extremely rich and thought-provoking work, showingsigns of humanism and the influence of Hegeliandialectic method. Do note, though, Marx did notintend it for publication as is, so it can be stylisticallyvery rough in places.The series of seven notebooks were rough-drafted byMarx, chiefly for purposes of self-clarification,during the winter of 1857-8. The manuscript becamelost in circumstances still unknown and was firsteffectively published, in the German original, in1953. A limited edition was published by ForeignLanguage Publishers in Moscow in two volumes,1939 and 1941 respectively, under the editorship of the Marx-Engels-Lenin Institute, Moscow. The firstvolume contained the introduction and the sevennotebooks translated here. The second added
fragments from Marx’s 1851 notebooks of excerptsfrom Ricardo, the fragment ‘Bastiat and Carey’ (also
included in this translation), and miscellaneousrelated material; also extensive annotations andsources. A photo-offset reprint of the two volumesbound in one, minus illustrations and facsimiles, wasissued by Dietz Verlag, Berlin (E.), in 1953, and isthe basis of the present translation. It is referred tohereafter as
. Rosdolsky states that onlythree or four copies of the 1939-41 edition ever
reached ‘the western world’.
The online edition has been transcribed for MEIAfrom the Penguin edition, transl. Martin Nicolaus,1973, used by permission of the translator.Transcribed and marked-up by Tim Delaney.
Analytical Contents List
INTRODUCTION (Notebook M)
(1) Production in general81
(2) General relation between production, distribution, exchange88