First Left Book Club edition, published simultaneously with the first edition. Original orange limp cloth binding with titles in black to the spine and front cover. A very good copy, the binding firm with a little wear to the extremities and some marking and areas of fading to the spine and covers. The contents with a little spotting to the text block edge, are otherwise clean throughout. Also included is a typed single sheet letter from Eric Hobsbawm, the author's cousin, to Brian Ryder, dated 29th April 1996, and signed in ink by Hobsbawm. The letter has some folds, but otherwise is in very good condition.
'A comparative study of the doctrines of Marx and Freud' by the first cousin of the renowned Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm. In the accompanying letter, Hobsbawm recalls his memories of his somewhat distant relative ('Ours, you may infer, is not a very close-knit family'). He recounts that: 'After Freud and Marx [Osborn] became some cause of pride in the family - how many of its members had written intellectual books? - but before then he was just another impecunious young intellectual frequenting public libraries and Lyons teashops'. A scarce letter from one of the leading historians of the twentieth century.
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