First Polish Edition

Marx, Karl. Kapital. Krytyka ekonomii politycznej. Tom pierwszy.

Lipsk (Leipzig), E. L. Kasprowicz, 1884[-1889].

Tall 4to (186 x 276 mm). VII, (1), 325, (1) pp. Modern marbled half calf with giltstamped title to spine. Marbled endpapers.


Very rare first Polish edition of "Das Kapital": the first Polish translation of Marx's revolutionary magnum opus, clandestinely printed in Germany (by Gustaf Uszman in Weimar) and then smuggled into Poland. The publication of the first Polish translation not only came to influence Polish politics and economics, but also marked an important watershed in Polish socialism and constitutes one of the earliest printings within organized Polish Marxism.

A few edge tears to the title-page professionally repaired; old Polish library stamps (deaccessioned) on verso. Only two copies recorded in libraries via OCLC: in the National Library of Poland (Biblioteka Narodowa) in Warsaw and at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam.


Estreicher (1881-1900) III, 130. OCLC 750556887. Not in Marx-Engels Erstdrucke. Cf. PMM 359.