An 18th Century New London, Connecticut, Imprint

THE LIFE OF DOCTOR BENJAMIN FRANKLIN WRITTEN BY HIMSELF, TOGETHER WITH ESSAYS HUMOUROUS, MORAL, AND LITERARY.

(New-London [Connecticut]: Printed for Charles Holt, 1798). 178 x 114 mm. (7 x 4 1/2"). 2 p.l., [v]-vi, [7]-200 pp., [2] leaves (subscriber's list). The Seventh American Edition (according to the title page).

Contemporary flamed calf, flat spine panelled with gilt double rules, red morocco label. Engraved frontispiece portrait by Tanner. Sabin F-15 (citing earlier editions); Evans 33755. Tiny wormhole at head of rear joint, leather a little worn and stained, but the original unsophisticated binding completely solid, generally well preserved, and still appealing in its rusticity. Leaves with a uniform mottled browning, upper half of first few leaves dampstained, lower gutter with variable (generally light) dampstain throughout, other minor faults, but still acceptable internally, and a good deal better than most books issued by 18th century American printers, especially those outside the major metropolitan centers.

This is a pleasing entirely unsophisticated copy of an early American edition of the first collection in English of the "popular" pieces of Franklin, along with a translation from the French of the autobiography, the whole first published in London by G. G. J. and J. Robinson in 1793. Benjamin Vaughan, the editor, has continued Franklin's life here beyond 1759 by appropriating the pertinent part of Henry Stuber's biography of Franklin, as it appeared in the Columbia Magazine in 1790-91. The printer Charles Holt is mentioned in Isaiah Thomas' "History of Printing in America" as the publisher in 1791 in New London of a newspaper called "The Bee." Thomas indicates that New London was a location dominated by the very large Green family of printers, with Timothy (d. 1763) the first to set up in the town in 1714. It may well have been this domination that led Holt to move on to Hudson, New York, in 1802.
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THE LIFE OF DOCTOR BENJAMIN FRANKLIN WRITTEN BY HIMSELF, TOGETHER WITH ESSAYS HUMOUROUS, MORAL, AND LITERARY. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN.
THE LIFE OF DOCTOR BENJAMIN FRANKLIN WRITTEN BY HIMSELF, TOGETHER WITH ESSAYS HUMOUROUS, MORAL, AND LITERARY.
THE LIFE OF DOCTOR BENJAMIN FRANKLIN WRITTEN BY HIMSELF, TOGETHER WITH ESSAYS HUMOUROUS, MORAL, AND LITERARY.

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