8vo, pp. xxxiv, [6, advertisements]; title and last page a little dusty; a very good, uncut copy in recent green cloth, spine lettered in gilt.
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The Life of Thomas Paine, written purposely to bind with his writings.
First edition, written by Carlile (1790-1843) during his incarceration in Dorchester prison. ‘His greatest contribution to the radical cause, and the most momentous, was his republishing of the writings of Tom Paine, which he did serially in the Weekly, individually as cheap pamphlets, and also as bound volumes. Carlile rapidly became the most successful popularizer of Paine since the 1790s, and followed this later with a biography, The Life of Thomas Paine (1820)’ (ODNB).
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