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Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) Political, Miscellaneous, and Philosophical Pieces.

Auction:
3245T
Lot:
1100
Sold for:
$3,690$3,000

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Auction:
Books & Manuscripts - 3245T
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
May 08, 2019 12:00PM

Description:

Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) Political, Miscellaneous, and Philosophical Pieces. London: for J. Johnson, 1779. First collected edition, octavo, "the only edition of Franklin's writings (other than his scientific) which was printed during his lifetime"--Ford 342; with the following illustrations: engraved frontispiece profile bust of Franklin, folding typographical table of the Reformed Alphabet bound at page 470, folding engraving facing page 487, and two full-page engravings at pages 510 and 522, bound in full contemporary lightly sprinkled tan calf boards, smooth spine ruled in gilt with original red morocco label (both joints cracked, boards barely holding on, boards and corners worn and rubbed with loss to covering material), some deckled edges, 8 1/2 x 5 in.

This collection of works was edited by the British politician Benjamin Vaughan, a friend of Franklin's who later helped negotiate the peace between their warring nations.
Estimate $2,000-3,000

A6, B-Z8, Aa-Oo8 (last leaf, Oo8 may or may not be the integral blank).


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Benjamin Vaughan, Franklin, Benjamin Franklin, Bookbinding, Books, Giftedness, Publishing, Retailers, Visual arts, London, United Kingdom

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