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PAINE, Thomas.

Droits de l'homme;

en réponse a l'attaque de M. Burke sur la Révolution françois. Traduit de l'Anglois, par F. Soulés. Avec des Notes et une nouvelle Préface de l'Auteur; [bound with] —. Droits de l'homme, seconde partie, réunissant les principes et la pratique. Traduit de l'Anglais sur la troisième édition.

Paris: F. Buisson & Buisson et Testu, 1791 & 1792 Stock Code: 120568
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The "clearest of all expositions of the basic principles of democracy"

First editions in French of Paine's defence of the French Revolution, the "clearest of all expositions of the basic principles of democracy" (PMM). The first volume was printed in May 1791, only three months after the first edition appeared in London and one month after Paine's return to France.

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Description

2 volumes in 1, octavo (192 x 116 mm). Contemporary mottled half calf, red morocco spine label, spine with floral bands tooled in gilt, patterned paper boards, blue marbled edges.

Illustrations

Contemporary ownership inscription to title page, with signature accompanied by "acheté en 1791".

Condition

Contemporary ownership inscription to title page, with signature accompanied by "acheté en 1791". Extremities lightly worn, head of spine chipped and a little worming to foot, boards scuffed with a stain to the rear board, hinges cracked but firm, occasional dampstain and spotting to contents; overall a very good copy in a contemporary binding.

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