Anarchy – First Series


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[003376] Ward, Colin (Ed). Anarchy – First Series. ill. Segar, Rufus. London: Freedom Press, 1961. First Edition. 8vo. Card Covers. Pamphlets. Good. Anarchy – First Series complete, issues 1-118, 1961-1970. Original card covers, each 32pp.

Staples often rusted, minor rubbing to extremities, spines sometimes lightly faded, one or two with previous owner’s names in, occasional light foxing to edges of text block, but generally quite bright and clean. Number 105 has the standard typographic cover as usual (not the suppressed graphic cover – see Poyner, page 272 for Segar’s explanation).

A complete set of the first series of Anarchy, in original wrappers, now housed in a black buckram case with label. Most issues are on a specific theme examined from an Anarchist perspective, ie. Crime and Punishment, India, Automation, Poverty, Spain, Education etc. Comfortably the best English language Anarchist periodical ever produced, it includes work by Ward, Bookchin, Walter, Chomsky and Goodman amongst many others. The cover designs, mainly by Segar, but also by others, were replicated recently in a book, edited by Poyner, called Autonomy, which also has a very useful index to Anarchy. Noyce 35; Warwick Guide to British Labour Periodicals 78