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Lot #    17119
Auction End Date    1/23/2007 12:59:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Die Frau und der Sozialismus
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    [First Ed.] August Ferdinand Bebel, B. Feigenbaum
City    New York
Publisher    Forward
Publication Date    1911
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First Yiddish edition. Frontispiece, XXXVII, [1], 4-773 pp., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy loose in the original cloth boards, split and rubbed.
   August Ferdinand Bebel (February 22, 1840 August 13, 1913) was a German social democrat and one of the founders of the Social Democratic Party of Germany. Bebel was born in Deutz, near Cologne; he founded the Sächsische Volkspartei ("Saxon People's Party") in 1867 together with Wilhelm Liebknecht, and the SDAP (Sozialdemokratische Arbeiterpartei, Social Democratic Workers' Party of Germany) in 1869, which merged with the ADAV (Allgemeiner Deutscher Arbeiterverein, "General German Workers' Association") in 1875 to form the SAPD (Sozialistische Arbeiterpartei Deutschlands, "Socialist Workers' Party of Germany"), which renamed itself SPD in 1890.

In 1872, Bebel was convicted in a political lawsuit, the so-called Leipziger Hochverratsprozess, and sentenced to two years in Festungshaft ("imprisonment in a fortress", a variant of a jail sentence that was not considered dishonouring), which he spent at the famous Königstein Fortress. Later in his life, he acted as chairman of the SPD and member of the Reichstag. Bebel's book, Women and Socialism was translated into English by Daniel DeLeon of the Socialist Labor Party of America as Woman under Socialism. It figured prominently in the Connolly-DeLeon controversy after James Connolly, then a member of the SLP, denounced it as "a lewd book" subversive of traditional values.

After living in Berlin-Schöneberg for many years, where a commemorative plaque commemorates him at Hauptstraße 97; he died on March 18, 1913 during a visit to a sanatorium in Switzerland and was buried in Zürich.

His basic laws of a socialist society are: Enlistment of all able-bodied people, irrespective of sex, to work; Abolition of Private Ownership of Land; Withering Away of the State (utopia).

Some famous quotes include: "The masses demand that something be donetoday;" "Anti-Semitism is the socialism of fools;" "Christianity is the enemy of liberty and civilization."

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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
America-South America:    Checked
Other:    Women
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Yiddish
Manuscript Type
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