First edition. Publisher's original red cloth with titles in black to the upper board and in gilt to the spine. A very good copy, the binding secure with some marking to the boards, toning to the spine, chipping to spine ends, and an ink numeral towards the foot of the spine. The contents with cracking in places, toning, and an small ink date-stamp to the front free endpaper are otherwise in good order.
The first edition in book form of a collection of essays collaboratively produced by Marx and Engels shortly after the publication of the Communist Manifesto. "Marx was asked in the summer of 1851 by Charles Anderson Dana, managing editor of the New York Tribune, to write a series of articles on the German Revolution. Founded in 1842 by Horace Greeley, the Tribune was the most influential paper in the United States at the time. These articles were written by Engels at the request of Marx, who was then busy with his economic studies and felt, besides, that he had not yet attained fluency in English. Engels wrote the articles in Manchester, where he was employed, and sent them on to Marx in London to be edited and dispatched to New York. Thus, although Engels must be rightly considered their author, Marx took a big part in the preparation, for in their almost daily correspondence the chief points were discussed thoroughly between them. The articles appeared under Marx's name, and it was not until much later, when the correspondence between the two life-long collaborators became available, that the true circumstances were revealed. When Marx's daughter, Eleanor, wrote the preface to the 1896 edition she was still under the impression that Marx had written the series" (Publisher's Note to the 1969 edition published in London by Lawrence & Wishart). A scarce title, considerably harder to attain than the first German edition, translated from this present English edition and published the same year.
Stock code: 19753