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#218 - Wilhelm Liebknecht

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Important Liebknecht letter during his incarceration, mentioning his socialist counterpart Bebel
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German social democrat (1826–1900) who, with August Bebel, was a principal founder of the Social Democratic Party of Germany. ALS in German, signed “W. Liebknecht,” one page, 5.25 x 8.5, February 16, 1873. Letter arranging payments for books, requesting a history book by Wachsmuth, and mentioning August Bebel. In very good condition, with intersecting folds, show-through from docketing to reverse, and paper remnants affixed to top and bottom edges. Liebknecht was the editor of his party’s newspaper and during the Franco-Prussian War, and used it to call for the working class of both countries to unite in overthrowing the ruling class. As a result, he and Bebel were arrested and charged with high treason, and in 1872 were convicted and sentenced to two years of imprisonment in a fortress. Ultimately, Liebknecht's politics resulted in his conviction and incarceration a total of 16 times. An extremely rare piece from an important and controversial period. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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