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Programma i obiavlenie o vozobnovlenii izdanii gruppy “Osvobozhdenie truda” [A program and announcement about the renewal of the publications of the “Emancipation of Labor” group].

Geneva: Izdanie G. A. Kuklina, 1903. Octavo (17 × 11 cm). Original printed staple-stitched wrappers; 14, [4] pp. Publisher’s catalog to wrappers and one leaf. Hoover Institute duplicate stamp to wrapper. Wrapper lightly discolored; wrapper edges chipped; some underlining in pencil throughout, still good or better.

A pamphlet about the renewed activity of the “Emancipation of Labor” group, the first Russian Marxist group founded in 1883 by Russian political exiles living in Geneva. The former “Narodniks” turned Marxists Pavel Akselrod and Georgi Plekhanov were among the founding members of the group, whose early mission was to translate the works of Marx and Engels into Russian. The group also developed close ties with the European and Russian Social Democratic Labor Parties (RSDRP), and this pamphlet contains the program of the RSDRP drafted in 1885. The rear wrapper and additional leaf advertise a variety of publications of RSDRP, including the journals “Zizn” and Listki “Zizni” as well as the locations (all over Europe) where these and other Marxist publications could be purchased in Russian. With the stamp of the “B. I. Nicolaevsky Collection” to front wrapper and title page. Boris Nicolaevsky (1887-1966) was a Russian revolutionary (Menshevik) who lived in emigration starting in 1922. He amassed an important collection on the history of the revolutionary movement in Russia and sold the collection to the Hoover institution in 1963. Scarce in the trade.

Book ID: P6530

Price: $150.00