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by National Book Auctions
January 27, 2013, 12:00 PM EST | Ithaca, NY, US    Live Auction

Lot 4088: WORKS OF THE LATE DR. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN 1794 Two-Volumes-In-One Antique Leather Binding Biography Essays Early American History (190 views)

WORKS OF THE LATE DR. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN 1794 Two-Volumes-In-One Antique Leather Binding Biography Essays Early American History
Estimate: $100 - $250
Description: Title: Works of the Late Dr. Benjamin Franklin; Consisting of His Life, Written by Himself, together with Essays, Humourous, Moral & Literary; Chiefly in the Manner of The Spectator 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: Samuel Campbell, Bookseller City: New York Year: 1794 Printing Information: Second Edition Binding Style: Hardcover Number of Volumes: 1 Complete: Yes Pagination: 142 pages Width: 4.75" Height: 7" Book Details: Condition / Notes: This is a scarce two-in-one volume edition of the second American edition. Antique volume has been rebound in three-quarter leather over marbled paper-covered boards, with stamped gilt lettering and raised bands. Book shows external wear, with rubbing visible at edges and raised bands. Binding is sound. Front flyleaf has been excised. Pages display scattered foxing. 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 4088: WORKS OF THE LATE DR. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN 1794 Two-Volumes-In-One Antique Leather Binding Biography Essays Early American History
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January 27, 2013, 12:00 PM EST