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KARL MARX AND COLLET DOBSON COLLET
The following lots present 13 autograph letters signed by Karl Marx to the English radical and tax reformer Collet Dobson Collet (1812-1898), as well as, in lot 140, a collection illustrating Collet's broader correspondence.
Collet's first claim to radical prominence lay in his role as secretary of the Association for Promoting the Repeal of the Taxes on Knowledge, which aimed principally to repeal the remaining indirect taxes affecting newspapers, a goal substantially achieved by 1855. Collet's association with Karl Marx began after he became editor of David Urquhart's Free Press (and, in its subsequent guise of the Diplomatic Review, its publisher as well), and indeed a number of Marx's letters are requests for back-issues or off-prints of the two publications. Although Marx was sometimes rather dismissive of Collet in his correspondence, the two families -- and particularly their daughters -- maintained the most friendly relations from the 1860s onwards (see letters by Jenny and Eleanor Marx in lot 140).
The relationship is discussed, with brief extracts from the letters, in Jane Miller, Relations (2003), p.165ff. Two letters from Marx to Collet, dated 10 November and 9 December 1876, were sold at Christie's, 16 October 1985, lot 72 (£12,000). This remaining group is thought to be THE LARGEST GROUP OF MARX LETTERS REMAINING IN PRIVATE HANDS.
Provenance: Collet Dobson Collet; and by descent.