THE RIGHTS OF MAN
Part I 1791 (5th Edition), Part II 1792 (1st Edition); Thomas Paine; London, J. S. Jordan; Full Leather, Re-backed, Leather Spine laid down; 171/172 Pages; Very Rare!!!
Great For any Fan of the Famous Author or Collector. Great Gift Idea; Technically, 1st Part would be a first edition, 5th printing; Same year as the first printing!!!
A Beautiful dark full leather cover design with nice marble detail to boards, gold trim/red morocco label to spine, gold gilding to cover edges, dedication to George Washington, complete in two parts/title pages and a Landmark Work in early modern English on handmade paper!!!
Rights of Man (1791), a book by Thomas Paine, including 31 articles, posits that popular political revolution is permissible when a government does not safeguard the natural rights of its people. Using these points as a base it defends the French Revolution against Edmund Burke's attack in Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790).
Paine argues that the interests of the monarch and his people are united, and insists that the French Revolution should be understood as one which attacks the despotic principles of the French monarchy, not the king himself, and he takes the Bastille, the main prison in Paris, to symbolize the despotism that had been overthrown.
Rights of Man concludes in proposing practical reformations of English government: a written Constitution composed by a national assembly, in the American mould; the elimination of aristocratic titles, because democracy is incompatible with primogeniture, which leads to the despotism of the family; a national budget without allotted military and war expenses; lower taxes for the poor, and subsidised education for them; and a progressive income tax weighted against wealthy estates to prevent the emergence of a hereditary aristocracy.
Thomas Paine (January 29, 1737 – June 8, 1809) was an English-American political activist, philosopher, political theorist, and revolutionary. One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, he authored the two most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, and he inspired the rebels 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".
Condition is Very Good. Some wear to edges/near edges, re-backed with spine laid down, bookplate Killmorey and "843" written number to inner cover, blemish to upper left hand side near gutter to first few pages, rest of pages/hinges/text block are very good for over 220 years old!!!