Works of the late Doctor Benjamin Franklin
Works of the Late Doctor Benjamin Franklin.
Item Number: 79083
London: G. G. J. and J. Robinson, 1794.
The rare third edition of the works of Benjamin Franklin. Small octavo, 2 volumes, bound in contemporary tree sheep, rebacked with later gilt-ruled tan calf, contemporary red morocco spine labels, new endpapers, vignette portraits on title pages. In very good condition with light toning and rubbing. A very nice example.
Hailed as the "first great American" by historian Frederick Jackson Turner, America's "first philosopher" by David Hume and "one of the most sensible men that ever lived" by Emerson, Benjamin Franklin, in both his life and writings, "held true to a fundamental ideal with unwavering and at times heroic fortitude: a faith in the wisdom of the common citizen" (Isaacson, 478-93).