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    The Rare First Edition of V. I. Lenin's First Book

    Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov ["Lenin"]. Razvitie Kapitalizma v Rossi [The Development of Capitalism in Russia - the Process of the Formation of the Internal Market for Large-Scale Industry]. St. Petersburg: A. Leifert, 1899. First edition of Lenin's first book, one of 2,400 copies. Octavo. [2, blank], ix, [1,blank], iv, 480, viii, [1, blank], [1, errata], [1, blank] pages. With a fold-out table and two plates (one fold-out) inserted throughout. Bound in contemporary Russian quarter black morocco over red cloth boards. Binding quite worn, some chipping at spine, remnants of later paper label on spine, neat cloth tape repairs to title-page and the following leaf at gutters, some toning, soiling and foxing to text, some soiling, wear to plates and table. Still, a very good example of this scarce item. Now housed in full red morocco clamshell case.

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    Lenin (1870-1924) researched and wrote this book while either in prison or in exile for his political views. It sold quite well, being widely circulated to the intelligentsia (including radical students and workers). This book was published three years before he wrote the groundbreaking book of the Bolshevist movement ("What Is to be Done" [translated from the Russian], 1902, PMM 392).

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