May 05, 2022 - Sale 2603

Sale 2603 - Lot 29

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[Economics] Marx, Karl (1818-1883)
Capital, The Humboldt Library of Science Edition in Parts, Original Wrappers.

New York: Humboldt Publishing, 28 Lafayette Place, Sept. 1 1890; Sept. 15, 1890; Oct. 1, 1890; [and] Oct. 15, 1890.

Four separately printed paperback semi-monthly serials, saddle stitched and in original printed publisher's paper wrappers, each a double number priced at 30 cents, comprising numbers 135-138, with subscription rates listed as $3.00 per year on all four covers; covers somewhat toned, delicate, but only lightly chipped, some portions of spines have flaked away, some superficial water staining to the outer cover of the fourth part, otherwise well-preserved for a cheaply-produced publication of this era; the same ownership inscription in pen on all four volumes; 9 1/8 x 6 in. (4)

This edition was published without the permission of Appleton, Engels, or the translators. The text itself was edited by Frederick Engels and translated into English by Samuel Moore and Edward Aveling based on the third German edition. Although Appleton issued the first American imprint of Marx's landmark work, the sheets were leftovers from the 1887 London edition with cancelled titles, thus making this pirated Humboldt edition the first printed in the States.