“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 1776 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."