Monday, March 09, 2009
British Library acquires The Communist Manifesto
"Appearing as a wave of revolutions swept Europe in Spring 1848, the pamphlet that we know as The Communist Manifesto was first printed in London. An association of German political exiles sponsored the printing - in German, by an obscure radical press - of what would undoubtedly become one of the most momentous political works of all time. 160 years on, the British Library has acquired what is believed to be the only complete copy of the first edition of The Communist Manifesto to be held in the UK, and the only copy in the world to be held by a national library"