Publisher: London: Printed and Published by Thomas Clio Rickman, 1819.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Sabin 71242; Gimbel, page 136; Howes R278.
Condition: Boards stained; prelims, including frontis and title-page a little foxed; very good copy.
Book ID: 27993
Description8vo, recent drab paper spine and printed paper label, original blue paper boards, untrimmed. Frontis portrait engraved by William Sharp after the portrait by George Romney. Three-page checklist of Paine's published works, followed by four pages of publisher's terminal advertisements.
CommentsAn important memoir of Thomas Paine by his lifelong friend and supporter Thomas Clio Rickman (1761-1834), the reform-minded bookseller and poet. “Rickman's name will be forever linked with Paine, for he was to Paine what Boswell was to Johnson” - John Keane, Tom Paine. Paine lived with the Rickmans while he finished the controversial second part of The Rights of Man in 1792, during which time Rickman arranged to have the famous portrait made of Paine by George Romney. After Paine fled to France that summer, Rickman joined him there to avoid imprisonment for selling Paine’s books. Rickman was something of a versifier and wrote several poems about Paine, usually sonnets, and an Elegy in 1810, reprinted here. Following the memoir are miscellaneous poems and writings by Paine. Prior to Rickman’s biography Paine’s life had been the subject of two unfriendly biographies by hack journalists, which Rickman discusses in the preface. The publisher’s terminal advertisements include probably the only checklist of the writings of Rickman. Early ownership notations on the front free endpaper; later bookseller's receipt pasted to the front paste-down, listing this book with several others sold to Mr. James Morris of Albany, New York, by John Skinner, Bookseller, dated December 4, 1901.