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The Works of Benjamin Franklin. Containing Several Political and Historical Tracts not included in any former Edition, and many Letters Official and Private not hitherto published. With Notes and a Life of the Author, by Jared Sparks.
Boston: Tappan and Whittemore, 1844. EARLY 'SPARKS' EDITION. 10 volumes, octavo (23 x 16cm). Portrait frontispiece to volume one. Handsomely bound in recent half brown morocco with gilt-titled red leather labels, raised bands, marbled sides, top edges gilt. Minor offset from engraved title else clean within. Externally fine. An attractive early printing of Jared Sparks' famous edition of Franklin's writings. Published as ten volumes by Hilliard Gray from 1836-1840, the present set was issued by Tappan and Whittemore, being dated [1844] solely in the 'Life of Franklin' volume. "Mr. Sparks added some six hundred and fifty pieces to what had before been printed in editions of Franklin's writings, with many long and scholarly notes, which, in spite of succeeding editions, still makes this among the most valuable." P.L. Ford's Franklin Bibliography, p. 273.
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