Inscribed by Trotsky on flyleaf, "To Comrade Julius Jesmer with best wishes Leon Trotsky 21 viii 1937 Coyoácan". This was Trotsky's final work, written in Norway in 1936, at the time when Stalin's purges of Old Bolsheviks was reaching its peak; soon after Trotsky was put on trial by the Norwegian government (under pressure from Stalin) and granted asylum by Mexico, which he reached early in 1937. His stay in Coyoácan was at the house of Diego Rivera.
Condition is described in the main body of the cataloguing, when appropriate. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."