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“History Is To Ascribe The American Revolution

To Thomas Paine” (John Adams)

9. (AMERICAN REVOLUTION) PAINE, Thomas.

The Genuine Trial of

Thomas Paine.

BOUND WITH:

Rights of Man. Part I.

BOUND WITH:

Rights

of Man; Part the Second.

London, 1792. Small octavo (4¾ by 8 inches),

contemporary marbled boards rebacked in later half brown calf. $6500.

First edition of

one of very first accounts of the infamous British trial

accusing Paine of seditious libel and declaring him an outlaw for The

Rights of Man, Part Two

—“his most important statement of political

principles” (New Yorker)—bound together with the same year’s very ear-

ly London editions of Rights of Man, and Rights of Man, Part Two, in

contemporary boards.

“The trial of Thomas Paine was unique in that the defendant was not in

custody and not even within the jurisdiction of the trial court. The trial

took place in London on December 18, 1792. The indictment charged

Paine with the publication of a seditious libel in the form of his pam-

phlet entitled

The Rights of Man

” (Raby, 61).

“Despite the brilliance

of Paine’s attorney, Thomas Erskine, Paine was found guilty, declared

an outlaw and

The Rights of Man

contraband”

(Gimbel 78). Publisher

Symonds would be prosecuted, sentenced to jail time and fined for

publishing, the same year, Paine’s

Letter Addressed to the Addressers.

Text fresh with only lightest scattered foxing, slight rubbing to contem-

porary boards. Extremely good.

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