Paris: Buisson, 1791.
First Edition. Hardcover (Full Leather). Very Good Condition. Item #045038
2 volumes bound in one in contemporary mottled calf; worn, leather chipped at the head of the spine, scattered mild foxing, small stain to first title. Complete with the half titles, reuniting the two parts of Paine's treatise on democracy and revolution that were published a year apart. There are two editions dated May 1791 on the title page with no clear priority between them. The first part was translated from the original English edition that was almost immediately edited and softened. Paine was a star in France, an enlightenment philosopher of the first order, and a frequent guest along with the likes of Franklin, Jefferson and Adam Smith at the salon at the Hôtel de la Monnaie.
"The government tried to suppress it, but it circulated more briskly...Rights of Man can be seen for what it is: the textbook of radical thought and the clearest of all expositions of the basic principles of democracy." (Printing and the Mind of Man)
xii, 227pp; iv, 16, 224pp. Howe P-31 and 32 (The English ed.), PMM 241 (the English ed.). Size: Octavo (8vo). Previous owner's book-plate inside front cover. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Philosophy; History. Inventory No: 045038.