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THE COMPLETE WORKS OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN. First Complete Edition. Printed in 1806. Complete in 3 volumes. Full Title: 'The Complete Works in Philosophy, Politics, and Morals, of the Late Dr. Benjamin Franklin, Now First Collected and Arranged: With Memories of His Early Life.’ by  Benjamin Franklin - First Complete Edition - 1806 - from Merchants Rare Books (SKU: 5017)

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN. First Complete Edition. Printed in 1806. Complete in 3 volumes. Full Title: 'The Complete Works in Philosophy, Politics, and Morals, of the Late Dr. Benjamin Franklin, Now First Collected and Arranged: With Memories of His Early Life.’

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THE COMPLETE WORKS OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN. First Complete Edition. Printed in 1806. Complete in 3 volumes. Full Title: 'The Complete Works in Philosophy, Politics, and Morals, of the Late Dr. Benjamin Franklin, Now First Collected and Arranged: With Memories of His Early Life.’

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THE COMPLETE WORKS OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN!FIRST COMPLETE EDITION.Complete in 3 volumes.Printed in 1806.
________This edition of Franklin's Works was edited by "Mr. Marshall… [who] used much diligence in searching for essays and papers, that had not before been comprised in any collection" (Ford 550). (The Bibliography of Benjamin Franklin by Ford.)

Printed in 1806.This set is over 200 years old.
Complete in 3 large volumes.Complete with all fold-outs and plates.


First Complete Edition of The Complete Works of Benjamin Franklin.Printed in London.By J. Cundee for J. Johnson, Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme
In Very Good Condition. Archivally re-backed for longevity, retaining the original calf boards, with very clean, amply margined leaves. Complete in All Respects With Frontispiece and Twelve Plates, being 13 plates total.Complete with all 13 plates/fold-outs. In highly presentable condition.This is a truly gorgeous and highly giftable set.



__________Early and incomplete editions of the Works of Benjamin Franklin are as follows:
This edition of Franklin's Works was edited by "Mr. Marshall… [who] used much diligence in searching for essays and papers, that had not before been comprised in any collection" (Ford 550). (The Bibliography of Benjamin Franklin by Ford.)

Scarce 1806 three-volume edition of Franklin's Works, published within two decades of his death, containing his autobiography, extensive "Letters and Papers on Electricity," "Way to Wealth," numerous political writings including "Causes of the American Discontents before 1768," works on the Stamp Act and three essays collected here for the first time, with an engraved frontispiece portrait (Vol. I), 13 plates (ten folding) and a folding map of the Gulf Stream
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 "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).
This handsome 1806 edition of Franklin's Works, published within two decades of his death, offers rich evidence of the pragmatic brilliance in the words of this Founding Father who was described as "a great genius" even by his adversary John Adams. Featured in these three volumes is a retranslation of Franklin's famed autobiography (first published in French in 1791), "the most widely read of all American autobiographies," joined by a continuation of his life by Stuber and extracts from his will (Grolier American 100:21).
Also herein are his "Letters and Papers on Electricity" and numerous scientific essays, key political writings such as his "Causes of the American Discontents before 1768," works on the Stamp Act that include a transcript of his 1766 examination before the House of Commons, "The Way to Wealth," his essay on "The Slave Trade," and extensive correspondence. A collected Works was first published in France (1791), Germany (1792), and Sweden (1792); the first edition in English was published in London in 1793. This edition of Franklin's Works was edited by "Mr. Marshall… [who] used much diligence in searching for essays and papers, that had not before been comprised in any collection" (Ford 550).
Three essays are collected here for the first time: "Sketch of an English School," "On the Theory of the Earth" and "Loose Thoughts on an Universal Fluid." With an engraved frontispiece (Volume I), three full-page and ten folding plates, a folding map charting the Gulf Stream and numerous in-text illustrations. Each volume with an additional engraved title page with engraved vignette. See Howes F323; Sabin 25600. ___________________

This is the exceedingly rare FIRST COMPLETE EDITION of Benjamin Franklin's Works.

The full title reads as follows:

The Colophon reads:

The Volumes are in Very Good Condition skillfully rebacked, retaining contemporary calf boards, with the newer spines divided into six compartments by five bands, with red morocco letter-pieces in the second compartment from the top, and with gilt-stamped volume numbers in the fourth, with the board edge gilt tooled and leaf edges speckled. Externally the boards and spines show only light wear in general, with the board corners bumped a bit. Internally the leaves are generally clean and amply margined, with some small dampstains in the upper margins on occasion, with a small marginal tear in leaf 2F2, with little else in the way of foxing or toning. In extremely good condition despite being over 200 years old. This is a gorgeous and highly giftable set. Early sets of Franklin are difficult to obtain, let alone the First Complete Edition.


This is the FIRST EDITION of this set.

Later editions, although also printed in 1806, state 'SECOND EDITION' on the title page.

This is the true FIRST EDITION of Benjamin Franklin's Complete Works.



The Volumes are Complete in All Respects With frontispiece, Illustrated title pages and twelve plates, in the first two volumes. The volumes are paginated as follows: Vol. I.; [v]-xiv-[xvi], [1]-440, [xxxviii]. Vol. II.; [iii]-vi-[viii], [1]-468. Vol. III.; [iii]-vi, [3]-542, 543*-556*, [543]-552 The volumes collate as follows:Vol. I.; a8, B-Y4, Z-2S8, 2T2. Vol. II.; [a]4, B-2G8, 2H2. Vol. III.; [a]4, B-2L8, 2M6, *9, 2N4.
Each volume measures about 22 cm. By 14 cm. By 3.5 cm. Each leaf measures about 210 mm. By 125 mm.

____________Due to the complexity of Benjamin Franklin First Editions, and for additional clarity:The Bibliography of Benjamin Franklin's Works and Autobiography are as follows:
Bibliography of Benjamin Franklin's Works:1793: 'Works of the late Doctor Benjamin Franklin: consisting of his life written by himself: together with Essays, humorous, moral & literary, chiefly in the manner of the Spectator: in two volumes'. The First Edition of his Works. Printed in London, in 2 volumes. Printed by G.G.J. and J. Robinson.1794: 'Works of the late Doctor Benjamin Franklin: consisting of his life written by himself: together with Essays, humorous, moral & literary, chiefly in the manner of the Spectator: in two volumes'. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. Printed in New York, in 2 volumes bound as one. Printed by Tiebout, et al....1806: Considered to be the First Complete Edition of the collected works of Benjamin Franklin. 'The Complete Works in Philosophy, Politics, and Morals, of the Late Dr. Benjamin Franklin, Now First Collected and Arranged: With Memories of His Early Life.' Edited by Marshall. London: J. Johnson, and Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme, 1806. (THIS SET.)

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THE COMPLETE WORKS OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN. First Complete Edition. Printed in 1806. Complete in 3 volumes. Full Title: 'The Complete Works in Philosophy, Politics, and Morals, of the Late Dr. Benjamin Franklin, Now First Collected and Arranged: With Memories of His Early Life.’
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Edited by Marshall. London: J. Johnson, and Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme, 1806.
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1806
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