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PAINE, Thomas.
Rights of Man: Being an Answer to Mr. Burke's Attack on the French Revolution. Fifth edition.
London: printed for J. S. Jordan, 1791. London: printed for J. S. Jordan,, 1791. Octavo (212 x 124 mm). Contemporary red levant morocco, spine lettered in gilt and divided into compartments with urn motifs and roundel cornerpieces, single fillet rule border to boards, Greek-roll to inner dentelles in gilt, marbled endpapers, edges gilt, green cloth page marker. A finely bound copy, spine faintly sunned and a few spots of rubbing to extremities, one shallow scratch to rear board, free endpapers a little browned, else the contents crisp and clean, stab-holes visible. Fifth edition of Paine's famous response to Burke's Reflections, handsomely bound. Rights of Man was first printed by Joseph Johnson in early 1791, but publishing of it was soon taken over by J. S. Jordan (who republished it with some amendments), apparently because Johnson feared prosecution. The work alarmed the Pitt government and led to repressive measures and censorship, yet it still managed to reach a wide audience, going though numerous reprints and various translations. "In this sense, the confrontation led to victory for Paine; it is Burke's political system which has failed to stand the test of time" (Williamson, p. 124). See Audrey Williamson, Thomas Paine: His Life, Work, and Times (Allen & Unwin, 1973).
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]

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