Skip to content

Biblio logo: Used, Rare and Collectible Books for Sale

CAPITAL: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production. by  Karl: MARX - First edition in English - from Lucius Books (SKU: 18268)

CAPITAL: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production.

Click for full-size.

CAPITAL: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production.

by MARX, Karl:

  • Used
  • hardcover
  • First
See description
Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
York, North Yorkshire
Item Price
Or just £37,475.00 with a
Bibliophiles Club Membership
£24.95 Shipping to USA
Standard delivery: 14 to 21 days

More Shipping Options
Ask Seller a Question

Payment Methods Accepted

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • PayPal

About This Item

London: Swan Sonnenschein, Lowrey, & Co. 1887. First edition in English. First edition in English. 8vo. Two volumes. Original publisher's brown cloth with titles in gilt to the spines. A fine, unread copy with pages uncut after p.24 in volume one and uncut throughout in volume two. The bindings firm and bright with just a little rubbing to the extremities. The contents, with a previous owner's ink name to the half-titles, a one-inch chip to the half-title of volume one (mis-cut and retained) and a minor moisture mark to the top edge, extending slightly to the fore-edge and to the top margin of the first and last few pages, are otherwise in excellent order and clean throughout. Housed in a bespoke quarter morocco solander case. Rare in such remarkably fine original condition.� The first appearance of Marx's seminal work in materialist philosophy, economics and politics in the language of the country in which it was written. One of only 300 copies issued in Britain, with the remaining 200 copies of the edition sold in America. "Marx himself modestly described Das Kapital as a continuation of his Zur Kritik de politischen Oekonomie, 1859. It was in fact the summation of his quarter of a century's economic studies, mostly in the Reading Room of the British Museum. The Athenaeum reviewer of the first English translation (1887) later wrote: 'Under the guise of a critical analysis of capital, Karl Marx's work is principally a polemic against capitalists and the capitalist mode of production, and it is this polemical tone which is its chief charm'. The historical-polemical passages, with their formidable documentation from British official sources, have remained memorable; and, as Marx (a chronic furunculosis victim) wrote to Engels while the volume was still in the press, 'I hope the bourgeoisie will remember my carbuncles all the rest of their lives'." (Printing and the Mind of Man). The translation into English was carried out under the editorship of Friedrich Engels by Samuel Moore and Edward Aveling. Aveling was married to Marx's youngest daughter Eleanor, who in reality did a great deal of the work, as is credited in Engels' preface. In a letter of 10th March 1887 written to another of Marx's daughters, Laura Lafargue, Engels notes that the first English edition of Capital, comprising of 500 copies, had almost sold through and that "nearly half the edition, as far as I can calculate, has gone to America". The royalty statement Engels received at the end of 1887 from Sonnenschein confirms this, with 200 copies marked as sold in America, and of the 300 remaining copies issued in England 224 had sold, with the remainder given gratis to the press, the Marx family and Engels. As one of his biographers writes, "The history of the twentieth century is Marx's legacy. Stalin, Mao, Che, Castro - the icons and monsters of the modern age have all presented themselves as his heirs. Whether he would recognise them as such is quite another matter. Nevertheless, within one hundred years of his death half the world's population was ruled by governments that professed Marxism to be their guiding faith. His ideas have transformed the study of economics, history, geography, sociology and literature. Not since Jesus Christ has an obscure pauper inspired such global devotion, nor been so calamitously misinterpreted" (Francis Wheen, Karl Marx, 1999). A truly exceptional set of one of the most influential works of the modern age. (PMM, 339). Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.


A classic of early modernism, Capital combines vivid historical detail with economic analysis to produce a bitter denunciation of mid-Victorian capitalist society. It has also proved to be the most influential work in social science in the twentieth century; Marx did for social science what Darwin had done for biology. Millions of readers this century have treated Capital as a sacred text, subjecting it to as many different interpretations as the bible itself. No mere work of dry economics, Marx's great work depicts the unfolding of industrial capitalism as a tragic drama - with a message which has lost none of its relevance today. 


Review this book and you’ll be entered for a chance to win !

(Log in or Create an Account first!)

You’re rating the book as a work, not the seller or the specific copy you purchased!


Lucius Books GB (GB)
Bookseller's Inventory #
CAPITAL: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production.
MARX, Karl:
Book condition
First edition in English
London: Swan Sonnenschein, Lowrey, & Co. 1887

Terms of Sale

Lucius Books

30 day return guarantee, with full refund including original shipping costs for up to 30 days after delivery if an item arrives misdescribed or damaged.

About the Seller

Lucius Books

Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers. member since 2015
York, North Yorkshire
Ask Seller a Question

About Lucius Books

Our shop is located in central York within a stones throw of the historic Micklegate Bar and walls. We are open seven days a week and carry a high quality stock specialising in but not limited to first editions, signed copies, bound sets and childrens / illustrated books and original art. Our opening times are 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and 11am to 4pm on Sundays.Lucius Books is proud to be a full member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) trade associations. If you are unable to make it to the shop then our stock is available to view on our website at


Some terminology that may be used in this description includes:

Book(s) which are sold at a very deep discount to alleviate publisher overstock. Often, though not always, they have a remainder... [More]
The decorative application of gold or gold coloring to a portion of a book on the spine, edges of the text block, or an inlay in... [More]
Abrasion or wear to the surface. Usually used in reference to a book's boards or dust-jacket.
"Cloth-bound" generally refers to a hardcover book with cloth covering the outside of the book covers. The cloth is stretched... [More]
Morocco is a style of leather book binding that is usually made with goatskin, as it is durable and easy to dye. (see also... [More]
A book in fine condition exhibits no flaws. A fine condition book closely approaches As New condition, but may lack the... [More]
First Edition
In book collecting, the first edition is the earliest published form of a book. A book may have more than one first edition in... [More]

Frequently asked questions

This Book’s Categories