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PAINE Thomas
Droits de l'Homme
1791. First Edition . PAINE, Thomas. Droits de l’Homme; En Reponse a l’Attaque de M. Burke Sur la Révolution Françoise… Tradiut de l’Anglois, par F. S[oules]. Avec des Notes et une nouvelle Préface de l’Auteur. Paris: F. Buisson, Mai 1791. Octavo, contemporary tan paper wrappers, contemporary paper spine label in manuscript hand, uncut; pp: xii, 227. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $4800.Rare first French edition, second state, of the first part of Paine’s Rights of Man (published the same month as the first and only two months after the first English), “the clearest of all expositions of the basic principles of democracy” (PMM), with a special preface by Paine for this French translation, in scarce contemporary wrappers.“One of the most remarkable political writers of the modern world… Thomas Paine wrote both parts of Rights of Man with the United States in mind… Celebrating America and the extension of the struggle for liberty, equality and democracy to France… Rights of Man became a phenomenal success in America” (Kaye, 4, 97-9). Paine finished the first part of Rights of Man on January 29, 1791, his 54th birthday, and the next day gave the manuscript to Johnson, a London publisher “who set about printing it in time for the opening of Parliament and Washington’s birthday on February 22.” But fearing governmental reprisals, Johnson halted its release. Paine hurriedly borrowed money to buy Johnson’s sheets and found another London publisher J.S. Jordan. Paine entrusted friends to supervise the publication and “packed his trunk for Paris, where he pl … [Click Below for Full Description]
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