Le Procès de la Colonisation française – première série [all published] – Mœurs coloniales.

Paris, Librairie du travail, [1926].

8vo., pp. 123, [5], with an initial blank, a half-title, and two terminal advertisement leaves; slightly browned and with a few small stains, but a very good copy in the original printed paper wrappers, spine worn.


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First edition, very rare, of a strident attack on French colonial policy, not just in Indochina but also in Madagascar, Cameroon, Algeria etc, by the future President and Prime Minister of North Vietnam. He strikes out at taxation, governance, ‘les civilisateurs’, corruption, exploitation, undereducation and ‘le martyre de la femme indigène’.

Ho Chi Minh had first left Saïgon in 1911, working in menial jobs in Marseilles, New York and London before returning to Paris sometime between 1917 and 1919. Moving towards both socialism and nationalism, he petitioned without success for an independent Vietnam at the Versailles Peace Talks in 1919, then became a founder member of the Parti communiste française in 1920. At about this time he began work on the present volume, which was left unfinished upon his departure for Moscow in 1923, and published three years later under the pseudonym Nguyên-Aï-Quôc (Nguyen the Patriot). Although the advertisment at the end announces the future publication of two further volumes in the series (by Ho Chi Minh and Nguyên Thê Truyên), they were never released.

OCLC shows copies at Zurich and Bibliothèque de documentation internationale contemporaine Nanterre only; not in COPAC.

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