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Item 186 - Thomas Paine Catalog 589 (Aug 2020)

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Historically significant unsigned book: Rights of Man: Being an Answer to Mr. Burke's Attack on the French Revolution, Parts I and II. Second edition of the first part, first edition of the second part. London: Printed for J. S. Jordan, 1791 and 1792. Hardcover bound in modern brown half calf with black leather label, 5.25 x 8.5, pages [iii]-x, [7]-171; [i]-[xvi], [1]-178. Book condition: VG/None, with moderate foxing to textblock.

The attack on the French Revolution made by Edmund Burke in his Reflections had infuriated Paine, who rushed into print with his celebrated answer, The Rights of Man. Paine hoped this book would do for England what his Common Sense had done for America. He appropriately dedicated it to George Washington, and published it on Washington's birthday in 1791. A year later, he published a second part, Combining Principle and Practice, which fully developed his political philosophy and made an even stronger argument for a change of government in Great Britain.

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