The Complete Works of Benjamin Franklin, LLD by Benjamin Franklin, Three Volume set, Second Edition, no date [1811].

Franklin, Benjamin. The Complete Works in Philosophy, Politics, Morals of the Late Dr. Benjamin Franklin. Now First Collected and Arranged; with memoirs of his Early Life, Written by Himself. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme, no date [ 1811].  Second edition printing. Three volumes, octavo. Rebound in 3/4 calf brown leather and marbled boards with raised bands and gilt titles to spine

Presented is the second edition of The Complete Works of Benjamin Franklin, LLD, published by Longman et al. in 1811 in three volumes. This is a reissue of the 1806 first edition printing, with only a few minor changes. This is an early collection of papers by the Pennsylvanian polymath and founding father, Benjamin Franklin.  

Published within two decades of his death, this collection offers rich evidence of the pragmatic brilliance of this founding father, who was described as "a great genius" by John Adams. Featured in these three volumes is a retranslation of Benjamin Franklin's famed autobiography, first published in French in 1791, "the most widely read of all American autobiographies." This is joined by a continuation of his life by Stuber and extracts from his will. Also included are his "Letters and Papers on Electricity" and numerous scientific essays, key political writings such as his "Causes of the American Discontents before 1768," works on the Stamp Act that include a transcript of his 1766 examination before the House of Commons, "The Way to Wealth," his essay on "The Slave Trade," and extensive correspondences. 

A collected Works was first published in France in 1791, Germany in 1792, and Sweden in 1792. An edition in English was published in London in 1793. The 1806 first edition of these Franklin's Works was edited by Marshall, who “used much diligence in searching for essays and papers that had not before been comprised in any collection" (Ford 550). Three essays published in the 1806 first edition for the first time were, "Sketch of an English School," "On the Theory of the Earth," and "Loose Thoughts on an Universal Fluid." This 1811 second edition printing was further elaborated with “Memoirs of his Early Life.”

CONDITION:

Very good condition. Three volumes, octavo. Rebound in 3/4 calf brown leather and marbled boards with raised bands and gilt titles to spine.  Index in first volume. Engraved title to each volume, frontispiece of the author to volume 1. Thirteen plates, most of which are folding. Marginal loss to page 277 of Volume II, some browning to plates. Same ink ownership “Wm Maddie” to prelims of each volume. Vol I: 440 pp., Vol II: 468pp., Vol III: 552pp. Octavo.

Dimensions: 8 5/8"H x 5 1/2"W x 1 1/2"D (each volume)




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