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#196 - Alexander Herzen

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Rare radical document—Herzen and Proudhon strike a deal

Russian writer and political thinker (1812–1870) considered the ‘father of Russian socialism.’ Rare draft ADS in French, signed several times within the text in the third-person, “Alex. Herzen” and ”M. Herzen,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.25 x 8.5, August 1849. An eight-article agreement between Herzen and Pierre-Joseph Proudhon concerning a loan of 24,000 francs for the publication of a newspaper to be repaid with five-percent interest. The agreement dictates that (translated) “the general direction of the newspaper will be exclusively entrusted to M. Proudhon,” and that “M. Proudhon assigns a right to active participation in Mr. Herzen in the part of foreign policy by accepting articles and correspondence sent by him.” However, Proudhon "has the right to refuse items when they are contrary to the general trend of the newspaper or if that section would be likely to result in a conviction." In fine condition, with central vertical and horizontal folds, light creases, and slight show-through from writing to opposing sides.

Born to a prominent Russian family, Herzen was a savvy investor and, despite his social beliefs, held bonds all over the world. This document concerns Herzen’s financial support of the daily Paris newspaper La Voix du Peuple, established in August 1849 and published under the direction of the French politician and anarchist Pierre-Joseph Proudhon. This was Herzen’s first regular association with a journalistic enterprise, foreshadowing his founding of the Free Russian Press in London four years later. An excellent association between these tremendously important early intellectual radicals. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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