Traduction de M. J. Roy, entiÃ¨rement rÃ©visÃ©e par l'auteur.
Paris, Maurice LachÃ¢tre, 1872-1875.
Maurice Lachatre (1814-1900) was a Parisian radical bookseller, publisher, and collaborator of FÃ©lix Pyat's (with whom Marx butted heads over the growth of the International Working Men's Association in France). Lachatre's projected publication of the anarchist newspaper "La Commune" nearly cost him his life after the fall of the Paris Commune, when his bookshop was attacked with murderous intent by the Versaillaise army. It was while exiled first in Belgium and then Switzerland that Lachatre began work on publishing the present edition, though he was not free to return to Paris until 1879.
The second and third volumes of Das Kapital were published after Marx's death by Engels in 1885 and 1894, and were first published in French in 1900 and 1902. The history of the twentieth century if 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, writing 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).
The signature "G.See" could belong to Germain SÃ©e, (1818- 1896) ,a well known French doctor who specialised in the study of lung and cardiovascular diseases.
First edition in French, first issue; folio (29 x 20 cm); 351pp; two title-pages with engraved vignettes, engraved portrait, facsimile letter from Marx and from the publisher, stamp of previous bookseller on title-page, previous owner's signature "G.See" on front free endpaper; contemporary green half calf, decorated boards, some wear to the extremities; overall a good copy.
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