Item #82456 Common Sense. Thomas PAINE.

Common Sense

Item #82456

[PAINE, Thomas]. Common Sense; Addressed to the Inhabitants of America, on the Following Interesting Subjects... Philadelphia Printed: Newbury-Port, Reprinted, for Samuel Phillips, jun. of Andover. [1776]. 62,[1]pp., including half title, plus original blank leaf. Half title. Modern speckled calf, ruled in blind, gilt leather label, raised bands. Early ink ownership signature on half title, "Mr. Bartlet 2/6." Pen trials in ink to half title and on verso of final blank leaf. Moderate foxing, a few instances of staining. Very good. GROLIER AMERICAN 100, 14 (first ed). GIMBEL CS-17. HOWES P17. EVANS 43117. AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE 222h. ESTC W32280. REESE, REVOLUTIONARY HUNDRED 36 (ref). Essex Journal and New-Hampshire Packet, April 19, 1776; April 26, 1776; and May 18, 1776. DAB II, p.3. Trish Loughran, The Republic in Print: Print Culture in the Age of U.S. Nation Building, 1770-1870 (New York, 2007), pp.48, 457n. An early American edition of Thomas Paine's famous Common Sense, one of over a dozen such editions produced in America in 1776 after the initial Philadelphia editions issued by Bell and Bradford. All American editions from 1776 are quite rare, and many editions printed outside Philadelphia (such as this Newburyport edition) are possibly rarer than the first ones. Common Sense was first issued by the Philadelphia printer Robert Bell on January 9, 1776. By February 14, Bell had issued a third edition, but Paine had deserted his original publisher for W. and T. Bradford, who had gone along with his wishes in adding considerable material to the text, increasing it "upwards of one Third." It is this Bradford text, with several appendices and "An Address to the People Called Quakers," which was reprinted in the present edition. This Newburyport edition survives in two forms, one with the imprint of John Mycall of that city, the actual printer, and one with the imprint as here, for Samuel Phillips, Jr., of Andover. However, as scholar Trish Laughran points out, "Though these are counted in Common Sense lore as two different editions, Gimbel notes that they are identical except for the title-page and would appear to represent a joint venture struck from the same typeset." Supporting this conclusion is an advertisement that appeared in Mycall's newspaper, the Essex Journal, first on April 19, 1776, and then again on April.

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