FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF RAYNAL'S REVOLUTION OF AMERICA, 1781, THAT PROMPTED PAINE'S FAMOUS 1782 LETTER… TO ABBÉ RAYNAL
RAYNAL, Abbé [Guillaume Thomas François]. Revolution of America. London, 1781.
First edition in English, simultaneous with the first French edition, of Raynal's provocative work that dismissed the American Revolution as a "temporary upheaval," triggering Paine's fierce reply in his Letter… to Abbé Raynal, where he heralded the American cause as "the first war to be based on principle in the history of the world." $2500.