“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
Rights of Man: Part the First Being An Answer to Mr. Burke’s Attack on the French Revolution.
Item Number: 3989
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.
One of Paine's greatest and most widely read works, considered a classic statement of faith in democracy and egalitarianism, defends the early events of the French Revolution, supports social security for workers, public employment for those in need of work, abolition of laws limiting wages, and other social reforms.