[Marxism] Missing Passage in English Versions of Capital

michael perelman michael.perelman3 at gmail.com
Sun Feb 26 11:17:00 MST 2012


Marx could have also mentioned that the alchemists were laid off at
the same time.

On Sun, Feb 26, 2012 at 5:36 AM, Angelus Novus
<fuerdenkommunismus at yahoo.com> wrote:
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> In the German original text, when Marx writes about the historical role of the Bank of England, there is the following passage:
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> "Allmählich wurde sie der unvermeidliche Behälter der Metallschätze des
> Landes und das Gravitationszentrum des gesamten Handelskredits. Um
> dieselbe Zeit, wo man in England aufhörte, Hexen zu verbrennen, fing man dort an, Banknotenfälscher zu hängen."
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> The first sentence is reproduced both in the Ben Fowkes and Edward Aveling translations.  In the Aveling translation at the MIA, it reads as follows:
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> "Gradually it became inevitably
> the receptacle of the metallic hoard of the country, and the centre of
> gravity of all commercial credit."
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> The second sentence is **missing from both English translations**.  It means: "In England, at the same time that the burning of witches ceased, counterfeiters of bank notes were starting to be hanged."
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> So I checked the Spanish edition, translated by Wenceslao Roces, and the missing sentence is there: "Por los años en que Inglaterra dejaba de quemar brujas, comenzaba a colgar falsificadores de billetes de banco."
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> Does anybody know what the story is as to why this passage is missing from **both** English translations?  Can you all confirm its absence or presence in other languages?
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