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A MONUMENTAL BENJAMIN FRANKLIN LETTER SIGNED: HAVING JUST RECEIVED NEWS OF CONTINUED FRENCH SUPPORT FOR THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, FRANKLIN USES THE FUNDS TO OUTFIT LAFAYETTE'S 10,000 TROOPS, WHICH LED TO A TURNING POINT IN THE WAR—THIS LETTER WAS LAST ON THE MARKET AND COVETED 140 YEARS AGO

FRANKLIN, Benjamin. Letter signed. Passy, December 22, 1779.

Splendid letter boldly signed by Benjamin Franklin from the Revolutionary War, discussing funds received from France to outfit Lafayette's 10,000 troops, which led to a turning point in the war. Not seen on the market for more than 100 years, a fine, rare, and desirable Franklin letter with excellent content. $45,000.

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“MANY… COULD NOT HAVE EXPECTED SO MUCH POLITICAL KNOWLEDGE AND SAGACITY HAD EXISTED IN OUR WILDERNESS… OUR CONSTITUTIONS IN GENERAL ARE MUCH ADMIRED” (FRANKLIN)

(FRANKLIN, Benjamin) (CONSTITUTION). Constitutions des Treize Etats-Unis. A Philadelphie [i.e. Paris]; Et se trouve a Paris, 1783.

Rare first French edition, one of only 600 copies (including 100 large paper), of the Constitutions of the Several Independent States (1781), proposed by Franklin while America's ambassador to the French Court and amidst his negotiations for peace with Great Britain. This exceptional edition, octavo issue, contains "over 50 footnotes by [Franklin], and shows on title the United States seal… its first appearance in a book" (Howes C716). $8500.

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“THINGS WORTH READING… THINGS WORTH THE WRITING”

FRANKLIN, Benjamin. Works of Benjamin Franklin. New York, 1904. Twelve volumes.

“Collector’s Federal Edition” of the scientific essays, public and private correspodence and the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin—the Revolutionary philosopher, scientist and statesman who “snatched the lightning shaft from heaven and the sceptre from tyrants” (A.R.J. Turgot)—one of only 1000 sets and number 182 of 600 of those sets signed and numbered by the publisher, with tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece portraits of Franklin on vellum in each volume. $7500.

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“THE MOST WIDELY READ OF ALL AMERICAN AUTOBIOGRAPHIES”

FRANKLIN, Benjamin. Memoires de la Vie Privee de Benjamin Franklin. Paris, 1791.

True first edition (preceding the first English edition by two years), in two parts, of Franklin’s renowned autobiography, “the most widely read of all American autobiographies,” scarce in contemporary calf. $7000.

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"THE FIRST GREAT AMERICAN": MEMOIRS OF THE LIFE AND WRITINGS OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

FRANKLIN, Benjamin. Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Benjamin Franklin. London, 1818-19. Six volumes.

Third English octavo edition, preceded by the same year's first quarto and first octavo editions, featuring the first three parts of Franklin's Autobiography as originally written by him, along with one of the first printings in any form of the third part (1731-57) and his grandson's continuation to 1790, also containing Franklin's extensive correspondence and posthumous writings. With engraved frontispiece plates (I, II), folding facsimile of Franklin's handwriting (III), and seven engraved plates (five folding) including folding map of the Gulf Stream (VI). A splendid set, rarely found complete, bound in contemporary calf gilt by White of London. $5200.

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“A MORAL CRUSADE”

(SLAVERY) (FRANKLIN, Benjamin). Constitution of the Pennsylvania Society. Philadelphia, 1787.

First edition, with corrected title page, of the scarce second printed constitution of the first American abolition society, with Benjamin Franklin listed as president, Benjamin Rush as secretary and Thomas Paine as its Clerk of the General Assembly, a model for subsequent abolition societies and a founding document in the struggle against slavery, in original wrappers. From the estate of William W. Scranton, the influential governor of Pennsylvania who was, like Franklin, noted for his statesmanship. $4800.

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PRINTED IN 1757 BY FRANKLIN AND HALL, EXCEPTIONALLY SCARCE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION OF TWO MAJOR QUAKER WORKS IN ONE VOLUME,

(FRANKLIN PRINTING) BARCLAY, Robert. Anarchy of the Ranters. WITH: Epistle to… Quakers. Philadelphia, 1757.

First American edition of this collection of two key Quaker works, published by the printing firm of Benjamin Franklin and David Hall “on behalf of the Society of Friends” (Miller 655), featuring Scottish-born Barclay’s influential Treatise on Christian Discipline, issued under its original title of Anarchy of the Ranters (1676)—“one of the most impressive theological writings of the century”—with An Epistle (1726) by Irish-born Quaker Pike, rare in contemporary sheep boards. $4800.

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RARE 1757 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AND DAVID HALL IMPRINT, FIRST AMERICAN EDITION OF PIKE'S EPISTLE TO THE NATIONAL MEETING OF FRIENDS, IN DUBLIN

(FRANKLIN, Benjamin) PIKE, Joseph. Epistle to the National Meeting of Friends in Dublin. Philadelphia, 1757.

First American edition of Joseph Pike's influential Quaker work, a rare imprint of the firm of Franklin and Hall, issued near the same time Franklin became a representative for the Pennsylvania Assembly and the colonies of Massachusetts, Georgia and New Jersey in Britain, handsomely bound in full morocco. $4500.

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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.

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“A DISTINCTLY AMERICAN CHARACTER OF PUBLIC SERVICE FOR THE AMERICAN PRESS”: RARE 1759 FRANKLIN AND HALL IMPRINT

(FRANKLIN, Benjamin, printer) RUTTY, John. Liberty of the Spirit. Dublin, Printed: Philadelphia Reprinted by, 1759.

First American edition of Quaker John Rutty’s work on spiritual and civic values, printed in Philadelphia by the firm of Benjamin Franklin and David Hall in 1759, with rarely found original front paper wrapper. $3500.

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“POOR RICHARD HAD NO RIVAL”

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) (FRANKLIN, Benjamin) SAUNDERS, Richard. Poor Richard Improved. Philadelphia, 1766.

Scarce first edition of the first Poor Richard printed by Franklin’s successors, Hall and Sellers, issued in Philadelphia one year after the incendiary Stamp Act triggered colonial rebellion, containing the woodcut “Anatomy of Man’s Body as govern’d by the Twelve Constellations” and woodcut headpieces for each of the 12 months of 1767, along with a lengthy extract from Dr. Tissot’s popular Advice to the People, entirely uncut and in rarely found original self-wrappers. $2800.

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“THE FIRST COLLECTION OF FRANKLIN’S WRITINGS IN ANY LANGUAGE”

FRANKLIN, Benjamin. Oeuvres. Paris, 1773. Two volumes.

First edition of a landmark collection of Franklin’s scientific, philosophical and political writings—“the first major translation of Franklin’s scientific works into French”—edited by his friend Barbeu-Dubourg, including Franklin’s landmark series of letters on electricity to Peter Collinson, his Observations Concerning the Increase of Mankind—“one of Franklin’s most important tracts”—his pre-Revolutionary letters to British commander William Shirley, his correspondence with the young Polly Stevenson, and “several pieces not included in any former edition” (Ford), a handsome wide-margined two-volume copy, with engraved frontispiece of Franklin and 12 engraved plates, scarce in contemporary calf. Text in French. $2200.

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"AT PALMER'S I WAS EMPLOYED IN COMPOSING… WOLLASTON'S RELIGION OF NATURE"

(FRANKLIN, Benjamin) WOLLASTON, William. Religion of Nature Delineated. London, 1725.

1725 edition of a Wollaston work especially famed as one of the earliest works printed by the young Franklin in London, inspiring Franklin—in a "private give-and-take with the printed page"—to craft a response in one of his earliest works, the virtually unobtainable Dissertation on Liberty. $1800.

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