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MARX, Karl.

Das Kapital.

Kritik der politischen Oekonomie. Erster Band. Buch I: Der Produktionsprocess des Kapitals.

Otto Meissner, Hamburg , 1867 Stock Code: 138113
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First edition of the first volume of Das Kapital, the only volume to appear in Marx's lifetime. Following Marx's death in 1883, the second and third volumes were edited from Marx's manuscripts and seen through the press by Friedrich Engels, in 1885 and 1894 respectively. Together they form the most significant and influential critique of capitalism ever published, with Das Kapital becoming the bible of Marxist movements and governments in the following century. "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 recognise them as such is quite another matter... Nevertheless, 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. Not since Jesus Christ has an obscure pauper inspired such global devotion - or been so calamitously misinterpreted" (Francis Wheen, in his introduction to Karl Marx, 1999).

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Octavo (210 x 134 mm). Contemporary black quarter cloth, spine lettered in gilt, mottled sides and edges. Housed in a custom brown half morocco solander box, spine lettered in gilt, brown cloth sides.


Very light wear to spine extremities revealing blue paper spine lining, very minor foxing and finger soiling to initial few leaves, but contents otherwise clean without any notations. An excellent, unrestored copy.


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