First American edition

Marx, Karl. Capital: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production. Edited by Friedrich Engels.

New York & London, Appleton & Co. / Swan Sonnenschein & Co., 1889.

8vo. XXXI, (1), 816 pp. Publisher's ochre cloth with giltstamped spine title.


The first American edition (second issue): a stereotyped re-issue by Appleton, with new title page, of the 1887 first English edition, translated from the 1883 third German edition by Samuel Moore and Marx's son-in-law, Edward Aveling, with new editorial revisions by Engels. The posthumous second (1885) and third volume (1894) of "Das Kapital" would not appear in English until Kerr's 1906-1909 edition.

Cloth shows slight chafing to extremeties; a few pages buckled at fore-edge. Ownership of the contemporary American woodworker and labour activist John Shpis from Denver, Colorado, stamped above Editor's Preface and at the end of the text.


Adams, Radical Literature in America, p. 53. Cf. Marx-Engels Erstdrucke 33 (1887 ed.). PMM 359.

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