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PREFACE TO THE FRENCH EDITION

To the citizen Maurice Lachatre

Dear Citizen,

I applaud your idea of publishing the translation of "Das Kapital" as a serial. In this form

the book will be more accessible to the working class, a consideration which to me

outweighs everything else.

That is the good side of your suggestion, but here is the reverse of the medal: the method

of analysis which I have employed, and which had not previously been applied to

economic subjects, makes the reading of the first chapters rather arduous, and it is to be

feared that the French public, always impatient to come to a conclusion, eager to know

the connexion between general principles and the immediate questions that have aroused

their passions, may be disheartened because they will be unable to move on at once.

That is a disadvantage I am powerless to overcome, unless it be by forewarning and

forearming those readers who zealously seek the truth. There is no royal road to science,

and only those who do not dread the fatiguing climb of its steep paths have a chance of

gaining its luminous summits.

Believe me,

dear citizen,

Your devoted,

Karl Marx

London

March 18, 1872

Transcribed by Hinrich Kuhls

Html Markup by Stephen Baird (1999)

Prefaces and Afterwords

Capital Volume One- Index

Karl Marx

Capital Volume One

1875