The Condition of The Working Class in England in 1844. With Appendix Written in 1886, and Preface in 1887, by Frederick Engels. Translated by Florence Kelley Wischnewetzky.
The Condition of The Working Class in England in 1844. With Appendix Written in 1886, and Preface in 1887, by Frederick Engels. Translated by Florence Kelley Wischnewetzky.
First English Edition of Engels’ First Book

The Condition of The Working Class in England in 1844. With Appendix Written in 1886, and Preface in 1887, by Frederick Engels. Translated by Florence Kelley Wischnewetzky.

New York: John W. Lovell Company, [1887]. First English edition. In publisher’s brown cloth, with gilt title and gilt rules on spine. Bevelled boards. Top edge gilt. (4), (I)–VI, (3)-199, (1), (I)–IX, (I)–II, (1) p. Spine slightly rubbed at the head and the tail. New endpapers. Mounted bookplate (Liebetrau) on front endpaper, embossed collection stamp on the title page and page IX. Pages moderately yellowed due to acidic paper. First few quires artistically restored at the gutter, with no effect on print space. Several leaves with tiny, few millimetres artistic restoration at the margins. Last leaf with a small damage to the lower corner. Overall in fine condition.

Extremely scarce, first English edition of Friedrich Engels’ first book, Die Lage der arbeitenden Klasse in England, preceded the UK edition by a year.

In his 1845 book, Engels’ (1820–1895) reports on the horrible conditions of the working class in Victorian England, which he observed while living in Manchester, then at the heart of the industrial revolution, between 1842–1845. While giving a detailed description of the daily life of miners and agricultural workers in the new industrial towns, the book contains many of Engels’ important and ground-breaking early thoughts on capitalism and socialism. His work was translated to English by the American social and political reformer, Florence Kelley (1859–1932) and was published first in the present edition, with Engels’ preface, which brought the story up to date in the light of forty years' further reflection.

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