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Paine, Thomas:
DROITS DE L'HOMME; EN RÉPONSE A L'ATTAQUE DE M. BURKE SUR LA RÉVOLUTION FRANÇOISE...TRADUIT DE L'ANGLOIS, PAR F. SOULÉS. AVEC DES NOTES & UNE NOUVELLE PRÉFACE DE L'AUTEUR
Paris. May 1791.. viii,148pp. Original salmon colored boards, remnants of later spine label. Slightly rubbed, else a fine copy. A lovely copy in contemporary condition of one of the most important editions of Paine's great polemic, RIGHTS OF MAN. This is the first French edition of the book, following the first English publication by about six weeks and reprinting the original text as it appeared in the suppressed first English edition. This edition thus preserves Paine's original language before it was toned down by later British publishers, as well as publishing for the first time a preface written solely for this edition. Paine was moved to write this work in response to Edmund Burke's REFLECTIONS ON THE REVOLUTION IN FRANCE, which describes the destruction of the old order in France and voices fear of the danger of wholesale revolution. Paine replied with RIGHTS OF MAN, in which he "laid down those principles of fundamental human rights which must stand, no matter what excesses are committed to obtain them...[it is] the textbook of radical thought and the clearest of all expositions of the basic principles of democracy" - PRINTING AND THE MIND OF MAN. Arguably it is Paine's most important work, even more influential, in the end, than COMMON SENSE. The first edition of RIGHTS OF MAN was published by Johnson in London on Feb. 22, 1791, a date chosen to honor the (unwilling) dedicatee, George Washington; however, the publisher, intimidated by government agents, suppressed it on the day of publication, and only a few copies escaped destruction. The next British editions, al … [Click Below for Full Description]
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