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December 9, 2012, 12:00 PM EST | Freeville, NY, US    Live Auction

Lot 2308: Thomas Paine THE WORKS OF THOMAS PAINE 1797 Political & Revolutionary Politics Common Sense Public Good Letter To Abbe Raynal (177 views)

Thomas Paine THE WORKS OF THOMAS PAINE 1797 Political & Revolutionary Politics Common Sense Public Good Letter To Abbe Raynal
Estimate: $70 - $200
Description: Title: The Works of Thomas Paine, Secretary for Foreign Affairs, to the Congress of the United States, in the Late War Author: Thomas Paine - Thomas Paine was an English-American political activist, author, political theorist and revolutionary. As the author of two highly influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, he inspired the America Patriots in 1776 to declare independence from Britain. His ideas reflected Enlightenment era rhetoric of transnational human rights. He has been called "a corsetmaker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination." Born in Thetford, England, in the county of Norfolk, Paine emigrated to the British American colonies in 1774 with the help of Benjamin Franklin and he arrivied in time to participate in the American Revolution. His principal contributions were the powerful, widely read pamphlet "Common Sense" (1776), the all-time best-selling American book that advocated colonial America's independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain, and "The American Crisis" (1776-83), a pro-revolutionary pamphlet series. "Common Sense" was so influential that John Adams said, "Without the pen of the author of Common Sense, the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain." Paine lived in France for most of the 1790s, becoming deeply involved in the French Revolution. He wrote the "Rights of Man" (1791), in part a defense of the French Revolution against its critics. His attacks on British writer Edmund Burke led to a trial and conviction in absentia in 1792 for the crime of seditious libel. In 1792, despite not speaking French, he was elected to the French National Convention. The Girondists regarded him as an ally. Consequently, the Montagnards, especially Robespierre, regarded him as an enemy. In December 1793, he was arrested and imprisoned in Paris, then released in 1794. He became notorious because of "The Age of Reason" (1793-94), his book that advocates deism, promotes reason and freethinking, and argues against institutionalized religion in general and Christian doctrine in particular. He also wrote the pamphlet "Agrarian Justice" (1795), discussing the origins of property, and introduced the concept of a guaranteed minimum income. In 1802, he returned to America where he died on June 8, 1809. Only six people attended his funeral as he had been ostracized for his ridicule of Christianity. Publisher: James Carey City: Philadelphia Year: 1797 Binding Style: Hardcover Pagination: vi/391 plus 1 page of advertisements Width: 5.75" Height: 9" Book Details: Condition / Notes: This is a scarce first volume of the works of Thomas Paine. Antique volume is bound in full leather, with gilt-lettered spine label. Book shows external wear, with rubbing to covers and cracking along spine edges. Front board is loosening. Text block is intact. Antique book plate appears on front pastedown. Pages display foxing throughout. For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $4.50
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