Tracing this Kaufmann back in time, the Clerkenwell census found him at the age of 24 staying with his German cousin Solomon and family at 19, St John Square. They set up house in Hornsey where they had two children. The binding acquired by the Library must date from between the date of publication of the text and when the workshop was sold. This was at a time when Kaufmann was supposedly engaged making boxes. Did Simon have two jobs? It seems unlikely. Bookbinding was a recognised trade that required many years training. Hours were long.
Making boxes and establishing a fancy goods business would also have been a full time job. The census for the City of London lists a Simon Kaufmann, lodger, born in Ortenberg, Germany in though listed elsewhere as and who was a bookbinder.
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In Simon married Eveline Selim b. What was his profession in ?
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It is pleasing to note that both Simon Kaufmanns did well. It seems likely that Kaufmann b. He was surely the maker of the bookbinding illustrated above but the nature of his subsequent occupation remains a mystery. Book dealer Sophie Schneideman located the binding. W10 5SA London. Blog post by Laurence Worm on Broca and Kaufmann.
Anglo-German , Germany , Printed books , Rare books. An article on Wood in The British Book-Maker revealed that he bought the business when the owner went abroad but I have not traced any travel documents that support this. Cenus search online via Find My Past. This year sees the th birthday of political philosopher Karl Marx, who was born in the German town of Trier on 5 May Karl Marx Marx made London his permanent home after being forced into exile after taking part in the German revolution of He famously spent long hours in the British Museum, researching and writing his works that would go on to shape world history.
MS Add. One highlight of the exhibition, displayed for the first time, is an original edition of the French translation of Das Kapital , which Karl Marx himself had donated to the British Museum Library. There is a chance to learn more about this book and its significance in a talk by the exhibition curators on 18 June book tickets here. Members of both production teams, as well as novelist Jason Barker, are coming to the British Library on the afternoon of 5 May to discuss these recent re-imaginings of Marx. Also, on 16 May , recent biographers of Karl and Eleanor Marx, Gareth Stedman Jones and Rachel Holmes, will be speaking at the Library about these two fascinating characters, their lives in London, and their wider legacy.
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In the course of my research on German printers and publishers in 19th-century London it can be hard to discover how long an individual was at a business address, let alone any more personal details of their lives and backgrounds. But searching for information about Johann Lachmann von Gamsenfels, sometime printer of the German-language Londoner Journal , I discovered an unexpected and tragic story.
On 15 August Gamsenfels took lodgings in Stratford-on-Avon, accompanied by a woman and a four-year-old girl. They appeared a devoted and happy family, and enjoyed visiting the local sights, but on the following Monday morning the landlady heard gunshots from their room. The police were called and forced open the locked door to reveal the woman and child lying on the bed and Gamsenfels on the floor, all three shot through the left temple. Gamsenfels had apparently murdered his wife and daughter while they slept and then killed himself.
The couple had been living together for some years as if married, while Gamsenfels continued to support and occasionally visit his legal wife Rosanna and their son. One thing that struck me in all this was that Gamsenfels was described in the newspaper reports as editor — and sometimes founder — of the Londoner Journal , although the issues of the paper which I have examined mention him only as its printer. Even in this capacity his name disappears after July , as do large-scale advertisements for his printing business. Were they perhaps sympathetic to his situation and willing to give him a nominal role as editor in order to help him support two households?
The writer states that Gamsenfels and his wife were estranged — something Rosanna seems to have played down in her comments to the inquest — but implies no prior knowledge of the mistress and illegitimate child. So my speculations must remain just that. But the saddest mystery in this strange case is the identity of the dead woman. Many reports identify her only by her stage name Mme Lenormand.
Later she was tentatively identified as Caroline Monthey, the woman whose letters Rosanna Gamsenfels had discovered in , but Rosanna herself said she could not be certain of this. Whoever she was, both she and the daughter she had with Gamsenfels, the victims of his crime, were buried anonymously, with no family or friends to mourn them. Anglo-German , Germanic , History. The British Library claims an important relationship with Karl Marx and his associates. Arriving to London as an exile in , Marx became a familiar face in the reading rooms of the British Library then part of the British Museum , making use of their extensive collections to pursue information that would later prove foundational to his famous critique of political economy, Capital.
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The first edition of this canonical work was received with little fanfare, selling only copies in its first four years. In , Marx himself presented a copy, published in German, for our collections C. The donation was acknowledged like any other, with a cursory record in a large, leather-bound index that now sits in our corporate archives. Now, years since its original publication date on 14 September , it is among our most treasured texts. It is a well-trodden path; few figures have been subject to as much intense historical and ideological scrutiny, and it is hard to believe that after two centuries our explorations may yield new discoveries.
But it would seem that the Library still has secrets to give up. This week, consulting the donation indexes led to the discovery that Marx also presented a second copy of Capital , this one in French. The text, with its intricately-embellished chapter headings and impressive title page, is a thing to behold. Closer inspection also reveals various handwritten annotations in the margins of the page. Words are crossed out, better alternatives suggested, and minor errors deleted.
Handwritten corrections in the donated copy of Le Capital. The birth of the French edition was, for Marx, lengthy and tortuous. In his opinion:. I have therefore found myself compelled to re-write whole passages in French, to make them accessible to the French public. It will be all the easier later on to translate the book from French into English and the Romance languages. Marx was a ruthless editor, and it is easy to imagine the famously rigorous intellectual leafing through the copy en route to the library, unable to resist making a few last-minute alterations.
Marx was also a constantly evolving writer, and the ideas contained in the French edition differed significantly from those of its predecessor. Notably, the much-discussed section outlining the fetishism of commodities was refined. In short, then, this is a work unpopulated by phantoms; instead, we begin to see how the workings of capital come to modify the essence of human personhood. Donation index entry for the final instalment of Le Capital. The donation registers show that the French edition was delivered to the British Library in six instalments, between 12 October and 8 January 8 So the staggered delivery of the manuscript likely reflects these intellectual and physical obstacles, but it is also revealing of the audience that Marx had in mind for his work.
A puzzling concern for a man whose work had hitherto been received with so little public zeal. Dear Mr. Rye, I am directed by Mr. Jones to forward to you fasc. IV of the French edition of Das Kapital. In a letter received from Dr. Would you be so good as to communicate with Dr.
Marx on the object: he writes from No. What does it mean that Marx and Marxism still hold appeal, while political movements for socialism are weak or non-existent? What were Marxism's original points of departure for considering radical possibilities for freedom that might still speak to the present? Come join us for a coffee, good company, and a relaxed discussion about sexual liberation and the left.
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They are fundamental to the human condition, yet in their economic, social and political roles, they are marginal. It is precisely this combination — fundamental and marginal at one and the same time — that has been fatal to them. As a social party we receive the Negro and all other races upon absolutely equal terms.