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    A Contemporary Account of the Boston Massacre and Six Titles by Thomas Paine

    [Revolutionary War]. A Collection of Material About the American Revolutionary War, including: R. J. Dana and John Hill. Narrative of the horrid Massacre in Boston, perpetrated in the evening of the 5th of March, 1770.... [London]: The Gentleman's and London Magazine, May, 1770. The first English appearance of the official account of the Boston Massacre. Octavo. 257-390 pages (the account of the Boston Massacre is on pages 316-326). [Together with Six Titles by Thomas Paine]: The Rights of Man... Albany: Charles R. & George Webster, [n.d., ca. 1792]. Fourth American edition. Octavo. 96 pages. Lacking pages 65-72, and last several pages. Pages 92-96 damaged with some loss of text. [and]: Common Sense; Addressed to the Inhabitants of America... Albany: Charles R. & George Webster, 1791. Later edition. Octavo. 60, [2, blank] pages. Page 54 missing upper corner with some loss of text. [and]: The Crisis: in Thirteen Numbers. Written During the Late War. Albany: Charles R. & George Webster, 1792. Later edition. 186 pages. Pages 55-58 missing a large portion of text. [and]: Public Good: Being an Examination Into the Claim of Virginia to the vacant Western Territory, and of the Right of the United States to the Same. Albany: Charles R. & George Webster, [n.d., ca. 1792]. Later edition. Octavo. 41, [1, blank] pages. Lacking pages 11-20. [and]: Letter Addressed to the Abbe Raynal, on the Affairs of North-America. Albany: Charles R. & George Webster, [n.d., ca. 1892]. Later edition. Octavo. 70 pages. [and]: Letters, by the Author of Common Sense. Albany: Charles R. & George Webster, 1792. Later edition. Octavo. 24 pages. All seven titles bound together in one octavo volume of contemporary calf. Covers detached, spine perished, titles all loose. Poor. An interesting collection of titles, now cased in a quarter morocco clamshell case.

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    [Revolutionary War]. A Collection of Material About the American Revolutionary War, including: R. J. Dana and John Hill. Narrative of the horrid Massacre in Boston, perpetrated in the evening of the 5th of March, 1770, by Soldiers of the 29th Regiment, which, with the 14th Regiment, were then quartered there; with some Observations on the State of Things prior to that Catastrophe. [London]: The Gentleman's and London Magazine, May, 1770. The first English appearance of the official account of the Boston Massacre. Octavo. 257-390 pages (the account of the Boston Massacre is on pages 316-326). [Together with Six Titles by Thomas Paine]: The Rights of Man: Being an Answer to Mr. Burke's Attack on the French Revolution. Albany: Charles R. & George Webster, [n.d., ca. 1792]. Fourth American edition. Octavo. 96 pages. Lacking pages 65-72, and last several pages. Pages 92-96 damaged with some loss of text. [and]: Common Sense; Addressed to the Inhabitants of America... Albany: Charles R. & George Webster, 1791. Later edition. Octavo. 60, [2, blank] pages. Page 54 missing upper corner with some loss of text. [and]: The Crisis: in Thirteen Numbers. Written During the Late War. Albany: Charles R. & George Webster, 1792. Later edition. 186 pages. Pages 55-58 missing a large portion of text. [and]: Public Good: Being an Examination Into the Claim of Virginia to the vacant Western Territory, and of the Right of the United States to the Same. Albany: Charles R. & George Webster, [n.d., ca. 1792]. Later edition. Octavo. 41, [1, blank] pages. Lacking pages 11-20. [and]: Letter Addressed to the Abbe Raynal, on the Affairs of North-America. Albany: Charles R. & George Webster, [n.d., ca. 1892]. Later edition. Octavo. 70 pages. [and]: Letters, by the Author of Common Sense. Albany: Charles R. & George Webster, 1792. Later edition. Octavo. 24 pages. All seven titles bound together in one octavo volume. Bound in contemporary calf. Covers detached, spine perished, titles all loose. Poor. An interesting collection of titles, now cased in a quarter morocco clamshell case.

    One of the inciting incidents of the American War of Independence was the Boston Massacre. On March 5, 1770, British troops stationed in Boston to protect British officials who were there to enact unpopular new regulations, fired on an unruly, but unarmed, mob protesting these regulations. Five men were killed and six were injured. The feeling of outrage felt by the Massachusetts Colony (and later all thirteen colonies) was not cooled by the trials of the soldiers involved. Many consider this the foreshadowing event to the Revolutionary War, which began only a few years later.

    Founding Father Thomas Paine (1737-1809) was "a corsetmaker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination." (Padover). In 1776 he wrote the influential (and incredibly successful, being one of the best-selling American books of all time) Common Sense, which made a compelling argument for complete secession from British rule. John Adams said of Paine: "Without the pen of the author of Common Sense, the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain."

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