Original advertising poster for Black Dwarf, headlined "What's black and white and red all over?", together with a prospectus from January 1968 addressed to the cannabis rights campaigner, Steve Abrams, and signed by the paper's publisher and editor. BLACK DWARF.
Original advertising poster for Black Dwarf, headlined "What's black and white and red all over?", together with a prospectus from January 1968 addressed to the cannabis rights campaigner, Steve Abrams, and signed by the paper's publisher and editor.

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Original advertising poster for Black Dwarf, headlined "What's black and white and red all over?", together with a prospectus from January 1968 addressed to the cannabis rights campaigner, Steve Abrams, and signed by the paper's publisher and editor.

i) Poster. Np. (London): nd. (c. June 1968). Printed offset litho in black on white stock. 76x50.8cm. Probably designed by Robin Fior, though not stated. Illustrated with a photograph on a black ground depicting a reader wearing a Cuban military cap holding up an opened copy of the inaugural issue of Black Dwarf, displaying its famous front page slogan: 'We Shall Fight, We Will Win - Paris, London, Rome, Berlin'. Some light creasing, nicks and short tears to edges, o/w Very Good plus.


ii) Stapled 3pp. typescript prospectus addressed to Steve Abrams on Black Dwarf headed paper, dated January 1968, and signed in blue by the publisher, Clive Goodwin, and editor, D.A.N. Jones. The document relates the origins of the paper's name (taken from the eponymous 19th-century radical paper); outlines its main aims ("We believe in the class struggle, here and now, and we want the working class to control this country and every other…there can be no fundamental improvement in their position until the power of Capital is removed, our principal objective"); and makes an appeal for a donation of £25, before concluding: "The whole idea stems from the conversation of two poets, Christopher Logue and Adrian Mitchell, with Clive Goodwin. Perhaps it's a pipe dream. Or perhaps you're on to something big. Poets have been right before now. You must decide for yourself" (this refers to a meeting held to discuss the proposed paper, attended by Logue and Mitchell, along with Goodwin, Tariq Ali, Kenneth Tynan and others, following the Dialectics of Liberation conference in 1967). Black Dwarf began publication in May 1968. Its foreign editor, Tariq Ali, later took over as editor, but financial difficulties and factional divisions between Leninists (Tariq Ali and supporters of the International Marxist Group) and the less ideologically aligned led to an editorial split in February 1970 and the paper's eventual demise. Two old horizontal mailing folds, o/w Very Good plus.

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