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Paine, Thomas
COMMON SENSE; ADDRESSED TO THE INHABITANTS OF AMERICA; ON THE FOLLOWING INTERESTING SUBJECTS: I. Of the Origin and Design of the Government in General; II. Of Monarchy and Hereitary Succession; III. Thoughts on the Present State of American Affairs; IV. Of the Present Ability of America, with some Miscellaneous Reflections
London: J. Ridgway, 1791. Pamphlet. Very Good. Rebound in recent brown paper-covered boards,with white label to front board and new endpapers. 88 pp. + 1. "A new edition with several additions in the body of the Work, including an Appendix, together with an Address to the People called Quakers" Recently rebound in brown paper-covered boards.A very nice early copy of this celebrated tract. Advertisement at the end for newly published title: EUPHEMIA, A Novel in Four Volumes by Mrs. Charlotte Lenox. Small faint spot to spine of newer paper covers. (Sabin 58214). "A NEW EDITION with several Additions in the Body of the Work. To which is added, an APPENDIX; together with an Address to the People called QUAKERS. N.B. The New Edition here given increases the Work upwards of One-Third". Paine was then Secretary to the Committee for Foreign Affairs to Congress, during the American War, and author of The Rights of Man, and a Letter to Abbe Raynal. Book bears ownership signature of "Sir Wm. Rowley", at the top of the title page, quite possibly Sir William Rowley, 2nd Baronet (10 February 1761 - 20 October 1832) of Tendring Hall, Suffolk, English Member of Parliament and High Sheriff. Several biographies of Paine (Thomas Paine's American Ideology by Aldrich, and Conway's The Life of Thomas Paine) emphasize this books absolutely undisputable central place in American history, its sense of itself, the eventual drafting of the Declaration of Independence, and the American Revolution itself. "The book was sold and distributed widely and read aloud at taverns and meeting places. I … [Click Below for Full Description]

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