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Franklin, Benjamin.
MEMOIRES DE LA VIE PRIVEE DE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN. Ecrits Par Lui-Meme, Et Adresses A Son Fils. Suivis dun Precis Historique, et de plusieurs Pieces, relatives a ce Pere de la Liberte.
Chez Buisson, libraire, rue Haute-feuille, no. 20, Paris: ., 1791. pp. vi, 156, [207] (pp.204-7 misnumbered 360-63). 8vo. 220 mm. In this example the last three leaves of the table of contents are photo copies. It is remarkable though that the original front wrap (made out of printers' waste) and printed spine label are present. First Edition of Franklin's famous Autobiography which preceded the English edition by two years. Querard attributes most of this French version to Dr. Jacques Gibelin (1744-1828). Ford notes that the part written by Franklin alone covers to the year 1731 with the remainder of his life translated from Wilmer's Memoirs of Franklin, with considerable alterations. Aside from Poor Richard's Almanac, the Autobiography is Franklin's best known and most important work. A classic piece of American biography,wherein Franklin tells the story of his climb, from poverty to success and influence, with the aid of thrift, frugality, industry, and wit. It is also one of the best pictures of life in Philadelphia during his youth and middle age. Franklin is wonderfully frank about people with whom he was involved and his own motives for his actions. Even today, it is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in the history and character of Colonial and Revolutionary America. Ref: Howes F323 (b); Streeter Sale 4171; Ford 383 (pp. 183-184); Grolier American 100, 21; Sabin 25549. EXTREMELY RARE. UNCUT - IN THE ORIGINAL WRAPS WITH LABEL. **PRICE JUST REDUCED! CHEST 1/3. 1st Edition. Soft cover. Very Good.
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