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Reports of the Subversive Activities Control Board, Volume 1

By [SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES CONTROL BOARD]

Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1966. Hardcover. Octavo (23cm). Tan cloth boards; 820pp. Straight and tight, with text clean and unmarked; Near Fine. First volume of cumulative reports of the SACB; includes reports on the Board's investigations of the CPUSA, the Labor Youth League, the International Workers Order, the National Council of American-Soviet Friendship, the Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee Committee, the Civil Rights Congress and the Jefferson School of Social Science.

$75.00

Our Master's Voice: Advertising [Signed & Dated]

By RORTY, James

New York: John Day Company, [1934]. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo (20.5cm.); publisher's cloth in pale yellow pictorial dust jacket, yellow topstain; x,394pp. Jacket rather toned, especially along spine, spine crown chipped, verso reinforced with contemporary brown kraft tape, cloth spine gilt starting to fleck, else Near Fine in an About Very Good copy of the scarce jacket. Signed and dated November, 1938, by the author on half title. Attack on the advertising industry and the creation of "mob opinion," by a founding editor of the Marxist magazine "The New Masses."

$150.00

Pla de la Victòria: P.S.U. / U.G.T.
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Pla de la Victòria: P.S.U. / U.G.T.

By [SPANISH CIVIL WAR] PARTIT SOCIALISTA UNIFICAT DE CATALUNYA / UNIÓ GENERAL DE TREBELLADORS

[Barcelona: P.S.U. / U.G.T., n.d. but ca. 1937. First Edition. Paperback. Promotional handbill issued at the height of the Spanish Civil War delineating the platform of the short-lived Unified Socialist Party of Catalonia, the Catalan referent of the Communist Party of Spain, and its workers' union. The lovely photo-montaged upper panel depicts both military scenes, agricultural activities, and, at the fore-front, a young woman working on a piece of heavy machinery. Text entirely in Catalan. UCSD only in North American according to OCLC (February, 2019). Octavo (21cm.); bifolium printed on newsprint, photo-montaged upper panel. A hint of wear and toning, else Near Fine.

$150.00

Young Voices in Soviet Literature: One of a series of research papers on subjects of interest to youth and students
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Young Voices in Soviet Literature: One of a series of research papers on subjects of interest to youth and students

By [WOMEN] [STEINEM, Gloria] INDEPENDENT SERVICE FOR INFORMATION ON THE VIENNA YOUTH FESTIVAL

Cambridge: Independent Service for Information on the Vienna Youth Festival, 1959. First Edition. Paperback. Having struggled to find work in New York City, 25-year-old Gloria Steinem moved to Cambridge in 1959 to assume the position of co-director of the anti-Communist program the Independent Service for Information on the Vienna Youth Festival. The Service, masquerading as a private enterprise whose aim was to send democracy- and capitalism-loving American youth to the communist-run Festival, was funded by an anonymous donor later revealed to be the CIA (though Steinem would have been aware of this from the start). The present pamphlet was issued a month before the Festival began, and provides a detailed critique of the quality of Soviet literature: "The trouble with Soviet literature, as Ilya Ehrenburg sees it, is that Soviet writers say things they do not believe" (p. 5). 12mo (15cm.); publisher's blue printed staplebound card wrappers; 84pp. Wrappers a bit toned, else Very Good or better.

$150.00

Here's Why Highlander Fights for Democracy in the South
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Here's Why Highlander Fights for Democracy in the South

By [LABOR] [HIGHLANDER FOLK SCHOOL]

Monteagle, TN: Highlander Folk School, [1944]. Paperback. Promotional brochure for the Highlander Folk School in Monteagle, TN, detailing their history and work in the South. Founded by Don West and Myles Horton in 1932 as a training facility for southern labor union organizers, Highlander ran a school to train union workers to become better community leaders, established educational programs, distributed print resources, organized a cooperative, and kept alive the folk-singing and folk-dancing traditions of the Appalachian region. The rear wrapper solicits donations to the school, citing endorsements by Eleanor Roosevelt, Carey McWilliams, Frank Graham, and Senator Elbert D. Thomas. A scarce, early piece of wartime ephemera; not found in OCLC. Bifoilum (28cm); photo-illustrated wrappers; [4]pp. Two hold horizontal folds smoothed out, short tear to left edge of rear wrapper, else Near Fine.

$125.00

Not Guilty: Report of the Commission of Inquiry Into the Charges Made Against Leon Trotsky in the Moscow Trials
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Not Guilty: Report of the Commission of Inquiry Into the Charges Made Against Leon Trotsky in the Moscow Trials

By [COMMUNISTS] DEWEY, John et al.

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1938. First Edition. Paperback. The second volume issued by the Dewey Commission, an independent tribunal of left-leaning intellectuals assembled to investigate the Comintern's accusations against Trotsky and his faction, the first volume being "The Case of Leon Trotsky" (1937). Wrapper issue. Octavo (21cm.); publisher's dark red card wrappers; xv,[1],422pp. Some shelf wear and surface scratches mid-spine, light dust-soil, else Very Good and sound.

$75.00

Se si fa la Rivoluzione in Italia si morrà di fame
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Se si fa la Rivoluzione in Italia si morrà di fame

By [COMMUNISM - ITALIAN-AMERICANS] "EMME" (pseud)

New York: Libreria Rossa, N.d. [ca 1919?]. First Edition. Pamphlet. Communist tract, issued shortly after the Russian revolution, calling for an immediate proletarian revolution in Italy, with socialization of industry and agriculture; closure of borders (to prevent the flight of the bourgeoisie); and the "management of the new society through a free arrangement of persons and competent groups" ("...persone e di gruppi competenti interessati all soluzione di ogni singolo problema tecnico e sociale"). The pseudonym "Emme" is unknown to us; nor is it certain from which "Libreria Rossa" this pamphlet originated - "libreria rossa" ("red bookshop") being a common enough appelation among Italian-American radical booksellers of all political stripes during this period. One copy only in OCLC; not seen in commerce; not in Periconi. 12mo (18cm). Staple-bound pamphlet; printed thick paper wrappers; 24pp. Slight aging; mild creasing to spine; Very Good. Text entirely in Italian.

$150.00

Socialism
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Socialism

By [SOCIALISM] HITCHCOCK, Roswell D.

New York: Anson D.F. Randolph & Company, 1879. First Edition. Hardcover. Virulently anti-socialist and -communist piece by the Congregationalist clergyman, arguing that "To-day there is not in our language, nor in any language, a more hateful word than Communism...it meant, and still means, wages without work, arson, assassination, anarchy" (p. 24). An anonymously published response, "A Reply to Roswell D. Hitchcock, D.D., on Socialism," would be published the same year. Neither title appears in Egbert. 12mo (19cm.); publisher's light blue-grey decorative cloth embossed in black and gilt, blue floral endpapers; 111pp. Extremities a bit worn with brief loss of cloth at spine ends, corners bumped, light soil, spine a bit cocked, else Good to Very Good overall.

$75.00

Some of the Causes of Communism
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Some of the Causes of Communism

By "AVERAGE CITIZEN" [pseud. Francis B. Thurber?]

New York, 1879. First Edition. Paperback. Definition of communism as simply the "well grounded [sic] dissatisfaction of the 'Average Citizen,'" issued seven years after "The Communist Manifesto" first appeared in the United States, serialized in "Woodhull and Claflin's Weekly," though still several years before the Manifesto would appear in a separate American edition (1883). Pamphlet attributed to one Francis B. Thurber, an oil wholesaler, and the majority of his text is a virulent critique of Standard Oil. (For more information see Roger M. and Diana Davids Olien, "Oil and Ideology" (2000), p. 65.) OCLC locates four physical copies as of January, 2019, at New York Historical, Syracuse, LC, and Indiana U. 16mo (14cm.); self-wrappers backed in later white linen; 26pp. Ex-Astor Library with their contemporary rubberstamps to upper cover; wrappers soiled, a few small losses throughout text expertly repaired though with some loss of meaning. Good only.

$200.00

World Today
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World Today

By [COMMUNISTS] WORKERS SCHOOL

[New York]: Workers School, 1940-1941. First Edition. Paperback. Full and detailed syllabus for students taking the course in current events at the Workers School. Divided into eleven lessons, covering a basic introduction to Marxist-Leninist Theory; "General Features of Capitalist System of Production" (i.e. "Exploitation"); "Class Struggle"; "The Negro Question"; "Tactics of the Working Class in Present Period"; and concluding with "The Socialist Reorganization of Society." No copies separately catalogued in OCLC as of December, 2018. Quarto (28cm.); publisher's yellow mimeographed staplebound wrappers; 24ll. printed from typescript on rectos only. Wrappers rather brittle and toned due to poor paper stock, some minor chipping, extensive but neat and intelligent contemporary pencil notes throughout, else Near Very Good.

$150.00

El Peligro Comunista y Su Influencia en Chile
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El Peligro Comunista y Su Influencia en Chile

By [COMMUNISM] [CHILE] STAUBER, John

Santiago de Chile: [Union Social de Chile], 1932. First Edition. Paperback. Short missive on the dangers of communism in Chile, quite possibly the only title issued by the "Union Social de Chile, Asociación contra el Comunismo," despite the series number. Though this title appears uncatalogued in OCLC as of February, 2019, we find Stauber's "El Pueblo Comunista y Su Influencia en Chile," with the same imprint, quite possibly a cataloging error (National Library of Chile only). 12mo (17.5cm.); publisher's blue-grey printed staplebound wrappers; 8pp. Textblock slightly toned, else a Fine copy. Issued as "Folleto No. 21."

$250.00

Alba Nuova. Rivista Mensuale di Critica e di Pensiero. Numero Doppio (Oct-Nov 1921)
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Alba Nuova. Rivista Mensuale di Critica e di Pensiero. Numero Doppio (Oct-Nov 1921)

By CAPRARO, Anthony (ed). Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, contrib

New York: Mario Rapisardi Liteary Society, 1921. First Edition. Ephemera. Single issue of a scarce Italian-American bi-monthly. Though nominally the organ of the Italian Section of the Communist Workers Party, this issue is notable for including the text, in Italian, of Sacco & Vanzetti's letter from Dedham Jail, dated October 18th, 1921 - a few months after the two were sentenced to death and about two weeks before arguments for a retrial commenced. The letter, headlined "Sacco e Vanzetti Insegnano," does not appear to be reproduced or referenced in any standard sources and includes the statement, in bold capital letters: "NOI NON ABBIAMO PAURA DI MORIRE" ["We are not afraid to die"]. Alba Nuova ran for four years, until succeeded by the long-running Il Lavoratore. Scarce; OCLC notes fewer than five institutional holdings for any copies. HOERDER (Immigrant Labor Press in America) III, p.36. Quarto (27cm). Pictorial, staple-bound thick paper wrappers; 40pp. Mild external wear; slight toning; Very Good or better. All text save publishing information in Italian.

$200.00

ACF Internal Discussion Bulletin [Broken Run of Nine Issues]
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ACF Internal Discussion Bulletin [Broken Run of Nine Issues]

By [ANARCHISTS & THE I.W.W.] ANARCHIST COMMUNIST FEDERATION (NORTH AMERICAN)

N.p.: Anarchist Communist Federation (North American), 1978-1979. First Edition. Paperback. Relatively substantial collection of the short-lived ACF's publication arm, which appears to have ended after Vol. 2, no. 9 (the latest issue noted in OCLC as of December, 2018). The Federation included approximately eleven North American organizations, both in the United States and Canada, including Black Rose (Rochester, NY), Mayday (Evanston, IL), Rascal (Morgantown, WV), and Totally Eclipsed (Jordan Station, Ont.). The bulletin covered both Federation and local news, the articles general published as letters addressed by the various sub-groups. Nine volumes; quarto (28cm.); corner-staplebound self-wrappers of variously colored stock; 8-12pp.; illus. throughout. Some very minor wear from handling, else a Very Good or better collection. Publication sequence as follows: Vol. 1, nos. 7-9, 11-12; Vol. 2, nos. 1-4.

$250.00

La Politica Estera dei Soviets. Lettera di N. Lenine ai Proletari Americani // Nota di G.W. Tchicherin al President Wilson // Come la Russia Bolshevika conquistó la Germania Imperiale
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La Politica Estera dei Soviets. Lettera di N. Lenine ai Proletari Americani // Nota di G.W. Tchicherin al President Wilson // Come la Russia Bolshevika conquistó la Germania Imperiale

By [I.W.W.] LENIN, Nicolai; G.W. Tchicherin, John Reed

Brooklyn: Lavoratori Industriali del Mondo [Industrial Workers of the World / I.W.W.], N.d. [1919-1920]. First Edition. Pamphlet. Articles by Lenin, Tchicherin and Reed on post-revolutionary Soviet foreign policy. Unusual in that there does not appear to have been an English-language equivalent; this would appear to have been an entirely local production of the Brooklyn-based Italian-language delegation of the I.W.W. Not in Miles; OCLC notes two locations only (Labadie, Hoover Inst). 12mo (17cm). Staple-bound pamphlet; printed paper wrappers; 51pp. A bright, unworn copy; Near Fine. Text entirely in Italian.

$150.00

Mitin 28 de Octubre a Las 5 P.M. ... ¡Por el Cambio Democratico De Mexico! ¡Unidad de la Izquierda!

By [PARTIDO COMUNISTA DE MEXICO]

N.p. [Mexico City?: ca 1980]. Ephemera. Summons the public to a rally for a unifying coalition of left parties, including the Mexican Communist Party (PCM), the Partido Popular (PPM) and the Revolutionary Socialist Party (PSR), each of whose logos are printed at bottom margin. The three groups would indeed merge in 1981 to form the United Socialist Party (PSUM). Place of publication uncertain; the address given - "Calle Segunda y Constitución" - could apply to any number of municipalities in Mexico. We find no catalogued examples of this poster on-line or in institutional catalogs. Original silkscreened poster, 24" x 18" (ca 60cm x 45cm). Printed in maroon on tan stock. Minimal wear and soil; tiny losses at corner extremities; Near Fine. Unbacked.

$150.00

Report on the Vienna Youth Festival Held in Vienna, Austria, July 26 through August 4, 1959
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Report on the Vienna Youth Festival Held in Vienna, Austria, July 26 through August 4, 1959

By [WOMEN] [STEINEM, Gloria] INDEPENDENT SERVICE FOR INFORMATION ON THE VIENNA YOUTH FESTIVAL; Hubert H. Humphrey, foreword

Cambridge: Independent Service for Information on the Vienna Youth Festival, 1960. First Edition. Paperback. Having struggled to find work in New York City, 25-year-old Gloria Steinem moved to Cambridge in 1959 to assume the position of co-director of the anti-Communist program the Independent Service for Information on the Vienna Youth Festival. The Service, masquerading as a private enterprise whose aim was to send democracy- and capitalism-loving American youth to the communist-run Festival, was funded by an anonymous donor later revealed to be the CIA. The present title is one of a series of pamphlets on the Communist-sponsored Festival. Senator Hubert Humphrey smugly describes the proceedings in his foreword: "The balance swung to the Free World because of the effective challenge by non-Communist youth who initiated a dialogue for which the Communist youth had no response." Octavo (21.5cm.); publisher's blue printed staplebound card wrappers; [6],108,xivpp.; photographic illus. Spine edge a bit sunned, else Near Fine.

$200.00

Women in the War
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Women in the War

By [WOMEN] FLYNN, Elizabeth Gurley

New York: Workers Library, 1942. First Edition. Pamphlet. Uncommon war-time pamphlet by the prominent communist, one-time Wobbly, women's rights advocate and (later) victim of the Smith Act trials. "Deploring past prejudices against women workers, the author calls for child-care centers, good housing, union organization, and equal pay for equal work" (SEIDMAN F143). 12mo. Staplebound pamphlet; photo-pictorial paper wrappers; 31pp. Scuff and closed tear at center of front wrapper, light dusting to covers on rear; internally clean and unmarked - a Good, sound copy.

$60.00

Stalin on Capitalist Crisis and International Affairs (1930-1939)
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Stalin on Capitalist Crisis and International Affairs (1930-1939)

By [COMMUNISTS] STALIN, Joseph

New York: Jefferson School of Social Science, n.d. but ca. 1945. First Thus. Paperback. Compilation of three addresses delivered by Stalin, at the 16th, 17th, and 18th Congresses of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Published by the CPUSA-run Jefferson School of Social Science, successor to the New York Workers School. Date based on the founding of the Jefferson School in 1944. Quarto (27.5cm.); publisher's grey mimeographed staplebound wrappers; 32ll. printed from typescript on rectos only. Wrapper extremities slightly toned and dust-soiled, else Very Good or better.

$75.00

Workers Frontier: Theoretical Organ of the Workers Party, Vol. 1, no. 1, April, 1940 [All Published?]

By [COMMUNISM - FOURTH INTERNATIONAL] WORKERS PARTY

Brooklyn: Sparks Publishers, 1940. First Edition. Paperback. Unrecorded, and quite possibly earliest, periodical published by the Third Camp Trotskyist group and issued the same month the Workers Party splinter was formed in opposition to the Russian invasion of Finland. Indeed, the present issue deals primarily with the Russo-Finnish War and the foundation of the Party. Not in Goldwater or the Union List of Serials, nor do we find any copies located in OCLC as of May, 2018. Quarto (28cm.); publisher's red printed staplebound card wrappers; [2],46pp.; text printed mimeograph. Front wrapper nearly separated, rear wrapper separated but present, extremities rather chipped and brittle due to poor paper stock; Good, contents fresh and fine.

$150.00

Workers Song Book [No 1 - 1934]

By [COMMUNIST PARTY] RADICAL SONGBOOKS - WORKERS MUSIC LEAGUE]

New York: Workers Music League, 1934. First Edition. The first of two collections of original radical vocal compositions produced by the Workers Music League, the music-propaganda front of the New York Communist Party. As noted by historian Ron Cohen, the WML marked a clear evolution within the Communist Party towards using music as an organizing and recruiting tool, something the CP hadn't previously been known for (and which this collection was not likely to fix). The current volume is billed in the Foreword as "...the first collection exclusively of original revolutionary mass, choral and solo songs with English texts to be made in America..." Compositions include works by L.E. Swift ("The Scottsboro Boys Shall Not Die"), Jacob Schaffer ("Hunger March"); Janet Barnes (a setting of Langston Hughes's "God to the Hungry Child"), and others. The songs are neither spirited nor inspiring, but the songbook is quite scarce and does mark an important moment in the evolution of CPUSA musical culture. A second "Workers Song Book" was issued in 1935. COHEN (Work and Sing) 237. Octavo (26cm); staple-bound wrappers; 29pp. Moderate soil to wrappers, with a sizable (ca 3/4") chip to rear wrapper corner, not affecting printed area; text complete, clean and unmarked. A Good copy.

$150.00

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