MARX, Karl.

[Das Kapital, in Polish:] Kapitał.

Krytyka ekonomji politycznej. Tom I. Księga pierwsza. Przebieg wytwarzania Kapitału; Proces wytwarzania kapitału. Przekład z niemieckiego wydania ludowego. Zeszyt drugi; Zeszyt III.

Warsaw: Nakładem Spóldzielni Księgarskiej Książka, 1926-9 Stock Code: 115423

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Extremely rare second (first 1884) Polish edition of Das Kapital, a new and thorough, though anonymous translation; the planned second volume never appeared, overtaken by events in the middle of the 20th century.

This edition reprints the usual prefaces, including the one of the first Polish edition, but there is no new preface to this edition, which was carefully typeset and printed on high-quality paper. This new translation, on which a team of economists and Marxists worked for years, introduces modern Marxist terminology into the Polish language. The translators and editors were Henryk Lauer, Mieczysław Kwiatkowski, Jerzy Heryng, and Lidwig Selen. Henry Lauer, real name Ernest Brand, had been a member of the Polish Communist Party CPP since 1919 and later worked in the Soviet Union where the Stalinists shot him in 1937.

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3 volumes, octavo. Vol. 1 in original paper wrappers printed in black; vols. 2 and 3 in contemporary half cloth with marbled boards, number 95 printed in black to spine of vol. 2, front wrapper of vol. 2 bound in. Housed in a black cloth solander box.


Vol. 1 with neat repair to edges of wrappers and backstrip; private ownership stamp to title of Volume 1. Wrappers of vol. 1 slightly soiled and dog-eared, boards of vol. 2 rubbed, the occasional faint spot or finger mark to contents. A very good copy.


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