[Diskussionny Listok. No. 1–3.] Дискуссионный листок. Приложене къ центральному Органу “Соціальдемократ”. No. 1[–3.] 6/19 марта 1910[–29/12 мая 1911]. [Complete Set of Three Issues.]. Vladimir Ilyich Lenin.
[Diskussionny Listok. No. 1–3.] Дискуссионный листок. Приложене къ центральному Органу “Соціальдемократ”. No. 1[–3.] 6/19 марта 1910[–29/12 мая 1911]. [Complete Set of Three Issues.]
[Diskussionny Listok. No. 1–3.] Дискуссионный листок. Приложене къ центральному Органу “Соціальдемократ”. No. 1[–3.] 6/19 марта 1910[–29/12 мая 1911]. [Complete Set of Three Issues.]
Lenin First Editions - Bulletin of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party

[Diskussionny Listok. No. 1–3.] Дискуссионный листок. Приложене къ центральному Органу “Соціальдемократ”. No. 1[–3.] 6/19 марта 1910[–29/12 мая 1911]. [Complete Set of Three Issues.]

Paris: Rossiyskaya sotsial-demokraticheskaya rabochaya partiya, 1910 (March)–1911 (June). First edition. Complete run. Text in Russian. 8; 30, (2) [blank]; 26 p. All issues with the stamp of the Bund on the front page. All issues unopened, folded once. Issue 1 yellowed due to acidic paper and moderately chipped at the extremities. With two small tears to the edge, not affecting the readability. Issue 2 with light foxing to the rear, blank page. Some page of issue 3 slightly chipped. Overall all issues are in fine condition.

Scarce, complete set of all three issues of Diskussionny Listok, the bulletin of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party published in Paris in 1910–1911. With three articles by Lenin published here first.

The first two issues of the newspaper, published on March 19 (March 6 O.S.) and June 7 (May 25 O.S.), 1910, contains the first edition of Lenin’s important article, Notes of a Publicist.

In the first part of the article, published in the first issue of the bulletin, he discusses his views on the unity of the Party. In his writing, he also criticises the party's minority, including writer Maxim Gorky who later brought Lenin to book for his article. Lenin replied Gorky in a private letter, sent from Paris in April 1910: “Did I criticise you, and where? It must have been in Diskussionny Listok No. 1. I am sending you a copy. If this is not what your informants had in mind, then I don’t remember anything else at the moment. I wrote nothing else during that period.” (Lenin, 1974. Vol. 34. p 419.)

In the final part of Notes of a Publicist, which appeared in the second issue of Diskussionny Listok, Lenin continues his discussion about the unification of the Russian socialist democrats and polemics against Leon Trotsky and the Bund.

The third issue of the bulletin, published on May 12, (April 29 O.S.) 1911, includes the first edition of The Historical Meaning of the Inner-Party Struggle in Russia, Lenin’s response to the calumnious articles of Trotsky and Martov published in the magazine Neue Zeit, the organ of the German Social-Democrats. Lenin originally intended to answer Trotsky and Martov in the same magazine, but the editors Karl Kautsky and Emanuel Wurm rejected to publish his article.

This third issue also contains A Conversation Between a Legalist and an Opponent of Liquidationism, Lenin’s article in which he attempted to convince Nikolai Aleksandrovich Rozhkov about the incorrectness of his liquidationist plan for the creation of a legal labour party under the Stolypin regime.

Diskussionny Listok (Discussion Bulletin) was an important journal of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party (RSDLP), launched in accordance with the decision taken by the January 1910 Plenary Meeting of the Central Committee of the party. Its editorial board included the representatives of the Bolsheviks, Mensheviks, Bundists, and Plekhanovites as well as of Polish and Latvian Social-Democratic organisations. It was published irregularly in Paris from March 19 (March 6 O.S.), 1910 to May 12, (April 29 O.S.) 1911 as a supplement to Sotsial-Demokrat, the Central Organ of RSDLP.

Provenance: stamp of “Archiv Bunda” (in Russian) on the front page of all issues.

The Bund, the General Union of Jewish Workers in Lithuania, Poland and Russia was found in 1897 by a group of secular, Marxist Jews in Vilna with the aim to unite the Eastern European Jewish workers into a socialist party and to attract them to the Russian revolutionary movement.

Bibl.: Lenin Collected Works. Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1974, Vol. 16, pp. 195–259. and Vol. 34, pp. 419–422.

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