“Time makes more converts than reason": Rare Early Printing of Thomas Paine's Common Sense
Common Sense; Addressed to the Inhabitants of America.
Item Number: 98955
Albany: Charles R. & George Webster, 1791.
Rare early printing of Thomas Paine’s landmark work. Octavo, bound in calf over marble boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, morocco spine label. in near fine condition with some light toning and foxing to the text. An exceptional example.
One of the founding fathers of the United States, Thomas Paine authored two of the most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, which ultimately inspired the 1766 Declaration of Independence. Virtually every American rebel read Paine’s powerful pamphlet Common Sense which crystallized the American Revolution and demand for independence from Britain. John Adams asserted "without the pen of the author of Common Sense, the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain."
Other Books by this Author
"These are the times that try men's souls": Thomas Paine's The American Crisis, by the Author of Common Sense
Fishkill, NY: 1776.
Exceptionally rare printing of Paine’s famous call to arms was first published in the Philadelphia Journal on 19 December 1776, and then appeared in pamphlet form four days later, soon circulating through the major cities. It begins with the immortal words “These are the times that try men’s souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it NOW, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered, yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly.” This edition is dated “December 23, 1776” in type at the foot of the final page. It was advertised in printer Samuel Loudon’s newspaper, the New-York Packet, on 6 February 1777 as “just published,” and a thousand copies were ordered by the New York Constitutional Convention then in progress. Loudon had been a ship’s chandler before launching his newspaper in January 1775. He fled the British army to Fishkill (in what is now Beacon) in mid-1776 and served as official state printer in addition to other projects. The printer had fled NYC from the British and was also serving as the official printer of the NY government in exile up in Dutchess County. This copy was owned by Jonathan Thompson (1773-1846) of Islip, NY, who inscribed it in 1819. He later went on to be the customs collector for the Port of New York. “A Pair of Peripatetic Printers: The Up-State Imprints of John Holt and Samuel Loudon,” in Essays Honoring Lawrence C. Wroth, page 397; Bristol B4323. 3 copies in ESTC. Octavo, original wrappers with the front panel with light dampstaining. Housed in a custom half clamshell calf and chemise box.
“Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good": First Edition of Thomas Paine's The Rights of Man
London, Printed: New-York: reprinted for Berry, Rogers, and Berry, no. 35, Hanover-Square, 1792.
First edition of Paine’s Rights of Man. Octavo, contemporary brown calf. In good condition with some rubbing and wear.
Writings of Thomas Paine: Secretary for Foreign Affairs to the Congress of the United States of America, in the Late War.
Albany, New York: Charles R. & George Webster, 1792.
Nine of Paine’s writings gathered, each pagination with a separate title page. Octavo, bound in contemporary calf. One of at least four issues with variant title pages for this work, this apparently the first, without the addition of “Rights of Man, Part the Second. In very good condition with some light foxing. Rare and desirable.
London: J. S. Jordan, Fleet Street; J. Ridgway, York Street; H.D Symonds, Paternoster Row, 1795-1792.
Attractively bound early set including founding father Thomas Paine’s best-known and most influential works. Titles include in full: Rights of Man: Being An Answer To Mr. Burke’s Attack on the French Revolution, Part I (1795); Rights of Man; Part The Second Combining Principle and Practice (1792); Common Sense Addressed to the Inhabitants of America (1792); Letter Addressed to the Addressers on the Late Proclamation (1792). Octavo, five volumes, uniformly bound by early Boston binder J. Loring in contemporary calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red morocco spine labels, engraved frontispiece portrait of Paine. In very good condition with some light toning to the text. An attractive and desirable collection.
"Like all Israelis, I yearn for peace. I see the utmost importance in taking all possible steps that will lead to a solution of the conflict with the Palestinians": First Edition of Warrior: An Autobiography; Inscribed by Ariel Sharon
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1989.
First edition of Sharon’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Inscribed and dated by Ariel Sharon on the half-title page. Laid in a lecture announcement by Sharon. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin.
"The herculean task of the United States Government today is to take care that its citizens have the necessities of life" Veto Message of PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT; SIGNED BY HIM
Veto message on the Adjusted Compensation Act, 1935: Address of the President of the United States in the House of Representatives, Delivered May 22, 1935.
Washington, D.C.: United States Government, 1935.
Speech given by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935. Signed by Roosevelt at the conclusion of his speech. In near fine condition with light wear. Rare.
Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Amartya Sen's Copy of On Economic Theory and Capitalism; With his Signature and Inscribed to Him
Oxford: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1955.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen’s copy with his name “A.K. Sen Trinity College Cambridge” on the half title page. Inscribed on the front free endpaper to Sen, “For Amartiya With the confidence that he will plan the dynamic economy, of a socialist and peaceful India. With best wishes, Arif Cambridge 8 May 1955.” In very good condition.
Venezia: Pecora, 1744.
First edition. Large Quarto. Tome Quatrieme (Volume 4), contemporary vellum. Thirty-six finely engraved plates printed in sepia. Text in parallel columns of Italian and French. Some shelfwear and soiling, generally clean and sound internally.