"THE CLEAREST OF ALL EXPOSITIONS OF THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF DEMOCRACY" (PMM): PAINE'S RIGHTS OF MAN, PARTS I & II, 1791-1792
PAINE, Thomas. Rights of Man. WITH: Rights of Man; Part the Second. London, 1791, 1792. Two volumes.
Extremely rare editions of both parts of Paine's revolutionary classic Rights of Man, featuring the rare and desirable Jordan second edition, first issue of Part I, issued mere days after his first edition, together with the Jordan sixth edition of Part II, issued same year as the first. Paine's Rights of Man, one of his most important, influential, and best-selling works, is "the clearest of all expositions on the basic principles of democracy" (PMM), and remains "one of the most ardent and clear defenses of human rights, liberty, and equality in any language" (Fruchtman). Paine hoped the work "would do for England what his Common Sense had done for America" (Gimbel), but it resulted in the prosecution of Paine, his publishers & booksellers, and forced him to flee to France. $22,000.