MARXISM

[ John Bertram Askew, socialist writer and associate of Engels, Trotsky and Lenin. ] Two long parts of Autograph Letters, one signed 'J. B. Askew', on topics including the state of Russia, August Bebel, Karl Kautsky, SDP Congress in Breslau 1895.

Author: 
J. B. Askew [ John Bertram Askew ] (1869-1929), socialist writer, associate of Engels, Trotsky and Lenin [ August Bebel; SPD Party Congress, Breslau 1895 ]
Publication details: 
No details of date, place or recipient. [ Breslau Congress, 1895. ]
£180.00

The two parts, apparently from different letters, are both on bifoliums: the first, numbered '2', is 4pp., 12mo; the second, numbered '5', is 4pp., 16mo. In good condition, lightly aged. The second bifolium signed at end: 'Best Wishes to Mrs C. | Yrs | J B. Askew'. Written in a neat if somewhat eccentric hand. The first bifolium begins: '[…] is very sore. Nothing will be done at the Congress except Bebel [August Bebel (1840-1913), German socialist] will speak and move a resolution to the effect that the Party stands by its present program and tactics.

[ Printed First World War pamphlet. ] Pan-German Socialism (Neo-Marxism).

Author: 
William Stephen Sanders [ The New Age, London ]
Publication details: 
'(Reprinted from "The New Age")'. W. H. Smith & Son, London. [ 1918. ]
£28.00

24pp., 12mo. Stapled. In good condition, with light signs of age. A wartime pamphlet, the latest reference in which is to 'the "demonstration" vote of the Socialist Party in the Reichstag, July, 1918, against the Budget', and thus written between that date and the end of the war. The author's message is summed-up in his conclusion: 'Franz Mehring is right in declaring that the old German Social Democracy is dead.

[ Pamphlets, two inscribed, one with some annotation by him ] "The Silence in Russian Culture"; "John Stuart Mill and the Ends of Life"; "Herder and the Enlightenment"; "Sir Isaiah Berlin Eightieth Birthday Concert"

Author: 
Isaiah Berlin [ James Joll, historian and Soviet spy, Anthony Blunt's Good Samaritan ]
Publication details: 
1957; 1959; 1965; [1989].
£180.00

1. "The Silence in Russian Culture", reprinted from Foreign Affairs (October 1957), pamphlet, printed paper wraps, 24pp., cr. 8vo, edges sunned, good, NOT signed or annotated, but apparently scarce; 2. "John Stuart Mill and the Ends of Life", pamphlet (Robert Waley Cohen Memorial Lecture, 1959), buff printed paper wraps, 34pp, 8vo, front cover INSCRIBED J.J. fm I.B. ]JJ = James Joll, historian, notorious for sheltering the Fourth Man, Sir Anthony Blunt, Soviet spy] "Herder and the Enlightenment", (reprinted from Earl R. Wasserman (ed.), "Aspects of the Eighteenth Century", 1965, pp.45 [inc.

[American Student Protest material, 1970.] Ten leaflets from the aftermath of the Kent State shootings: Labor-Student Coalition for Peace; Militant Labor Forum; Afro-Americans for SWP; The Dominican Students' Revolutionary Front; Workers' League.

Author: 
[Labor-Student Coalition for Peace; Militant Labor Forum; Afro-Americans for SWP; The Dominican Students' Revolutionary Front; Workers' League; Kent State shooting; Vietnam War Protests]
Publication details: 
New York. May 1970.
£320.00

These ten items were produced at the height of the surge of outrage with which the American left greeted the killing of four students by National Guardsmen at Kent State University, Ohio, on 4 May 1970. (As an example of the incident's wider cultural significance, see the song 'Ohio' by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.) Originating from New York, six of the items are dated from the end of the same month, and the other undated items date from the same period. All ten items are single leaves. Eight of them are 8vo, one is 21 x 18cm, and the other 35 x 21cm.

Two Autograph Letters from the historian Thomas Lionel Hodgkin, one (signed 'Thomas') to the poet Sylvia Lynd, the other (unsigned) to her daughter Sigle Lynd, both written in the most effusive terms.

Author: 
Thomas Lionel Hodgkin (1910-1982), Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, British Marxist historian of Africa [Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952), poet; Sigle ('Sheila') Lynd [later Wheeler] (1910-1976)]
Publication details: 
Both letters on letterhead of 20 Bradmore Road, Oxford. Letter to Sylvia Lynd: 16 December 1930. Letter to Sigle Lynd: 19 July 1930.
£120.00

Both items in very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Both letters are written in an excited, gushing style, and have the margins filled with extra text. Letter to Sylvia Lynd: 2pp., 4to. Addressed to 'Dear Mrs Lynd'.

[Printed pamphlet.] Empire "Socialism" By R. Palme Dutt.

Author: 
R. Palme Dutt [with foreword by 'T. B.', i.e. Thomas Bell (1882-1944), representative of the Communist Party of Great Britain to the Comintern's Executive Committee]
Publication details: 
Published by the Communist Party of Great Britain, 16 King Street, Covent Garden, WC2. ['Printed by Centropress Limited (T.U. Throughout) 168, Camberwell Road, London S.E.5.'] February 1925.
£120.00

20pp, 12mo. Stapled. In red printed wraps, with cartoon on cover showing giant worker sweeping away miniature capitalists. In fair condition: lightly-aged and with central vertical fold. Scarce: the only copies on COPAC at the British Library and Warwick University.

Four Typed Letters Signed and two Autograph Cards Signed from the Hampstead poet Frederick Grubb (one in full, four 'Fredk G' and one 'Comrade G') to the critic Derek Stanford, including a virulent attack, and with two other items signed by Grubb.

Author: 
Fred Grubb [Frederick Grubb] (born 1930), English poet [Derek Stanford (1918-2008), English writer; 1960s Hampstead coterie]
Fred Grubb [Frederick Grubb] (born 1930), English poet
Publication details: 
1973 and 1974; most from 243 Haverstock Hill, Hampstead.
£320.00
Fred Grubb [Frederick Grubb] (born 1930), English poet

All items clear and complete, on aged paper. Letters totaling: 4to, 1 p; landscape 8vo, 5 pp. The two cards carry long messages, written in red ink in Grubb's close, neat hand; one is standard size, the other 27 x 13.5 cm. Five envelopes are stapled to their letters. Grubb ('one of the last survivors of the famous 1960s Hampstead coterie of writers, actors and critics') writes entertainingly in an emphatic, energetic manner marvellously evocative of the 1970s London literary scene.

Four printed leaflets relating to the English League for the Taxation of Land Values.

Author: 
The English League for the Taxation of Land Values [Frederick Verinder (1858-1948), General Secretary]
Publication details: 
All circa 1903. All 'Printed by Page & Pratt, Ltd., 22 St Andrew St., E.C.' [London].
£250.00

All four items clear and complete, on aged paper with wear to the extremities of item one. Item One: 'Leaflet No. 1. English League for the Taxation of Land Values. Statement of Principles.' 12mo, 4 pp, on unbound bifolium. Headings include 'Objects of the League', 'Meaning of Land Values', 'The Taxation of Land Values would be just', 'The Taxation of Land Values would promote general prosperity and remove social evils'. Item Two: '[...] No. 3. The Taxation of Land Values: What it would do. 12mo leaflet, 2 pp.

Die Internationale.

Author: 
Rosa Luxemburg and Franz Mehring
Publication details: 
Munich: Futurus-Verlag[; circa 1920?].
£20.00

8vo. 95 pages. In poor condition: high-acidity paper browning and fraying at extremities (but with no loss to text), staples rusting, signatures separating, original printed grey wraps laid down onto nonce card dustwrapper. A reprint of the only issue of a journal that was suppressed by government censorship on its appearance in April 1915. No copy of this issue in the British Library.

Die Klassengegensätze von 1789 Zum hundertjährigen Gedenktag der grossen Revolution.

Author: 
Karl Kautsky
Publication details: 
1889; Stuttgart: J. H. W. Dietz.
£150.00

One of the best-known theoreticians of the Second International (1854-1938). Subtitled 'Separat-Abdruck aus der "Neuen Zeit", Heft 1-4, 1889.' 79 pages, 8vo. In original grey printed wraps. Paper browning and with some fraying to corners of prelims, but good and tight with last gathering unopened. Wraps discoloured, with some wear and loss. Rear wrap, with publishers advertisements on outside, loose.

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