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MEMOIRES DE LA VIE PRIVEE DE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, ECRITS PAR LUI-MEME, ET ADRESSES A SON FILS...
Paris: Chez Buisson, 1791. [2],vi,156,[207]pp. (pp.204-207 misnumbered 360-363). Contemporary mottled calf, neatly rebacked, with original boards and original spine label laid down. Minor abrasions to boards. Mild occasional toning. Very good. First edition, preceding any English-language printing, of Franklin's autobiography. This is certainly Franklin's best known book, and a classic Americanum in which he tells the story of his climb, through thrift and frugality, from poverty to success and influence. It is also one of the best pictures of life in Philadelphia during his youth and middle age. Franklin is remarkably candid throughout the work about people with whom he was involved and his own motives for his actions. The first British edition appeared in 1793, followed by the first American printing in 1794. HOWES F323, "b." STREETER SALE 4171. FORD 383. GROLIER AMERICAN 100, 21. SABIN 25549.
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