New York: Harper and Brothers, 1936. First edition. Small octavo (7 3/4 inches tall), original blue cloth, original dust jacket. Early owner signature (dated July 1944,) in red pencil to blank flyleaf of about-fine book, chipping to spine ends, crease and closed tear to the base of front panel of the dust jacket. A near-fine copy. Item #98
"WE MUST BRIDGE OVER THE GAP BETWEEN PRODUCERS AND CONSUMERS WITH BROTHERLY LOVE. OTHERWISE SOCIETY WILL NEVER BE SAVED" First book edition of Kagawa's Depression-era study of economic cooperatives, based on the Rauschenbusch Lectures he delivered at the Colgate-Rochester Divinity School in 1936. The nine chapters include: Is There a Way out of Chaos? Christ and Economics, The Fallacy of Materialistic Economics, Philosophy of Change, Brotherhood Love through the Ages, The Modern Cooperative Movement, Brotherhood Love in Action, The Cooperative State, World Peace built on Brotherhood Love. A convert to Christianity, Kagawa was a longtime labor activist and pacifist and his message resonated with Peter Maurin and the Catholic Worker movement. Dorothy Day admired Brotherhood Economics: "Lying on the couch while the chestnut logs snapped warmly in the big stove, I read Kagawa's Brotherhood Economics which is one of the best and simplest accounts of the co-operative movement I have come across...I enjoyed reading his brief account of the mutual aid movement among the early Christians and communities of monks." (The Dorothy Day Book). A brief Bibliography and an Index follow the text.