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PROUDHON, Pierre-Joseph.

Lettre à M. Blanqui sur la propriété.

Professeur d'économie politique au conservatoire des arts et métiers. Deuxieme mémoire.

Paris : 1841 Stock Code: 121140
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First edition, one of 2,000 copies, of Proudhon's grateful response to Louis-Auguste Blanqui's generous review of Qu'est-ce que la propriété?, the French anarchist philosopher's notorious thesis which caused a scandal by equating all property with theft. Immediately after its publication in 1840 the distinguished economist Blanqui (1805-1881) was appointed by the Minister of Justice to read Proudhon's inflammatory treatise, and his review of it was partially reproduced by Le Moniteur on 7 September. Although he opposed the views that Proudhon adopted, Blanqui's judgement was ultimately favourable because he believed Proudhon to be a philosopher and inquirer rather than a serious revolutionary. Blanqui's verdict helped to lessen the insurrection charges brought against Proudhon and it was only because of his support that Proudhon was permitted to keep his stipend. This letter presents the author's reactions to his patron's objections and some moderate revisions to his first work.
The Lettre was followed by "Avertissement aux propriétaires, ou Lettre à M. Considérant sur une défense de la propriété" (often referred to as the "troisième mémoire").

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Duodecimo (182 x 112 mm). Original yellow wrappers printed in black, edges uncut.


Later ownership stamp of "Alf. Mathey" to front wrappers.


Wrappers soiled and a little chipped, binding and spine professionally restored, and with single discarded leaves of the text (pp. [5]-6 and 7-8) partially pasted to the inside front and rear wrappers; contents bright with occasional foxing and some minor dampstain to upper edges, still a very good copy.


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