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V.I. LENIN: FIRST EDITIONS 

 

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chto_delat.jpg (110478 bytes) 1. Lenin, Vladimir Il’ich (N. Lenina). CHTO DIELAT ? NABOLIEVSHIE VOPROSY NASHEGO DVIZHENIIA. Stuttgart : Verlag von J.H.W. Dietz, 1902. 1st edition. Cloth, Small 8vo, 144 pages. 24 cm. In Russian. OCLC lists 5 copies worldwide (Harvard, Yale, Michigan, New York Univ, Wisconsin). Bound in period boards, with light wear, stains, & spine label to boards, Bund stamp on title page, all internal pages clean and tight.$500.00

 

dvie_taktiki.jpg (90716 bytes) 2. Lenin, Vladimir Il’ich (pseud., N. Lenin). DVIE TAKTIKI SOTSIAL’DEMOKRATII V DEMOKRATICHESKOI REVOLIUTSII. Zheneva (i.e. Geneva), Tip. Partii /Izd. TSentral’nago komiteta r. s.-d. r. p., 1905. 1st edition. Cloth, 12mo, viii, 108 pages. 19 cm. In Russian. Two Tactics of Social Democracy in a Democratic Revolution. This is the first issue of an influential essay which was often reprinted later. Published by the Central Committee of the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party in exile in the watershed year of 1905. SUBJECT(S): Socialism -- Russia. OCLC lists 5 copies worldwide (Harvard, Hoover, Yale, Indiana, Columbia). Bound in period boards with light wear, stains, period stamp-sized label on spine & title page, all internal pages clean and tight. $500.00

 

ob_agrarioy.jpg (78485 bytes) 3. Lenin, Vladimir Il’ich (N. Lenina); & Maslov, Petr. OB AGRARNOI PROGRAMMIE [&] OTVIET NA KRITIKU NASHEGO PROEKTA PROGRAMMY. Zheneva (i.e. Geneva), Izd. Ligi russkoi revoliutsionnoi sotsial’demokratii, 1903. 1st edition. Original paper Wrappers, 12mo, 42 pages. 19 cm. In Russian. Published by the Central Committee of the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party in exile. SUBJECT(S): Land tenure -- Soviet Union. Agriculture -- Soviet Union. Peasantry -- Soviet Union. At head of title. "X. Zum Agrarprogramm. Lenin. Antikritik." Rossiiskaia sotsial’demokraticheskaia rabochaia partiia. OCLC lists 2 copies worldwide (Yale & Hoover). No microfilm appears to be available for this work. Wear to covers, "Archiv Bunda" stamp & label on cover, good condition. $700.00

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4. Lenin, Vladimir Il’ich; & Plekhanov, G.V., editors. ISKRA. TSENTRAL’NYI ORGAN ROSSIISKOI SOTSIAL’DEMOKRATICHESKOI RABOCHEI PARTII. Sofia & Geneva, 1900-1905. Newspaper, 42-46 cm. In Russian. A total of 112 issues were published from Dec. 1900- October 1905, first monthly (Dec. 1900-Aug. 1901) and then semimonthly (Sept. 1901 onward). Supplements accompanied nos. 18, 22, 31, 43, 44, 52, 53, 56, 57, 58, 62, 63, 64, 67, 68, 69, 70, 74, 77, 86, 89, 101, 110, and 112. Lenin edited the paper from the beginning until Oct. 1903, when Plekhanov took over the helm, running the paper until its final issue. Important Bolshevik paper. "The chief weapon in this battle [to unite the Socialists against the Liberals and to win workers to the struggle to overthrow Tsarism] was a newspaper which served not merely as a collective propagandist and collective agitator, but also as a collective organizer. Iskra (The Spark) formulated the party programme in an orthodox vein and served as the focus and organizational centre for calling the Second Party Congress....Local response to the first issue of the newspaper, in December 1900, was enthusiastic." In dealing with the major split with the Bund, "Lenin developed the ideas that became the organizing principles first of Iskra [the organization] , then of the Bolsheviks and later the Communist Party. In What is to be Done? (1902), he advocated a centralized organization, run by a small, disciplined groups of highly professional revolutionaries. Between 1901 and 1903, thanks to its regular appearance and reliable delivery to the localities, by its readability and forceful message, and the technical assistance its agents furnished to local groups in the form of passports and literature, Iskra, both the newspaper and the organization, forged an increasing following in Russia....By means of Iskra (The Spark), newspaper and network of agents, Lenin had enough support by summer 1903 to convene the Second Party Congress which, he believed, would expel his critics and create a disciplined party of like-minded professional revolutionaries" (Shukman, ed. Blackwell Encyclopedia Of The Russian Revolution, 1988, pp. 65-66, 339). 1 listing on OCLC mentions "reprint" with no date—this may refer to very early reprints which were done for the use of party members. It is likely that that is what many of these are, as they come from an early 20th Century socialist organization. SUBJECT(S): Socialism -- Russia --Periodicals. Geographic: Russia -- History -- Nicholas II, 1894-1917 -- Periodicals.

All show some edgewear, but are basically good condition on solid, non-acidified paper.

Available are the following:

A. Vol V, 1905, complete (Nrs. 101-112. Jan-Oct.). 1 leaf detached. Includes Suppliments for Nr. 101 &112, but lacking suppliment to Nr. 110. Bound together save for Nr. 107 which is separate. In some ways the most important volume because of its context within the Revolution of 1905. $400.00

B. Assortment of Individual Issues from Vols I-IV: Nrs 8, 11 (tears), 18, Suppliment to 18, 21, 24 (tears), & 56. $200.00

C. Assortment of Individual Issues from Vol. V: 102, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112. $30.00 each