• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 7590

    Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books

    4 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 133

    MARX, Karl (1818-1883). Autograph letter signed ('K. Marx') to Collet Dobson Collet, 23 November 1868, in English, one page, 8vo (209 x 136mm), integral blank (short tears to left and right margins).

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    MARX, Karl (1818-1883). Autograph letter signed ('K. Marx') to Collet Dobson Collet, 23 November 1868, in English, one page, 8vo (209 x 136mm), integral blank (short tears to left and right margins).

    DAS KAPITAL. Marx assures Collet that he may 'use my letter in whatever form you like' [referring to one of his letters on Russian manipulation of the international money markets (see previous lot)], and goes on to give the full reference for a citation of his most famous work, including an English translation: 'The title of my work is "Das Kapital. Kritik der Politischen Oekonomie. Erster Band. Hamburg , 1867" "Capital. Criticism of Political Economy. First Volume. Hamburg, 1867"'. A pamphlet he had sent belongs to [Sigismund] Borkheim, and is to be returned to him: 'The secret of that pamphlet seems to be: Gastenberg, agent of the Barings; the Barings, Foreign Loan Contractors, and, especially, loan contractors for the Russian Government'.

    Marx expressed himself more frankly in a letter to Friedrich Engels on the same day: 'I have burnt my fingers with the blasted Urquhartites ... Urquhart wants to print one of those letters over my name in his next Diplomatic Review ... So I am in for it. It's a consolation that not a soul reads the Diplomatic Review ... In order to give the affair more weight, they obviously intend to cite me as the author of Capital, which would be an abomination in their eyes if they knew it'.


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Special Notice

    Buyers from within the EU: VAT payable at 17.5% on just the buyer's premium (NOT the hammer price) Buyers from outside the EU: VAT payable at 17.5% on hammer price and buyer's premium. If a buyer, having registered under a non-EU address, decides that an item is not to be exported from the EU, then he/she should advise Christie's to this effect immediately.