Lenin (Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov). Ob'jasnenie zakona o shtrafakh vzimaemykh srabochikh na fabrikakh i zavodakh [On the law concerning fines extracted from the workers in factories and plants].

Geneva, Tip. "Sojuza Raccki Socialdemokratov", 1897.

12mo. 48 pp. Original printed wrappers bound within later half calf over marbled boards with giltstamped spine-title.


Second edition of Lenin's agitational pamphlet on factory legislation. A simple explanation of the laws and fines imposed on the working class, it is "a brilliant example of how to approach the average worker of that time, and, proceeding from the workers' needs, to lead them step by step to the question of the necessity of political struggle" (Le Blanc). Written in the autumn of 1895, the work was first printed in 3,000 copies in December of that year at the illegal Lahta Press in St Petersburg. In 1897 it was re-issued in Geneva by the League of Russian Social-Democrats Abroad. The brochure circulated widely: according to reports of the Police Department of the years 1895-1905, countless copies were confiscated during searches and arrests in St Petersburg, Kiev, Yaroslavl, Ivanovo-Voznesensk, Kazan, Sormovo, Nizhni Novgorod, Orekhovo-Zuyevo, Saratov, Krasnoyarsk, Perm, and other Russian towns.

Small marginal flaws to title-page; upper right corners slightly creased, otherwise very well preserved.

Lenin, Collected Works II, 29-72. Le Blanc, Lenin and the Revolutionary Party 20. OCLC 1190894021.

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