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Selection of items from the Trotsky Collection in Special Collections
Sp Coll Trotsky F73.12
Edited and translated by Boris Souvarine, this is a French translation of Novyi kurs (New course), a work which grew out of a series of articles in Pravda in December 1923. An English translation of this work did not appear until 1943.
Kuda idet Angliya?
Moskva, Leningrad: Gosizdat, 1925
Sp Coll Trotsky R87.93
Wohin treibt England?
Berlin: Deutsche Verlagsgesellschaft für Politik und Geschichte, 1925
Sp Coll Trotsky G37.117/1
Where is Britain going?
London: George Allan & Unwin Ltd, 1926
Sp Coll Trotsky E64.197
The first editions (in Russian, German and English) of Trotsky's classic analysis of British
capitalism, its ruling-class ideology, and the bankruptcy of its socialist
intellectuals. While this English edition has an introduction by noted
British journalist H. N. Brailsford,
it was subsequently replaced in a second edition by a translation of
Trotsky's own introduction to the 1926 popular German edition (A copy of the
second British edition, which was published by the Communist Party of Great
Britain, is held at Sp Coll Bissett 515). Brailsford, Bertrand
Russell and others accused Trotsky of gravely misrepresenting the British
situation. Trotsky's reply to Russell was first printed in the newspaper
Derites kak Chërti (Hold on like devils) in May 1926.
Berlin: Granit, 1930, 2v.
Sp Coll Trotsky R87.81-2
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1930
Sp Coll Trotsky U72.91
Amsterdam: Querido, 1930
Sp Coll Trotsky D88.18
The first German, Russian, English and Dutch editions of Trotsky's famous autobiography.
The first edition of Trotsky's History of the Russian Revolution, his major historical study.
The Stalin school of falsification
New York: Pioneer Publishers, 1937
Sp Coll Trotsky U72.168
The first Russian and English language editions. An illustration in the English language edition shows the galley proofs of the minutes of the Petrograd Committee of Bolsheviks held on November 1(14). These minutes were omitted from the published edition of 1927, Trotsky argues, on account of the passage, marked in the margin, in which Lenin speaks of Trotsky with approval.
La revolution traicionada
Version Castellana del autor.
Buenos Aires: Claridad, 1938
Sp Coll Trotsky S62.249
The Revolution Betrayed, Trotsky's Marxist analysis of what happened to the Russian Revolution after the death of Lenin, translated into French and Portugese.
Su moral y la nuestra
Mexico: Ediciones de Clave, 1939
Sp Coll Trotsky S62.213
The first Spanish edition of Ikh moral I nasha (Their morals and ours), perhaps the most striking statement by a Marxist on ethics.
Proekt platformy Bol'shevikov-Lenintsev (Oppositsii)
Sp Coll Trotsky R87.40
A photocopy of the original document submitted to the fifteenth Congress of the All-Union Communist Party. This 'Draft platform of the Bolshevik-Leninist Opposition' was the principal statement of the Left Opposition and contained a summing up of every criticism of Stalinist policy. It was signed by thirteen prominent members of the Central Committee, among them Zinoviev, Kamenev, Rakovsky and Trotsky.
The first English edition of this work. Trotsky's preface is dated 1919.
while in Vienna, this work provides an account of the 1905 revolution and
the subsequent arrest, trial and banishment to Siberia of the leaders of the
St Petersburg Soviet. It was later published under the title
1905. The final two chapters, dealing with
Trotsky's escape, had earlier furnished material for a bestseller,
Tuda I obratno (There and back), published in
St. Petersburg in 1907.
The Bolsheviki and world peace
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1918
Sp Coll Trotsky U72.11
War or revolution
Glasgow: Socialist Labour Press, 1918
Sp Coll Trotsky E64.174
Three editions (the last much abbreviated) of Trotsky's statement of his anti-war policy. The US edition is said to have exerted a direct influence on President Wilson in the formulation of the Fourteen Points.
Describes his experience in the prisoner-of-war camp in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Von der Oktober-Revolution bis zum Brester Friedensvertrag
Belp-Bern: Promachos-Verlag, 1918
Sp Coll Trotsky G37.177
The history of the Russian revolution to Brest-Litovsk
Glasgow: Socialist Labour Press, 1919. 2v.
Sp Coll Trotsky E64.48/49
Den Russiske arbeiderrevolution: fra Novemberrevoution til Brestfqêden
Kristiania: Norges Soc. Dems Ungdomsforbund, 1919
Sp Coll Trotsky N67.6
editions of Trotsky's first account of the October Revolution up to the
peace negotiations with Germany at Brest-Litovsk: the third (really fourth)
the first German;
the second English; and the first
Kommunisticheskoe dvizhenie vo Frantsii
Moskva: Moskovskii rabochii ,1923, 2v.
Sp Coll Trotsky R87.78/9
The first edition of The Communist movement in France.
The third Russian edition of Problems of life, a collection of essays dealing with various aspects of life, manners, drinking, family upheavals, the cinema etc. in post-revolutionary Russia.
A French translation of Chto I kak proizoshlo? (What and how it happened), explaining the circumstances of his exile from the Soviet Union.
The strategy of the world revolution
A critical commentary on the Draft programme drawn up by Bukharin and Stalin before the Sixth Congress of the Communist International. lt was sent to the Congress, but was never distributed to delegates or discussed. A copy, however, was secretly smuggled to the West by James Cannon and Maurice Spector. The German and first and second US editions are shown above. The US editions feature introductions from Cannon and Max Schachtman respectively.
From the Bibiliothèqué de l'Opposition Communiste series. The Libraire du Travail imprint published several works by Trotsky, as well as others, including Victor Serge and Rosa Luxemburg.
Includes congress greetings to Trotsky, as well as his article: The Death Agony of Capitalism and The Tasks of The Fourth International.
An unauthorised compilation of four of Trotsky's writings, translated by German Gomez de la Mata (i.e. Jorge Gorkin). The title is translated as From Red October to my exile.
A photocopy of this rare edition. It was also printed in a later edition.
Other works of interest (thumbnails not included for copyright reasons):
Trotsky's diary in exile 1935
Stalin: an appraisal of the man and his influence
A reprint of the Jugendinternationale edition of Tuda I obratno of 1923.
Tyo kuri ja järjestys pelastavat sosialistisen neuvostotasvallan
Pietari(Petrograd): Suomalaisen Kommunistisen Puollueen Keskuskömitea, 1918
Sp Coll Trotsky F46.2
Arbeit, Disziplin und Ordnung werden die sozialistische Sowjet-Republik retten!
Basel: Verlag Buchhandlung des Arbeitersbund, 1918
Sp Coll Trotsky G37.125
Translated as Work, discipline and order will save the Socialist Soviet Republic, the Finnish and German language editions of Trotsky's speech to the Russian Communist Party conference in Moscow, 28th March, 1918.
Istoriya Sovieta Rabochikh Deputatov g. S-Peterburga
St. Petersburg: Glagolev, 1906.
Sp Coll Trotsky R87.84
Entitled History of the Soviet of Workers' Deputies of St. Petersburg, this collection of essays has contributions by Trotsky (note the use of the initial 'N' rather than the later 'L') and Khrustalev-Nossar, who had preceded Trotsky as chairman of the Soviet.
One year of revolution celebrating the First Anniversary of the founding of the Russian Soviet Republic
New York: Socialist Publication Society, November 7, 1918
Sp Coll Trotsky U72.237
Contains copies of documents, together with articles by Louis Fraina, John Reed, Sen Katayama, Albert Rhys Williams and others.
Typescript carbon of an interview with Trotsky conducted by 'Robertson' (E Bimey) in Norway, 1935, on the nature of the Independent Labour Party.
The case of the Trotskyite-Zinovievite terrorist centre
Moscow: People's Commissariat of Justice of the U.S.S.R., 1936
Sp Coll Trotsky 330
The case of the anti-Soviet Trotskyite centre
Moscow: People's Commissariat of Justice of the USSR, 1937
Sp Coll Trotsky 331
The case of the anti-soviet 'Bloc of rights and Trotskyites'
Moscow: People's Commissariat of Justice of the USSR, 1938
Sp Coll Trotsky 332
Verbatim reports of the Moscow Trials, which followed in the wake of the assassination of Sergei Kirov, Secretary of the Communist Party in Leningrad in 1934. Zinoviev and Kamenev were accused of being responsible for his death, and together with many other supposed Zinovievites and Trotskyites, were indicted and tried for subversion and terrorist attacks against the Soviet Union.
The case of Leon Trotsky: report of hearings on the charges made against him at the Moscow Trials
London: Secker & Warburg, 1937
Sp Coll Trotsky 1
The report of the commission set up to inquire into the charges made against Trotsky in the Moscow trials. It was headed by the American philosopher John Dewey and after nine months of deliberation, issued its findings, which established Trotsky's innocence.
St. Petersburg: 1914
Sp Coll Trotsky Pers
This was the organ of the St Petersburg Interdistrict Organisation, and was founded by Trotsky with Alexandra Kollontai, Lunacharsky, Pokrovsky and Radek.
(Bulletin of the Opposition)
No.31, November, 1932
Sp Coll Trotsky Pers
Founded and edited by Trotsky, many of the articles in this periodical were written by the man himself. Both issues in the exhibition contain articles signed by Trotsky. The Trotsky collection also includes a reprint set of the full number, 1929-1941 (Sp Coll Trotsky Pers).
No.11 , 1920
Sp Coll Trotsky Pers
The collection has several issues of this journal, mostly from the years 1919-1923. A complete set of the German version (1919-1923) is also held (Sp Coll Trotsky Pers).
De Lenine à Staline
Crapouiillot, Numéro spécial, January 1937
Sp Coll Trotsky Pers
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Top: Trotsky's passport picture, circa 1915, aged 36.
Photo from: The Bolsheviki and World Peace, New York: Boni & Liveright, 1918 (Sp Coll Trotsky U72.11)