Lot 195: Russian revolutionary who was a principal founder of the 'social anarchist' tradition (1814-1876). ALS in French, signed "M. B.," three pages on two adjoining onionskin sheets, 5.25 x 8.25, August 18, 1871. Letter to Vincenzo Pezza, publisher of the Socialist journal 'Gazzetino Rosa' in Milan. An interesting letter in which Bakunin appears anxious about the reactions to the publication of his attacks on Giuseppe Mazzini, first printed in Pezza's journal. Bakunin indicates the number of copies of his booklet that should be sent to various adherents to his cause (and to himself) and asks Pezza to find a recent article by Mazzini that mentions him, requesting that he "please send anything that may have been published on the fight we have initiated against Mazzini." He also asks Pezza to investigate more about the journal 'Italian Proletariat' and to send them his article on Mazzini. Intersecting folds, scattered creasing and wrinkling, one tiny edge tear and some paper loss to bottom edge (not affecting any writing), and significant show-through from writing to opposing sides, otherwise fine condition.
This was a prolific year for Bakunin, publishing not only The Knouto-Germanic Empire-the manuscript from which his famous 'God and State' is drawn-but also releasing The Political Theology of Mazzini and the International, a lengthy polemic against Giuseppe Mazzini, a leading voice in unifying an independent Italy. Mazzini considered Bakunin 'a dangerous heretic who had caused many evils in Italy,' while Bakunin held only contempt for Mazzini's 'bourgeois revolution.' A rare and fantastic letter from the outspoken anarchist.
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