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Paine, The American Crisis 1817  

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The American Crisis

Paine, Thomas


W.T. Sherwin



[2], 196 pp. (8vo) 21x13 cm (8¼x5") bound in modern  semi-stiff boards. Third English collected edition.

Scarce collection of the pamphlet series by 18th century Enlightenment philosopher and author Thomas Paine, originally published from 1776 to 1783 during the American Revolution. Often known as The American Crisis or simply The Crisis, there are 16 pamphlets in total. Thirteen numbered pamphlets were published between 1776 and 1777, with three additional pamphlets released between 1777 and 1783. The first of the pamphlets were published in Pennsylvania Journal. Paine signed the pamphlets with the pseudonym, "Common Sense. No. I of this edition, dated August 9, 1775, and referring to Gen. Gage's proclamation concerning the affair at Lexington, is an essay from the London "Crisis," and is here erroneously attributed to Paine. The first number of the "American crisis" is no. II of this collection. "The crisis extraordinary. On the subject of taxation, "A supernumerary crisis. To Sir Guy Carleton," and "A supernumerary crisis. To the people of America" (on the subject of American commerce) are inserted in their chronological places.

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Light soiling to binding; toning and light foxing to interior; very good.

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