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Limited Editions Club The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Limited Editions Club The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Limited Editions Club The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Limited Editions Club The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Limited Editions Club The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Limited Editions Club The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Limited Editions Club The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Limited Editions Club The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Limited Editions Club The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Limited Editions Club The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Limited Editions Club The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Limited Editions Club The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Ben Franklin (1706-90), author, scientist/inventor, printer/publisher, diplomat, Founding Father, commenced his Autobiography in 1771 but did not complete it although he did add a few more pages at several later intervals. Autobiography breaks off abruptly during the accounts of the year 1757, with a few random comments on the years 1757-59. It was published in England, France, and Germany before the American editionof 1818, but the complete work did not appear in English until 1867.

This account is the epitome of Franklin's spirit. In it one can see him as a typical though great example of 18th century enlightenment, a Yankee Puritan who could agree with Rousseau aand Voltaire, and use the language of Defoe and Addison with a genial homely twang.

His style, perfectly adapted to the ends to which he devoted it, is lucid, precise and salty, revealing both his mental and moral temper. His mind was pragmatic, and though his greatest enthusiasm was reserved for science, he had a mellow tolerance for all types of thought. With candor and common sense, he relished the various turns in his life and took them easily, understanding and sharing the Gallic spirit whle remaining pungently American. Our edition was completely prepared by the legendary printer John Henry Nash of San Francisco.

The text we have is that of the middle of the 19th century by John Bigelow, with his many erudite and charming notes. O'Day has provided us with an Introduction and marginal glosses. Nash's final product for us is a mixture of magnificence, of grandeur and yet of simplicity.

For our text, Nash chose the Caslon all-purpose type. The type in black, and the rules in pale brown, are printed upon a toned rag paper especially made for our book, on Mr. Nash's order, by the American Writing Paper Company.

For the frontispiece, we have an original etching by William Wilke, as well as his border designs throughout the text. The book is bound with a spine of natural vellum, with the title of the book appearing in dark brown. The sides are bound in marbled paper imported from France. This is copy number 479 of 1500 and is signed by John Henry Nash. The offer includes the absolutely essential four page Limited Editions Club Monthly Letter.

This LEC title is very, very seldom made available for sale in the market place, and even more seldom with a decent slipcase, and just as rarely with the Monthly Letter. The offer would make a tremendous addition to any quality library of Americana, and would be an awesome gift for a special friend/colleague for any celebration.

Thank you for reading this presentation, and good luck in your searches. Feel free to write me with any questions.

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  • Year Printed: 1931
  • Topic: autobiography
  • Binding: spine-natural vellum/covers-marbled French paper
  • Illustrator: William Wilke
  • Author: Benjamin Franklin
  • Subject: life of benjamin Franklin
  • Publisher: Limited Editions Club
  • Place of Publication: John Henry Nash/San Francisco
  • Special Attributes: Collector's Edition, Illustrated, Inscribed, Limited Edition, Numbered


Limited Editions Club The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin