8vo, pp. xxiv, 104; lightly browned throughout, a very good copy in quarter green morocco over marbled boards, original wrappers bound in; extremities a little rubbed; with the bookplate of Baron and Baroness Ernest Seillière on the front paste down and a contemporary French newspaper review pasted to the front flyleaf.
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Ein Blick in den Zukunftsstaat. Produktion und Konsum im Sozialstaat. Mit einer Vorrede von Karl Kautsky.
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