“THE CLEAREST OF ALL EXPOSITIONS OF THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF DEMOCRACY” (PMM): RARE 1791 EDITION OF PAINE’S RIGHTS OF MAN
PAINE, Thomas. Rights of Man. London, 1791.
1791 second edition, first issue, of Part I of Paine's Rights of Man, printed only days after the first edition, with publisher J.S. Jordan quickly issuing this edition after the Johnson original edition was immediately suppressed. One of Paine's most important, influential, and bestselling works, Rights of Man resulted in the prosecution in England of Paine, his publishers and booksellers, forcing Paine to flee to France. A handsome copy with an early British provenance. $8500.