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FRANKLIN, Benjamin.

The Works.

Containing several political and historical tracts not included in any former edition, and many letters official and private not hitherto published; with notes and a life of the author by Jared Sparks.

London: Benjamin Franklin Stevens, [1882] Stock Code: 126630
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An attractive library set of this important edition, edited by the "pioneering documentary editor" (ANB) Jared Sparks (1789-1866), originally published between 1833 and 1840. Sparks was known to take liberties with original texts and "corrected ... where he thought Franklin guilty of bad taste or vulgarity" (DAB). The publisher, American Benjamin Franklin Stevens (1833-1902), was a bibliographer and for some three decades US despatch agent in London, having charge of mail intended for United States Navy vessels serving on Atlantic or European stations. Among British and Irish institutional libraries, Library Hub cites sets of this edition at Glasgow, London Library and Manchester.

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Octavo, 10 volumes. Original brown cloth, titles to spines with gilt fillet surround, gilt Aldine dolphin-and-anchor device to foot of spines, plain cream endpapers.


With author's portrait to front of the first volume, and occasional illustrations throughout the set; title pages printed in red and black.


Bookplates of one Joseph A. Williamson (d. 1991), restaurateur, of Villanova, PA. Minor wear to front gutter of vol. I, tips of spines bumped and corners rubbed, a very good set.


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