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Verslag van de Gebeurtnissen voorgevallen te Amsterdam op 24 Maart 1848, en kort overzigt van het regtsgeding daarop gevolgd. [Dutch, i.e.: Account of the Events that Occurred in Amsterdam on 24 March 1848, and a Brief Overview of the Justice Proceedings that Followed thereof]. [Containing quotation from and summaries of section I and II of The Communist Manifesto].
Amsterdam, G.J.A. Beijerinck, 1848. 8vo. Uncut in the original printed green wrappers. Backstrip and back wrapper renewed, matching the front wrapper. Wrapper with nicks and losses to extremities, far from affecting printing, but the lack of the upper right corner affects the presentation-inscription. A bit occasional brownspotting. IV, 75 pp.. Extremely scarce first edition of the seminal publication that constitutes the very first printing of any part of the Communist Manifest, apart from the original German of 1848, and the very first summary of any part of the Communist Manifesto to appear in any language. With a PRESENTATION-INSCRIPTION from Ploos van Amstel on the front wrapper to S.H. van Lenn(ep?). The present publication constitutes a report on the proceedings of a case against the three leaders of the Association of Workers' Education in Amsterdam, by the two defense attorneys Ploos van Amstel and P.M. Nolthenius. In the introduction they call the Manifest "An inciting pamphlet, [which] with an incredible cynicism, reveals the most outrageous intentions". On page 3 of the present publication they furthermore quote (in German) the first paragraph of section I: "Die geschichte aller bisherigen Gesellschaft ist die Geschichte von "Klassenkämpfen." " - being the first printed quotation ever of this seminal sentence - and they provide a summary of sections I and II, together with the full reproduction of the ten claims at the end of section II. According to Andréas, this summary "is objective, except for the parts that concern marriage, family, and home, because they claim that the Manifest calls for abolition of these institutions" (p. 18). In the beginning of March 1848, the Association of Workers' Education in Amsterdam, the "Vereenigung tot zedelijke beschaving van de arbeidende klasse", founded in 1847, had received from London 100 copies of Marx and Engels' just published "Communist Manifesto". (See note 1 below).Inspired by the groundbreaking pamphlet that they had received, on March 24th, the Association organized a meeting of workers and artisans in order to discuss their conditions. Thousands of people were present. At the same time of the meeting, looting took place very close to the big square where they assembled. Although there was no evidence linking the ransacking to the meeting, the police used the looting as an excuse to disperse of the meeting and to arrest those in charge. The leaders of the Association, Karl Hanke, Christian Gödeke, and Gottlieb Martin, were thus arrested and brought before the Tribunal on June 6th, together with the looters. Even though the verdict for that of which they were accused should have been the death penalty (see note 2 below), all three of them were acquitted on June 24th., after which the defending attorneys published the present pamphlet, describing the trial proceedings as well as the contents of that most controversial publication that had come over from England and caused such uproar. (See note 3 below).On June 26th, Gödeke invited those interested to come and see for themselves the publication that had been discussed on March 24th (i.e. the Communist Manifesto). Although the preface of the first edition of the Communist Manifesto states that it has been translated into several different languages (English, French, Italian, Dutch, Danish) which should all have appeared the same year, none of them actually did. Not a single copy of any of these alleged translations has ever appeared and it is evident that, although some of them had been prepared as early as 1848, they only came out years later (the first of them being the English, 1850). According to the Communist Manifesto bibliography (Andréas), the present publication contains the very first recorded printing of any mention in any form and in any language of the Communist Manifesto - excluding, of course, the first printing of the text earlier the same year. NOTE 1: p. 9 in the present pamplet: "Zoo had het genootschap van Gödeke door de betrekking van een paar leden onlangs 100 exemplaren van eene brochure uit London ontlangen; dit was een geschenk van eene vereeniging aldaar die overall proselyten zoekt te maken, en het manifest der communisten in alle talen overgebragt, zoo veel mogelijk verspreidt. Dit schandschrift zoude hier ongetwijfeld eene strekking ontwikkeld hebben, die slechts bij een paar leden maar geenszins bij het geheele genootschap bestond, integendeel, Gödeke zelve verklaarde mij dit manifest ten sterkste af te keuren. Dit werkje dat tot titel heeft: "Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei", legt de schandelijkste bedoelingen bloot meet én ongehoord cynismus, en velen zal het misschien aangenaam wezen, door eene losse schets met de strekking van dit manifest bekend te raken....".TRANSLATION: So the Society of Gödeke, due to the contacts of a few of its members, had recently received 100 copies of a pamphlet from London; This was a gift from an association there that was looking to make converts everywhere, and to transfer the manifesto of the communists into all languages, so as to spread it as widely as possible. This pamphlet would have undoubtedly developed a tendency among a few members here, but by no means would it have extended to the whole society, on the contrary, Gödeke himself explained to me that the manifest had to be strongly censored. This work which has the following title: "Manifesto of the Communist Party" exposes the outrageous intentions with an unheard cynicism and many might perhaps be pleased to become acquainted with a loose sketch of the intention of this manifesto..."NOTE 2: p. 41 in the present pamphlet: "Dat C. HANKE, C. GÖdeke en G. Martin zullen worden veroordeeld tot de straf DES DOODS, openlijk op een schavot binnen de stad Amsterdam uit the voeren, door het ophangen aan eene galg, date er de dood na volge."TRANSLATION: "C. HANKE, C. GÖdeke, and G. Martin should have been sentenced to a the death penalty, publically displayed on a scaffold in the city of Amsterdam, put in the gallows, with death to follow."NOTE 3: p. 9 in the present pamphlet (that following note 1 above): "Het geheel zal zich in de volgende hoofddenkbeelden resumeren:Ten all tijde bestond in de maatschappij een onophoudelijke strijd tusschen verschillende standen. Oudtijds vond men Patriciër en Plebejer, Leenheer en Vassaal, Baanderheer en Lijfeigene enz., welke tegenover elkander stonden, maar later vervielen deze langzamerhand en tevens ook de menigvuldige onderdeelen, daar slechts de twee volgende overbleven welke thans bestaan:BURGER .... en HUURLING" (p. 9).TRANSLATION: The whole can be summarized in the following main ideas:At all times in society there has been a ceaseless struggle between different positions. Previously it was found between patrician and plebeian, feudal lord and feudatory, bannerlord and serf, etc., who were opposed, but later these declined gradually, as did the manifold parts thereunder, there remained only the two following which still exist: CITIZEN .... and MERCENARYSee: Thomas Kuczynski: Das Kommunistische Manifest (Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei) von Karl Marx und Friedrich Engels. Von der Erstausgabe zur Leseausgabe. Mit einen Editionsbericht. 1995. p. 77, n. 166.Bert Andréas: Le Manifeste Communiste de Marx et Engels. Histoire et Bibliographie 1848-1918. 1963Andréas: nr. 12 (nrs. 1+2 being the original German edition, 1848, nrs. 3-11 being the above mentioned alleged translations that never appeared). Apart from a few copies in Dutch libraries, OCLC records merely two copies worldwide, both in the British Library
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