Collection of the Familiar Letters and Miscellaneous Papers

Benjamin FRANKLIN   |   Jared SPARKS

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(SPARKS, Jared) FRANKLIN, Benjamin. A Collection of the Familiar Letters and Miscellaneous Papers of Benjamin Franklin. Now for First Time Published. Boston: Charles Bowen, 1833. Octavo, original rose cloth, original printed paper spine label, uncut.

First edition of this collection of Franklin letters and papers gathered by Jared Sparks in the course of his historical researches. A very nice copy in the original cloth.

In the summer of 1823, future owner and editor of the North American Review and president of Harvard College Jared Sparks wrote in his diary, "Meditating on the importance of having a new history of America." His great ambition was to write the full history of the American Revolution, for which he began gathering materials in the archives of the original 13 states and in Europe. These 128 Franklin letters, "almost all strictly of a private and domestic nature," and six papers were collected by Sparks during this research for his great Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution (1829-30). He also edited The Writings of George Washington (1834-37), The Works of Benjamin Franklin (1836-40), and The Life of Benjamin Franklin (1844), containing a continuation of Franklin's autobiography. Sparks hoped the Letters would show the "general effusions of [Franklin's] mind and heart, expressing alike the native warmth of his feelings, and the sincerity of his attachments." First edition: precedes the first English edition. "Though the title states that the contents are 'for the first time published,' some of the letters had been printed before. The Miscellaneous Papers consists of Franklin's MS annotations from five pamphlets formerly in the Athenaeum of Philadelphia: Walpole's Grant, and the Graven Street Gazette" (Ford 580). Ford 580. Shaw & Shoemaker 18878. Old bookseller's invoice laid in.

Occasional faint foxing, mild toning to edges and spine, some minor soiling to delicate rose-colored cloth. An extremely good copy.

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