"Reader if thou wilt do the fame, thy profit will be as great as mine": Exceptionally rare printing of Benjamin Franklin's An Old Man's Experience, or Poor Richard's Maxims Improved

  • An Old Man’s Experience, or Poor Richard’s Maxims Improved.
  • An Old Man's Experience, or Poor Richard's Maxims Improved.

An Old Man’s Experience, or Poor Richard’s Maxims Improved.

$7,500.00

Item Number: 96182

Philadelphia: B. Franklin, and D. Hall, 1749.

Rare printing of Benjamin Franklin’s An Old Man’s Experience, or Poor Richard’s Maxims Improved, published under the pseudonym Richard Saunders in full, “An Old Man’s Experience, or, Poor Richard’s Maxims Improved. Reader, if you buy this Book, and seriously consider its contents, though it cost thee but a Trifle, it may save thee Many Pounds.” Small octavo, original wrappers as issued. In very good condition with tape repair to the spine and rear panel. Exceptionally rare, with no other copies matching this title and pagination have come to auction.

Published under the pseudonym “Richard Saunders” by American statesman and inventor Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack appeared continuously each year from 1732 to 1758. Containing meteorological, astrological and astronomical information as typical almanacs of the period contained, Poor Richard’s Almanac is chiefly remembered as a repository for Franklin’s unique aphorisms and proverbs which live on in contemporary American English. With print runs reaching 10,000 per year, the pamphlet sold exceptionally well and became a source of both economic success and fame for its author. Poor Richard's Maxims improved contains a lengthy Cure for the Spleen.

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