“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 Attach 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.
Other Books by this Author
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.
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.
Rights of Man; Rights of Man: Part the Second; Common Sense; Letter Addressed to the Addressers; Agrarian Justice and A Letter to George Washington.
London: H.D. Symonds; T. Williams, Various, 1792.
Six Thomas Paine books bound in a single volume. Octavo, bound in full contemporary calf. Rights of Man – Being an Answer to Mr. Burke’s Attack on the French Revolution – Part 1. Published in 1792 in London for H.D. Symonds. 78 pages. Rights of Man – Part the Second, Combining Principle and Practice. Published in 1792 in London for H.D. Symonds. 91 pages + 3 page appendix. Common Sense: Addressed to the Inhabitants of America – On the Following Interesting Subjects . – Printed in London in 1792 for H.D. Symonds. ‘A new edition with several additions.’ 36 pages. Letter Addressed to the Addressers on the Late Proclamation. Published in 1792 in London for H.D. Symonds and Thomas Clio Rickman. 40 pages. Agrarian Justice, Opposed to Agrarian Law, And to Agrarian Monopoly – Being a Plan for Meliorating the Condition of Man. 1797 Paris Printed for W. Adlard and London, Re-Printed for T. Williams. 16 pages. A Letter to George Washington. Rare and desirable, especially in contemporary calf.
"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.
"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.
New York: Orbis, 1999.
First edition. Octavo. Fine in wrappers. Warmly inscribed by Maguire as follows, “To ______ Peace to you. Love Mairead Corrigan Maguire.” Also inscribed to the same recipient by Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu; who contributed the foreword. Also laid in is a pamphlet inscribed by Maguire, “A Letter to My Son Luke.” Uncommon especially signed by both these Nobel Peace Prize winners.
New York: Norton, 2007.
First Edition. Octavo, black cloth with gilted titles to the spine. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by Michael Lesy on the half title page.