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“Marx Was Above All A Revolutionary”

11. MARX, Karl.

Capital: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production.

London, 1887. Two volumes. Octavo, original gilt-stamped burgundy

cloth recased, custom clamshell box.


First edition in English of the first part of Marx’s landmark Das Kapital,

the only part published in his lifetime, containing substantial revisions

made by Marx for the first French translation.

Banned by the Nazis from

1940 to 1945, and by the Nationalist government in China in 1929.

Expelled from Paris in 1844, from Brussels in 1848, and from Cologne

in 1849, Karl Marx moved to London where, with the loyal financial

support of Frederick Engels, he endured hunger, the deaths of three

children and his wife’s nervous breakdown, spending most of the next

two decades in the British Museum, immersed in research for his

great historical analysis of capitalism. “In his funeral eulogy for Karl

Marx, Engels concluded that ‘Marx was above all a revolutionary… It

is doubtful that any figure in history has inspired more violently con-

tradictory opinions than Karl Marx” (Downs, 22). Interiors very fresh

with only a few leaves roughly opened, closed tear to one leaf (I:337)

expertly repaired, light expert restoration to original cloth.

“In reality, the labourer belongs

to capital before he has sold

himself to capital.”