17 June 2008
MARX, Karl (1818-1883). Das Kapital. Kritik der politischen Oekonomie... Buch I: Der Produktionsprocess der Kapitals. - [Buch 2: Der Cirkulationsprocess des Kapitals. Edited by Friedrich Engels.] Hamburg: Otto Meissner, 1867 and 1885.
2 volumes (of 3), 8o, (215 x 134 mm). Volume 1: contemporary half sheep and pebble-grain brown boards (some rubbing). Volume 2: contemporary morocco-backed pebble-grain green cloth (rebacked); each in cloth chemise and housed together in morocco backed slipcase.
FIRST EDITION OF ONE MOST INFLUENTIAL BOOKS OF THE MODERN ERA. Only the first volume was printed during Marx's lifetime; for its completion he was indebted to his friend and supporter Friedrich Engels, who edited volumes 2 and 3 (published in 1894) from Marx's manuscripts. "Marx himself modestly described Das Kapital as a continuation of his Zur Kritik der Politischen Oekonomie, 1859. It was in fact the summation of his quarter of a century's economic studies, mostly in the Reading Room of the British Museum. The Athenaeum reviewer of the first English translation (1887) later wrote: 'Under the guise of a critical analysis of capital, Karl Marx's work is pricipally a polemic against capitalists and the capitalist mode of production, and it is this polemic tone which is its chief charm.'" (PMM 359); Rubel 633. (2)
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