10 December 1999
PAINE, Thomas. (1737-1809). Age of Reason. Part the Second. Being an Investigation of True and of Fabulous Theology .. . N.p.: For the author, 1795.
8o (191 x 119 mm). Half-title (tape repair to small tear on half-title, some dampstaining to upper margins of last few quires, some light foxing and spotting). Disbound (cloth strip reinforcing spine).
FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH of the second part of Paine's controversial Age of Reason, printed in Paris for American distribution. The pamphlet was written in response to criticisms of his 1794 work of the same title. These attacks all referred to the authority of the Bible, so Paine wrote this second pamphlet criticising the reliability of the Bible as a historical source. He had 15,000 copies of Part Two printed in Paris, in English, to be sent in September 1795 to Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia. Their arrival was delayed until April 1796, and copies had been printed in America from a London edition in the meantime.
PAINE. A Letter Addressed to the Abbe Raynal, on the Affairs of North-America. London: J. Ridgway, 1791. 8o (210 x 129 mm). Disbound. Half title (detached). Provenance: William Taylor (ownership inscription dated 1791 on half-title). -- PAINE. A Letter Addressed to the Abbe Raynal on the Affairs of North-America. London: J. Ridgway, 1792. 8o (189 x 109 mm). Disbound. (Some browning throughout). -- PAINE. Miscellaneous Articles.London: J. Ridgway, 1792. 8o (189 x 111 mm). Disbound (Browned throughout). -- PAINE. Letter Addressed to the Addressers on the Late Proclamation. London: H.D. Symonds and T. Rickman, 1792. 8o (189 x 111 mm). Disbound. (Browned throughout). -- PAINE. Dissertation on First-Principles of Government. Paris: The English Press, . 8o (220 x 136 mm). Disbound. (Foxed throughout, faint dampstaining to some corners). Uncut. -- Another copy. -- PAINE. Letter from Thomas Paine to George Washington, President of the United States of America. London: H.D. Symonds, 1797. 8o (203 x 127 mm). Disbound, paper strip reinforcing spine. (Title and verso of last leaf soiled, slight marginal browning and spotting to a few leaves). (7)
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