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"THE CLEAREST OF ALL EXPOSITIONS OF THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF DEMOCRACY"

PAINE, Thomas. Rights of Man. BOUND WITH: Rights of Man. Part the Second. London, 1791, 1792.

Rare fourth edition of Part I and second edition of Part II of Rights of Man, each published shortly after the first editions by J.S. Jordan, who published Part I after the original edition was suppressed and was arrested for publishing Part II. 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. $12,500.

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“THE FUNDAMENTAL IDEAS ON WHICH THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC WAS FOUNDED”

PAINE, Thomas. Droits de l'Homme. Paris, Mai 1791.

Rare first French edition, second state, of the first part of Paine’s Rights of Man (published the same month as the first and only two months after the first English), “the clearest of all expositions of the basic principles of democracy” (PMM), with a special preface by Paine for this French translation, in scarce contemporary wrappers. $4800.

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“THOMAS PAINE WROTE LIKE NO ONE ELSE: HE WROTE FOR EVERYONE”

PAINE, Thomas. Trial of Thomas Paine, For a Libel. London, 1792.

One of the first editions of the first contemporary record of the infamous December 1792 British trial in which Paine was found guilty of seditious libel for The Rights of Man, Part Two, "his most important statement of political principles" (New Yorker). handsomely bound in full polished calf. $3500.

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"THE RIGHT OF VOTING FOR REPRESENTATIVES IS THE PRIMARY RIGHT BY WHICH OTHER RIGHTS ARE PROTECTED. TO TAKE AWAY THIS RIGHT IS TO REDUCE A MAN TO SLAVERY"

PAINE, Thomas. Dissertation on First-Principles of Government. Paris, 1795.

First edition in English of Paine's seminal 1795 dissertation on government, written to influence the National Convention during its struggle to create a new French constitution, Paine's urgent call for universal suffrage so that "democracy should be open to all men," featuring his speech delivered at the French National Convention in Paris on July 7, 1795, not present in all copies, where he urged its members to remember that denying "the people in a nation of their rights… is a most dangerous experiment." $2900.

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"SUCH WAS THE POWER OF PAINE’S PEN!"

PAINE, Thomas. Decline and Fall of the English System of Finance. Philadelphia, 1796.

1796 American edition of Paine's fiery attack on the British financial system, issued the same year as the Paris first edition, asserting the impact of the American Revolution on England, citing Adam Smith and prompting a run on the Bank of England. $1500.

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"IT IS A DANGEROUS ATTEMPT IN ANY GOVERNMENT TO SAY TO A NATION, 'THOU SHALT NOT READ'" (THOMAS PAINE)

PAINE, Thomas. Letter Addressed to the Addressers. London, 1792.

1792 edition of Paine’s fiery Letter, one of the earliest printings of this passionate work penned while fleeing charges for sedition, a defense of Rights of Man that calls forth the model of the American Revolution in “a brazen call for a revolution in England… sometimes referred to as the Third Part of the Rights of Man” (Gimbel-Yale). $1200.

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"PRACTICALLY A THIRD PART OF HIS RIGHTS OF MAN"

PAINE, Thomas. Letter Addressed to the Addressers. London, 1792.

1792 edition of Paine's fiery Letter, believed to be the first edition of this passionate work penned while fleeing charges for sedition, his "brazen call for a revolution in England… sometimes referred to as the Third Part of the Rights of Man" (Gimbel-Yale). $1200.

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