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by National Book Auctions
November 18, 2012, 12:00 PM EST | Ithaca, NY, US    Live Auction

Lot 1426: Benjamin Franklin (Printer) THE CONFESSION OF FAITH, THE LARGER & SHORTER CATECHISMS 1745 Westminster Confession of Faith (270 views)

Benjamin Franklin (Printer) THE CONFESSION OF FAITH, THE LARGER & SHORTER CATECHISMS 1745 Westminster Confession of Faith
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,250
Description: Title: The Confession of Faith, the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, with the Scripture Proofs at Large. Together with the Sum of Saving Knowledge (Contain'd in the Holy Scriptures, and Held Forth in the Said Confession and Catechisms) and Practical Use Thereof; Covenants National and Solemn League, Acknowledgement of Sins and Engagement to Duties, Directories, Form of Church-Government, &c. Of Public-Authority in the Church of Scotland. With Acts of Assembly and Parliament, Relative to, and Approbative of the Same Author: Benjamin Franklin - Dr. Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A noted polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and the glass 'armonica'. He formed both the first public lending library in America and the first fire department in Pennsylvania. Franklin earned the title of "The First American" for his early and indefatigable campaigning for colonial unity; as an author and spokesman in London for several colonies, then as the first United States Ambassador to France, he exemplified the emerging American nation. Franklin was foundational in defining the American ethos as a marriage of the practical and democratic values of thrift, hard work, education, community spirit, self-governing institutions, and opposition to authoritarianism both political and religious, with the scientific and tolerant values of the Enlightenment. In the words of historian Henry Steele Commager, "In a Franklin could be merged the virtues of Puritanism without its defects, the illumination of the Enlightenment without its heat." To Walter Isaacson, this makes Franklin "the most accomplished American of his age and the most influential in inventing the type of society America would become." Publisher: Benjamin Franklin City: Philadelphia Year: 1745 Binding Style: Hardcover Pagination: 567 pages plus 23 unnumbered pages of table Width: 4.75" Height: 7.25" Book Details: Franklin printing of the Westminster Confession of Faith Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in full black leather, with raised bands. Book shows external wear, with cracking to spine and minor loss at outside corners of boards. Binding is firm. Faint stains are visible to fore and bottom edge. Previous owners' names can be seen on front flyleaf. Pages show foxing and water markings. Final two pages of the table show soiling and/or tearing, with minor loss of text to penultimate page and more serious loss to upper outside corner of final page. It should be noted that this book contains genealogical information relating to Richard Van Pelt and Elizabeth Myers, with hand-written annotation stating the date of their marriage in 1793 and the birth of their daughter later the same year. For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $4.50
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Lot 1426: Benjamin Franklin (Printer) THE CONFESSION OF FAITH, THE LARGER & SHORTER CATECHISMS 1745 Westminster Confession of Faith
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November 18, 2012, 12:00 PM EST