[Fourier, Charles] / Engels, Friedrich (transl.). Der Bankerott. Fragment aus einem Fragmente über den Handel (in: Held's Volksvertreter).

Berlin, F. Reichardt & Co., October/November 1846.

4to. 23-28 pp. (October) and 69-76 pp. (November issue). Bound with 7 issues of "Held's Volksvertreter". Modern red leatherette binding with giltstamped spine-title.


Second printing of the first German translation of any work by Fourier, published in one of the earliest periodicals to advocate the Berlin workers' movement. Slightly abridged from the first publication (under the title "Ein Fragment Fouriers über den Handel") in the "Deutsches Bürgerbuch für 1846", here presumably published by the editor Friedrich Wilhelm Held without Engels' knowledge. The inclusion of this article in his periodical provided important support to the working class among the heavily censored Berlin press.

The present volume comprises the complete run for June to December 1846 of Held's short-lived journal "Der Volksvertreter", each issue including a woodcut title-page and several headpieces.

Pencil notes to pastedown mentioning Engels' article as well as 4 lithographs by Theodor Hosemann. However, illustrations by Hosemann could only be verified in the issues of January and February 1846.

Inner hinges damaged. Occasional light foxing; a few pages slightly wormed and waterstained. Fourier's essay is in fine condition.

Bernstein, Die Geschichte der Berliner Arbeiterbewegung 2-4. Beiträge zur Geschichte der Deutschen Arbeiterbewegung VI, 276. Eberlein 1969.

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