"...the clearest of all expositions of the basic principles of democracy," Uncut in the Rare Original Wrappers
Thomas Paine. Rights of Man: Being an
Answer to Mr. Burke's Attack on the French Revolution. London:
Printed for J. S. Jordan, 1791. Second edition. Small quarto.
Approximately 8.75 x 5.5 inches. x, [7, sic]-171, [1, blank] pages.
In the scarce original plain blue, wrappers (string-tied onto
binding). All pages uncut. Some creasing and light edgewear to
wrappers, a few tears to spine near center, pencil title on front
wrapper, some very light scattered intermittent foxing in text.
Still, an excellent copy of this title in its rare uncut state.
Housed in quarter green morocco slipcase.
"[T]he textbook of radical thought and the clearest of all expositions of the basic principles of democracy" (Printing and the Mind of Man 241). The classic work of Paine's fiery yet measured response to Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution of France in which Paine passionately defended the French Revolution. "Paine's 'answer to Mr. Burke's attack' took the arguments to a higher level. With a force and clarity unequalled even by Burke, Paine laid down those principles of fundamental human rights which must stand, no matter what excesses are committed to obtain them" (Printing and the Mind of Man 241). Despite monarchist England's attempt to have the book suppressed, it was circulated widely. Paine was tried and convicted in absentia for seditious libel against the Crown, but as he had left England for France, he escaped hanging.
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