THE "FIRST GREAT AMERICAN": FRANKLIN’S COMPLETE WORKS, 1806
FRANKLIN, Benjamin. Complete Works. London, 1806. Three volumes.
First collected edition of Franklin's Complete Works, including his autobiography, "Way to Wealth," numerous political writings including "Causes of the American Discontents before 1768" and works on the Stamp Act, and adding for the first time his scientific writings, with an engraved frontispiece portrait, engraved vignette title pages, 13 plates (nine folding, one double-page) and a folding map of the Gulf Stream, this copy with the armorial bookplates of the Pull Court estate of a distinguished British family, whose lineage includes William Dowdeswell, a Member of Parliament from 1747-75 who was praised by Franklin in 1766 as one of America's "firm friends." $4500.