Life Of Benjamin Franklin Founding Father Autobiography/americana Very Rare 1796
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EXCEEDINGLYSCARCE, ORIGINAL 1796 EDITION OF "THE LIFE OF DR. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, WRITTEN BY HIMSELF." This important 18th century work was written by Benjamin Franklin and printed by Cushing and Carlton, Salem [Massachusetts]. As with all earlyversions of this seminal text, thiseditionowes its originto an English translation ofthe original French edition (Paris, 1791) attributed to Dr. Jacques Gibelin [See Quérard]. Preceded only by editions at New York, Philadelphia, and Danbury [Connecticut], this is a first Salem edition, and a First Edition thus. We could not locate another copy in private hands. Evans 30443; ESTC W17007. For more on the convoluted history of Benjamin Franklin's autobiography,penned byhim infour different periods (1706-1731, 1731, 1731-1757, and 1757-1759),along withthe many iterations foundin print, see "Franklin Biography: A List of Books written by, or relating to, Benjamin Franklin" by Paul Leicester Ford (Brooklyn, 1889) pp. 379-383. Benjamin Franklin was a signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and is considered one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. His profound influence on America's early history has led to his being jocularly called "the only President of the United States who was never President of the United States." Today, Franklin's iconiclikeness can be found virtuallyeverywhere. Since 1928, it has adorned $100 bills, which are sometimes referred to in slang as "Benjamins" or "Franklins." From 1948 to 1963 Franklin's portrait was on the half dollar and he has also appeared on a $50 bill along with several varieties of the $100 bill from 1914 and 1918. The city of Philadelphia alone contains some 5,000 likenesses of Benjamin Franklin, manyof which are located on the University of Pennsylvania campus. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was one of the mostinfluential and well knownFounding 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 facilitated many civic organizations, including a fire department and a university. 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 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." Franklin, always proud of his working class roots, became a successful newspaper editor and printer in Philadelphia, the leading city in the colonies. He was also partners with William Goddard and Joseph Galloway the three of whom published the "Pennsylvania Chronicle", a newspaper that was known for its revolutionary sentiments and criticisms of the British monarchy in the American colonies. He became wealthy publishing "Poor Richard's Almanack" and "The Pennsylvania Gazette". Franklin gained international renown as a scientist for his famous experiments in electricity and for his many inventions, especially the lightning rod. He played a major role in establishing the University of Pennsylvania and was elected the first president of the American Philosophical Society. Franklin became a national hero in America when he spearheaded the effort to have Parliament repeal the unpopular Stamp Act. An accomplished diplomat, he was widely admired among the French as American minister to Paris and was a major figure in the development of positive Franco-American relations. For many years he was the British postmaster for the colonies, which enabled him to set up the first national communications network. He was active in community affairs, colonial and state politics, as well as national and international affairs. From 1785 to 1788, he served as governor of Pennsylvania. Toward the end of his life, he freed his slaves and became one of the most prominent abolitionists. His colorful life and legacy of scientific and political achievement, and status as one of America's most influential Founding Fathers, have seen Franklin honored on coinage and money; warships; the names of many towns, counties, educational institutions, namesakes, and companies; and more than two centuries after his death, countless cultural references. Condition: Rare book remains in fair condition only[see images]. Volume bound in contemporary calf; cover worn with remnant strip of leather remaining along joint, spine perished, joints cracked with covers loosening, toning, scattered spotting, foxing, small closed tear, occasional edge wear, a few loosening leaves, etc. Volume collates: iv, , 6-132 page (complete); and measures approx 6.5" tall x 4" wide x .5" thick. Quite a find and a very worthy acquisition indeed. Payment and Shipping: Please see our response and offer with confidence. Never a reserve and very low opening offer as always. For international shipping quote, please contact us. buyers with no established response must contact us before offerding. Massachusetts residents must add 6.25% sales tax or include dealer tax resale number. Payment must be received within 7 days after close of sale. Thanks for your interest!
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