(Paris: Chez Klefer, 1831). 128 x 80 mm. (5 x 3 1/8"). , 122,  pp.First two works translated by F.-A. Quétant and J.-B. Lécuy. Nouvelle Édition, Augmentée de Notices, de Notes et de Refléxions sur la Monopole de l'Imprimerie.
19th century red cloth with marbled paper overlay on covers (to resemble a three-quarter binding), flat spine, black morocco label with gilt lettering, edges untrimmed. With frontispiece portrait of Franklin (on a smaller sheet of paper). Printed on red [now pink], blue, and white paper. Ford 201. The marbled paper on covers slightly worn and coming up in a few spots, but the binding entirely sound. A little light foxing to the white paper, the occasional small stain, but an excellent copy, the colored paper especially well-preserved.
Intended by the publisher to make useful works on personal finance available at an affordable price, our petite volume is one of an unspecified number of the edition printed on red, white, and blue paper, perhaps a nod to the flags of the US and France. One of the most widely printed and translated works by an American author of the period, "The Way to Wealth" is a collection of adages promoting frugality and a strong work ethic, including some of Franklin's best-known quotes, such as "Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise." It is accompanied here by "The Whistle cautionary tale about paying more than an object is worth, and the "Poor-Richard" parody "Last Will and Testament of Fortunate Richard" by Charles-Joseph Mathon de la Cour (1738-93), a lesson on the earning potential of compound interest that actually inspired two bequests in Franklin's own will. Printer, polymath, and Founding Father Benjamin Franklin (1706-90) was one of the most fascinating men of the 18th century. The present work no doubt found an appreciative audience in France, where Franklin was especially revered. He had served as the minister plenipotentiary to France for the United States from 1777 to 1785, establishing himself as "the most essential and successful American diplomat of all time." (ANB) The text in our volume begins with the French statsman Mirabeau's announcement of Franklin's death to the French National Assembly, and that boy's proclamation of three days of mourning. This is a scarce work, with just seven copies recorded by OCLC, and none found at auction by ABPC or RBH for at least 40 years. (ST14154)
Add to Cart Price: $750.00
PJP Catalog: SE18BF.044