase of Want With Increase of Wealth. The Remedy. San Francisco, CA: W.M. Hinton, 1879. Fiftieth Anniversary Ed. New York: The Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, 1929.

Additional Publishers

The first version appeared serially in Our Commonwealth (Adelaide, SA, Australia), a newspaper edited by Singer to publicize land nationalization and the single tax, in 1887 and 1888, but the most complete holdings are missing two issues in the middle of the serial. The first part of the series is entitled "When I Was Governor of This Country" and appeared in 2.2 (December 1887): 428-29. A later part appeared as "When I Was Governor of South Australia" in 2.5 (March 1888): 452. This part refers to a previous part and indicates that it is to be continued, but the newspaper appears to have ended with that issue. Rpt. with a "Preface" by William Lloyd Garrison. New York: Sterling Pub. Co. Sterling Library No. 4, May 1, 1894; with the subtitle Dedicated (Without Permission) to the National Association. Auckland, New Zealand: Ptd. by F.W. Harradence, 1894; London: Bliss, Sands & Foster, 1894 with 2nd ed. on the cover; and Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Cole's Book Arcade, 1894, also described as 2nd ed. There is a Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Cole's Book Arcade edition of 1895 described as the 3rd ed., and there are copies of the 3rd ed. that gives the publication information as Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Cole's Book Arcade/London: Bliss, Sands & Foster, 1895; Rev. ed. Glasgow/Bradford/London: Land Values Publishing Department, [1907], with “Introductory by William Lloyd Garrison from the Preface to the American Edition” (5); New and unabr. ed. London: Land Values Publishing Department, [1910] has the subtitle The Taxation of Land Values Clearly Explained. Rpt. Cincinnati, OH: Joseph Fels Fund of America, 1913 and again in 1931. An edition with the subtitle An Account of an Eventful Experience Abridged From the Record Made by L.H. Berens and I. Singer. London: Henry George Foundation, 1934. Another edition is entitled Dictator--Democrat. Abridged and adapted from The Story of My Dictatorship By Lewis H. Berens and Ignatius Singer. Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Henry George Foundation, Australia, 1945. As can be seen, the publishing history of this book is complex and not yet settled.

Title Note

An edition is entitled Dictator--Democrat. Abridged and adapted from The Story of My Dictatorship By Lewis H. Berens and Ignatius Singer. Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Henry George Foundation, Australia, 1945.

Holding Institutions

A, DLC, L(NL), M

Author Note

The authors were Australian but are known to have been involved in the single tax and land nationalization movements in Australia, Aotearoa/New Zealand, and the UK. Berens (?-1914) was a jeweler and Singer was a chemist. Singer lived in Aotearoa/New Zealand for a time, and both also lived in Britain. Berens also wrote a book on the Digger Movement.

Full Text

1893 [Berens, Lewis Henry] (?-1914) [and] I[gnatius] Singer. “The Story of My Dictatorship.” Weekly Times & Echo (London), nos. 2418 - 2433 (June 4 - September 17, 1893): 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 4, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6. The first version appeared serially in Our Commonwealth (Adelaide, SA, Australia), a newspaper edited by Singer to publicize land nationalization and the single tax, in 1887 and 1888, but the most complete holdings are missing two issues in the middle of the serial. The first part of the series is entitled “When I Was Governor of This Country” and appeared in 2.2 (December 1887): 428-29. A later part appeared as “When I Was Governor of South Australia” in 2.5 (March 1888): 452. This part refers to a previous part and indicates that it is to be continued, but the newspaper appears to have ended with that issue. Rpt. with a “Preface” by William Lloyd Garrison. New York: Sterling Pub. Co. Sterling Library No. 4, May 1, 1894; with the subtitle Dedicated (Without Permission) to the National Association. Auckland, New Zealand: Ptd. by F.W. Harradence, 1894; London: Bliss, Sands & Foster, 1894 with 2nd ed. on the cover; and Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Cole’s Book Arcade, 1894, also described as 2nd ed. There is a Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Cole’s Book Arcade edition of 1895 described as the 3rd ed., and there are copies of the 3rd ed. that gives the publication information as Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Cole’s Book Arcade/London: Bliss, Sands & Foster, 1895; Rev. ed. Glasgow/Bradford/London: Land Values Publishing Department, [1907], with “Introductory by William Lloyd Garrison from the Preface to the American Edition” (5); New and unabr. ed. London: Land Values Publishing Department, [1910] has the subtitle The Taxation of Land Values Clearly Explained. Rpt. Cincinnati, OH: Joseph Fels Fund of America, 1913 and again in 1931. An edition with the subtitle An Account of an Eventful Experience Abridged From the Record Made by L.H. Berens and I. Singer. London: Henry George Foundation, 1934. Another edition is entitled Dictator--Democrat. Abridged and Adapted from The Story of My Dictatorship By Lewis H. Berens and Ignatius Singer. Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Henry George Foundation, Australia, 1945. As can be seen, the publishing history of this book is complex and not yet settled. A, DLC, L(NL), M

Single Tax eutopia set in London. See also 1895 Berens and Singer. The idea of a single tax on land originated with Henry George (1839-97). For Henry George's explanation of the single tax, see his Progress and Poverty. An Inquiry Into the Cause of Industrial Depressions and Of Increase of Want With Increase of Wealth. The Remedy. San Francisco, CA: W.M. Hinton, 1879. Fiftieth Anniversary Ed. New York: The Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, 1929. The authors were Australian but are known to have been involved in the single tax and land nationalization movements in Australia, Aotearoa/New Zealand, and the UK. Berens was a jeweler and Singer was a chemist. Singer lived in Aotearoa/New Zealand for a time, and both also lived in Britain. Berens also wrote a book on the Digger Movement.