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ENGELS, Friedrich.

The Condition of the Working-Class in England in 1844....

With preface written in 1892.

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Published: London Swan Sonnenschein & Co., 1892

Stock Code: 131508

OR On display in 43 Dover Street


Second UK edition (following the 1888 UK issue of the sheets of the first American edition of 1887); first published in German in 1845. An excellent labour-movement association copy, being the copy of James Thomson Shotwell (1874-1965), with his pencilled ownership signature to the front free endpaper and his inked ownership signature to the title page. Shotwell played a major role in the creation of the International Labour Organization in 1919, and was later influential in promoting the inclusion of a declaration of human rights in the UN Charter. He was nominated, unsuccessfully, for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952.
"Engels's book is important in several respects. Not only was it written from an unusual perspective - that of a German philosophical communist dedicated to the cause of the working classes - and not only was it based on extensive reading of government inquiries and press reports, it was also the product of Engels's extensive contacts with local labour activists... In addition, in his eyewitness description of the vivid contrast between suburban and proletarian Manchester, Engels produced what many have regarded as a classic account of the nineteenth-century industrial town, fit to stand comparison with Dickens's Hard Times or Disraeli's Sybil" (ODNB). Engels contributed a new preface for this edition, surveying the changes of the last half century.

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Octavo. Original red cloth, spine lettered in gilt, front cover lettered in black.


A few pencilled lines in margins. Spine faded and lightly rolled, cloth cockled and a little soiled. A very good copy.


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