The Private Life of Benjamin Franklin, LL.D. Late Minister Plenipotentiary from the United States of America to France, &c. &c. &c. Originally Written by Himself, and now translated from the French. To which are added, some account of his public life, a variety of anecdotes concerning him, by M.M. Brissot, Condorcet, Rochefoucault, Le Roy, &c. &c. and the Eulogium of M. Fauchet, Constitutional Bishop of the Department of Calvados, and a Member of the National Convention. Benjamin Franklin.

The Private Life of Benjamin Franklin, LL.D. Late Minister Plenipotentiary from the United States of America to France, &c. &c. &c. Originally Written by Himself, and now translated from the French. To which are added, some account of his public life, a variety of anecdotes concerning him, by M.M. Brissot, Condorcet, Rochefoucault, Le Roy, &c. &c. and the Eulogium of M. Fauchet, Constitutional Bishop of the Department of Calvados, and a Member of the National Convention

London: Printed for J. Parsons, 1793. First edition in English. 8vo: xvi, 324 with 251/2 misnumbered for 249/250; A-X8, Y2. Half-title present. Rebacked to style with gilt lettered brown leather label, original calf boards, new endpapers. Edges sprinkled red. Hole in bottom margin of D8; last 8 leaves slightly foxed. An exceptionally bright, fresh copy with no ownership inscription. Fine. Item #018752

The first edition of this work was translated from English MSS and published in French in 1791 with editiorial additions; this edition was re-translated from the French with yet more additions by the editor. See Ford, and Samuel A. Green's "The Story of a Famous Book" for an account of the tortured history of the text of this seminal work of American literature. Ford 386; Howes F327; Sabin 25573.

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