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Franklin, Benjamin
Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin: Written By Himself and Continued by His Grandson and Others.
McCarty & Davis, Philadelphia, 1834. First edition thus of the most widely read edition of the collected personal, philosophical, and political memoirs of Benjamin Franklin. Octavo, bound in full contemporary calf with gilt titles, morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers, engraved vignette to the titles page and engraved frontispiece to volume II, twelve engraved folding plates including the chart of the Atlantic Ocean exhibiting the course of the Gulf Stream. In very good condition. A very nice example. The most widely read of all American autobiographies, Franklin's Memoirs first appeared during his lifetime, and went through several revisions and augmentations including the present volume which was published forty-four years after his death and became the most widely read of every edition (Grolier American, 100). Franklin's grandson William Temple Franklin edited a three volume set of his grandfather's memoirs and writings in 1819; the basis for the present volume which contains his preface in addition to comprehensive chapters covering in detail every aspect of the great American polymath's life including the progress of his political and moral philosophies and his experimentation with electricity. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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