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DR. B. FRANKLIN'S ESSAYS 1820, Franklin, Benjamin : Bigelow, John
1 DR. B. FRANKLIN'S ESSAYS 1820 Franklin, Benjamin : Bigelow, John
London John Sharpe 1820 Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
frontis; 164 pages; Bound in full decorative calf leather with stamped cover pattern and two creme colored leather spine labels. Gilt is faded. Contents is clean and firm. Free end papers are stained. ; 0 36394 
Price: 89.30 USD
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FIRST ANNUAL REPORT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE OF THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA, FOR THE PROMOTION OF THE MECHANICAL ARTS. TO WHICH ARE PREFIXED THE CHARTER, CONSTITUTION, AND BY-LAWS OF THE INSTITUTE, WITH A LIST OF THE MEMBERS AND OFFICERS, Franklin Institute
2 FIRST ANNUAL REPORT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE OF THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA, FOR THE PROMOTION OF THE MECHANICAL ARTS. TO WHICH ARE PREFIXED THE CHARTER, CONSTITUTION, AND BY-LAWS OF THE INSTITUTE, WITH A LIST OF THE MEMBERS AND OFFICERS Franklin Institute
Philadelphia Published By Order of the Institute. J. Harding, Printer 1825 First Edition Hardcover Very Good- with no dust jacket 
8vo 8" - 9" tall; 107 pages; First annual report of the proceedings of the franklin institute of the state of pennsylvania, for the promotion of the mechanical arts. To which are prefixed the charter, constitution, and by-laws of the institute, with a list of the members and officers. Worldcat locates 15 copies in institutions. Original first ediiton of pamphlet with original wraps nicely bound in full brown morocco leather. Contents in Good condition with toning, stains and some minor crinkling. A difficult item to find. Sabin #25656. ; 0 33465 
Price: 281.95 USD
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MISCELLANIES MORAL AND INSTRUCTIVE IN PROSE AND VERSE…., {benjamin Franklin]
3 MISCELLANIES MORAL AND INSTRUCTIVE IN PROSE AND VERSE…. {benjamin Franklin]
Burlington Neale & Kammerer 1796 Hardcover Very Good- with no dust jacket 
16mo 6" - 7" tall; 198 pages; Rosenbach #121. Page (4) is a letter of commendation from BENJAMIN FRANKLIN to the anonymous editor, who may have been Mrs. Martha Moore, or John Ralling. Contents tight, foxing throughout. Front interior hinge cracked, ownership in ink ffep, some flaking to leather. Laid in is a copy from Ronsenbach's bibliography noting this book. ; 0 32020 
Price: 187.95 USD
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THE RECORD OF THE CELEBRATION OF THE TWO HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN [6 VOLS. CT], [Franklin, Benjamin]
4 THE RECORD OF THE CELEBRATION OF THE TWO HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN [6 VOLS. CT] [Franklin, Benjamin]
Philadelphia American Philosophical Society, 1906-1908 First Edition hardcover Near Fine with no dust jacket 
royal 8 vo; 6 vols. Orig. Green cloth, spines gilt, T. E. G. , other edges untrimmed; quite minor wear. Frontis. Bright, tight set. Contets fine , clean and bright. Includes the four volumes originally published along with subsequent volumes V and VI. Top edge gilt. ; 12 31615 
Price: 140.95 USD
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THE WORKS BY HIMSELF, Franklin, Benjamin Dr 1706-1790
5 THE WORKS BY HIMSELF Franklin, Benjamin Dr 1706-1790
London K Limbird 1824 Paperback Very Good with no dust jacket 
Essays; Engravings; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 109 pages; Rebound in later brown wraps. A few textural engravings. Stain to LL corner of title page, otherwise contents VG and bright. ; 0 27587 
Price: 70.45 USD
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The Works Of Benjamin Franklin [10 Volumes Complete], Franklin, Benjamin Dr 1706-1790; Ed Jared Sparks
6 The Works Of Benjamin Franklin [10 Volumes Complete] Franklin, Benjamin Dr 1706-1790; Ed Jared Sparks
Benjamin Franklin Stevens 1882 Hardcover Very Good+ with no dust jacket 
frontis; "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." Large 8vo 10.5" x 7". Bound in punlisher's brown [terra cotta], cloth withe title and device in gilt on spine. Light foxing to free end papers. Otherwise contents are clean and VG+. Sound, tight, and straight with solid hinges. Text block edges uncut. Engraved frontis' dated in design to about 1777. Volume I, 612 pages; Volume II, 557 pp; Volume III, 577 pp; Volume IV, 539 pp; Volume V, 516 pp; Volume VI, 578 pp; Volume VII, 568 pp; Volume VIII, 554 pp, Volume IX, 550 pp; Volume X, 540 pp. Weight about 33 pounds. ; 33 34989 
Price: 935.30 USD
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TWO TRACTS: INFORMATION TO THOSE WHO WOULD REMOVE TO AMERICA AND REMARKS CONCERNING THE SAVAGES OF NORTH AMERICA, Benjamin Franklin
7 TWO TRACTS: INFORMATION TO THOSE WHO WOULD REMOVE TO AMERICA AND REMARKS CONCERNING THE SAVAGES OF NORTH AMERICA Benjamin Franklin
London John Stockdale 1784 Third Edition Hardcover Good+ with no dust jacket 
8vo 8" - 9" tall; 39, [1] pages; Bound in marbled boards with leather spine, scarce early edition of an essay by Benjamin Franklin on America, with a section on the "Savages of North-America." The volume shows external age/wear, with the front board detached, and is solidly bound with modestly aged pages. The book measures approximately 5.5" x 8.75" . Ex Long Island Historical Society. Marking consists of stamp in blue ink and library label on back cover. The first of these tracts was written by Dr. Franklin, on account of numerous applications made to him by persons desirous of emigrating to America, with sanguine expectations, in order that they might not be disappointed on their arrival. {The second tract is a reprint of our No. 25578, supra, Sabin 25594. Original edition was Ford 367; Sabin 25594}. The work was reprinted five times within the year. ; 0 31137 
Price: 2157.30 USD
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