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Rights of Man: Being an Answer to Mr. Burke's Attack on the French Revolution. Seventh Edition. [Bound with:] Rights of Man. Part the Second. Comprising Principle and Practice.
London: Printed for J. S. Jordan, 1791 & 1792. Seventh and second editions, respectively, which were commonly bound together, often as issued by the publisher. This is likely an example of the latter as both these titles have corresponding stab holes. 2 vols in 1, 8vo, 19th century maroon half morocco, marbled paper boards, gilt lettering. On the verso of the half-title of the Part the Second is a portrait of Paine engraved by William Sharpe after the portrait by George Romney, cut down and laid on, with contemporary manuscript annotations. An interesting copy of Thomas Paine's famous and controversial polemic. From the library of William Augustus Miles (1753-1817), the political writer who was a British agent in France during the French Revolution. Miles was well acquainted with numerous political personages of the day, and on the verso of the half-title in the margin of Paine' portrait, he wrote "This man deserv'd to be honor'd-not revil'd-To be protected-not persecuted and if he had been educated a gentleman he would have done good." In another hand in the margin below the portrait is written "Note MS. by W. Augts Miles - Author of Letter to the Prince of Wales on his debts & other tracts." Bookplate of William Owen Goodman, which appears contemporary with the 19th century binding, on the front paste-down. Binding rubbed; some dust-soiling, browning and creases; very good copy.
Bookseller: Brick Row Book Shop [U.S.A.]
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