This is a sale of “capital” which will take place in Paris on Tuesday. Letters of Karl Marx to his French publisher and the contract for the first French edition of his seminal work, will be auctionned in Paris, announced on Sunday the auction house Ader Nordmann.

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In a press release, the auction house said that the sale would be a “collection of manuscripts from the French editor of the Capital Karl Marx (1818-1883), including the original contract of the first French edition of this book, the founder of marxism, as well as 23 handwritten letters the author sent to his editor”. The contract is estimated to be between 20,000 and 25,000 euros, while for letters, the estimates range from 2,500 euros to 30,000 euros.

A true historical perspectives

These documents had been preserved by a descendant of Maurice Lachâtre, the French editor of Karl Marx.

The letters of correspondence between Karl Marx and his editor, are estimated to be between 2,500 and 30,000 euros. Ader Nordmann

“The sale of these documents, known only to a few specialists, has made a discovery about the Capital “, according to the expert in manuscripts Thierry Bodin, as quoted by the auction house: they demonstrate that Karl Marx, not satisfied with the translation proposed by its editor, has translated itself to the 1st chapter of his seminal book.

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“These documents provide a true historical perspectives: they clarify the role played by the philosopher in this French edition.

We knew that Marx had been a part of this translation, but not that he had written so much”, have estimated the auctioneers who will conduct the sale, David Nordmann and Xavier Dominique. In addition, one learns from the contract that Marx had chosen Maurice Lachâtre because it was committed to publish his book “in a form and at a price that put the book on the reach of the smallest purses”.