[SOCIALISM] [FINLAND] [FINNISH-AMERICAN IMPRINTS] af URSIN, N.R. [Nils Robert]
Proletaariaatteita: Kokoelma Kirjoituskia
Fitchburg, MA: Suomalainen Sosialistinen Kustannusyhtio, 1914. First American edition. Octavo. Cloth boards; dustjacket; 437p. Tight, clean copy, Very Good or better. In original printed dustwrapper, chipped at margins and with small clear-tape reinforcements at flap-folds; Good. Ursin (1854-1936), a major figure in early Finnish labor movements, has been called the "Father of Finnish Socialism." The present anthology of Ursin's writings on labor subjects was produced by the Finnish-Socialist Publishing Company, a publishing cooperative centered around the newspaper "Raivaaja," the Finnish labor weekly which has been in continuous publication since 1905. The present copy bears the ink ex-libris of one John R. Karvonen, who was the defendant in a celebrated Massachusetts free speech case in 1914 (arrested for parading with a red flag and convicted of inciting riot - qv. Feldman, "Free Expression and Democracy in America" (2008) p.223). Very scarce in or out of jacket.