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English edition of Paine's Common Sense  

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Common Sense; Addressed to the Inhabitants of America

Paine, Thomas


J. Almon



[4], 54 pp. [bound with, as issued], [Smith, William, attrib.] Plain Truth: Addressed to the inhabitants of America. Containing remarks on a late pamphlet, intitled Common Sense... [4], 47, [1] pp. London: J. Almon, 1776. (8vo) 23x14 cm (9x5½"), modern calf tooled in gilt. First English Editions.

First English edition of Thomas Paine's appeal for separation of the American Colonies from England, paving the way for the Declaration of Independence. It is followed by the "most famous answer to Paine's advocacy for independence" (Howes), variously attributed to William Smith, George Chalmers, Alexander Hamilton, Joseph Galloway, Charles Inglis, and Richard Wells. Common Sense has Thomas Paine's name written in ink on the title-page; Plain Truth has Chas. Inglish written on the title page - it also has a number of ink notes in the margins of the text, in an early hand. Common Sense lacking the half-title. Howes P17 & S696.

Lot Amendments

Last leaf of the second work chipped with marginal loss affecting some of the marginal notes but not the printed text, wear along gutter; otherwise very good, page edges untrimmed;

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