"These are the times that try men's souls": Thomas Paine's The American Crisis, by the Author of Common Sense
The American Crisis, by the Author of Common Sense.
Item Number: 93776
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.
The first Crisis is a vitally important rallying cry to the dispirited American soldiers, opening with the stirring words: "These are the times that try men's souls." The first Crisis was read in fact, at General Washington's orders, to the American troops on Christmas Day 1776, before the crossing of the Delaware and the Battle of Trenton. In January Paine wrote the second Crisis as an open letter to Lord Richard Viscount Howe, the head of the British fleet Paine watched sail up New York Bay, endeavoring "to show the impossibility of the enemy making any conquest of America."
Other Books by this Author
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
Coloniae: Iohannem Gymnicum, 1529.
Rare edition, a sound, complete copy, lacking only the final blank. Title within pictorial woodcut border. Octavo, contemporary blind-tooled calf over wooden boards, dated 1534 in blind, brass clasps, minor statins and soiling and some early penned marginalia. Also bound in are three additional works, De Civilitate Morum Puerilium; Plutarch. De Liberis Educandis; and Horatius Flaccus.
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.