1806. London: Printed for J. Johnson, St. Paul’s Church-Yard; and Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme, Paternoster-Row, 1806.
Three vols., 8vo., xiv, -440, [36 index]; vi, -468; [x], -552 pp., one engraved frontis portrait and three vignette titles, 12 engraved plates as issued, some fold-out, and one fold-out table. Contemporary half calf hand tooled in blind, and marbled paper boards, backstrip with four wide raised bands decorated in gilt, with title strip in black and lettered in gilt, all edges red. Boards and edges a bit rubbed and bumped, minor scattered foxing; very good.
§ First edition thus. The works of Dr. Franklin were first brought together in 1751, in a pamphlet which consisted of letters on the subject of electricity, it was enlarged in 1752 and again in 1754. In 1766 letters on the subject of philosophy were added, which amounted to a quarto volume of 500 pages. In 1779 another collection was printed by a new editor in both quarto and octavo, of papers which had not appeared in the previous editions, of Political, Miscellaneous, and Philosophical Pieces. In 1787 a third collection of Philosophical and Miscellaneous Papers was published in an octavo edition. Finally in 1793, a two volume Memoirs of Dr. Franklin’s Life, and Essays humourous, moral and literary, chiefly in the Manner of the Spectator, was the fourth to be published. The present set combines all of these previously published works, including some published for the first time in England. Item #108431