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Sale 119 Lot 350

THE WORKS OF THOMAS PAINE IN 2 VOLUMES, 1797 Two Octavos in contemporary half calf, paneled spines with black and burgundy labels. Boards with some rubbing and fading. Some scattered pencil marks. Some water damage, with tide-marks visible on the lower half of each volume. Philadelphia, Printed by James Carey, 1797. With a half-title to each volume. "Common sense" has a separate title page, dated 1796.
Volume 1: vi, [2], 391, [1] pages, Volume 2: [8], 130, [3], 142-368, 148 pages. Error in paging: v. 2, p. 151-152 misnumbered 131-132. Bookseller's advertisement, v. 1, p. [392]. [ESTC W20948, Evans, 32633, Sabin, 58245]

Previous to this edition only eleven numbers of the 'American Crisis' had been published, omitting number 10 or number 12. In this edition, without authorization by the author, other articles were added, increasing the 'American Crisis' to sixteen numbers, two of which were labeled 'Supernumerary Crisis.' There were three variations of this printing, one with 'The Age of Reason' with separate pagination, one without at the request of some subscribers, and one with a reprint of Watson's 'Apology for the Bible' bound in for subscribers requesting a replacement for 'The Age of Reason.' [Gimbel 1959, 173-175]

Provenance: An Old Town Alexandria, Virginia collection
Estimate $3,500-5,000


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