Paris: Gabriel de Gonet, 1847. First edition. Softcover. Quarto (9 x 5 1/2'). xix, , 300pp. Original printed wrappers.
First volume and first edition of this work written by Alphonse Toussenel (1803-1885), a French naturalist, writer, journalist, and, as an utopian socialist and disciple of Charles Fourier, a virulent anglophobic and anti-semitic.
Toussenel's "Les Juifs, Rois de l'Époque: Histoire de la Féodalité Financière" argues that French finance and commerce were controlled by an 'alien' Jewish presence, typified in the malign influence of the 'Rothschild railroad'. In this, he drew upon a tradition of French socialist antisemitism (as seen in the earlier work of his inspiration Fourier, and Proudhon). For more information, see: Rubenstein, Richard L., and John K. Roth. "Approaches to Auschwitz: The Legacy of the Holocaust." London: SCM, 1987,pp.71-74.
Wrappers darkened and partly chipped and creased along edges. Sporadic foxing and offsetting throughout. Text in French. Wrappers in overall fair, interior in good to very good condition. f to vg. Item #45786