Common sense; : addressed to the inhabitants of America, on the following interesting subjects. I. Of the origin and design of government in general, with concise remarks on the English Constitution. II. Of monarchy and hereditary succession. III. Thoughts on the present state of American affairs. IV. Of the present ability of America, with some miscellaneous reflections.

Paine, Thomas, 1737-1809 [Browse]
A new edition, with several additions in the body of the work. To which is added an appendix; together with an address to the people called Quakers. N.B. The new addition here given increases the work upwards of one third. [Two lines from Thomson].
Philadelphia : printed. And sold by W. and T. Bradford., [1776]
[6], 50 p. ; 22 cm. (8vo)


  • Attributed to Thomas Paine in the Dictionary of American biography.
  • Advertised in the Pennsylvania journal for Feb. 14, 1776.
  • Some copies were printed by Steiner and Cist; others by Benjamin Towne. Those printed by Steiner and Cist have type ornaments above and below half-title; those printed by Towne have plain rules. Cf. Gimbel, Richard. Thomas Paine: a bibliographical check list of Common sense, entries CS-10 through CS-13.
  • Three states of the Towne printing noted by Gimbel. The first (CS-11) has an "Erata" statement on p. [6], correcting an error on p. 41; p. 45 is numbered. In the second state (CS-12), the error on p. 41 has been corrected and the errata statement deleted; p. 45 is numbered. In the third state (CS-13), the error on p. 41 has been corrected and the errata statement deleted; p. 45 is not numbered.
  • With a half-title.
  • Signatures: pi² [A]1 B-G⁴ H1.
Source acquisition
Princeton copy 1 Gift Sidney Lapidus, Princeton Class of 1959 2010
  • Evans, C. American bibliography, 14959
  • Hildeburn, C.R. Pennsylvania, 3434
  • Adams, T.R. American independence, the growth of an idea, 222f
  • ESTC W32287
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United States Pennsylvania Philadelphia.
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