16 June 2015
MARX, Karl (1818-1883). Das Kapital. Kritik der politischen Oekonomie. Volume 1 only. Hamburg: Otto Meissner, 1867.
8° (213 x 136mm). (Occasional negligible spotting, light creasing in the last few gatherings, short marginal tear in leaf 46.6.) Contemporary black half roan, spine with raised bands, one compartment lettered directly in gilt, the others ruled in gilt, marbled edges (expertly rebacked preserving the original spine, corners neatly repaired); later slipcase. Provenance: Dr Georg Reichenheim, Berlin (1842-1903; neat title stamp) – Lorenskij (endpaper signature) – Feuerbacher Heide (bookplate with reference number 5582).
FIRST EDITION OF THE 'BIBLE OF MARXISM', ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL BOOKS IN THE MODERN ERA.
‘The history of the twentieth century is Marx's legacy. Stalin, Mao, Che, Castro – the icons and monsters of the modern age have all presented themselves as his heirs. Whether he would recognize them as such is quite another matter... Within one hundred years of his death half the world's population was ruled by governments that professed Marxism to be their guiding faith. His ideas have transformed the study of economics, history, geography, sociology and literature’ (Wheen). Marx's great polemic was the summation of his quarter of a century of economic studies, mostly at the British Museum. Only this first volume was published in Marx's lifetime; his friend and supporter Friedrich Engels edited and published volume II in 1885 and volume III in 1894.
PMM 359; Rubel 633, 635, 636; Wheen, Karl Marx, p.1.
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