Item #7200 THE WORKS OF DR. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, IN PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS, AND MORALS. VOLUME V. Benjamin Franklin.
THE WORKS OF DR. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, IN PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS, AND MORALS. VOLUME V.

THE WORKS OF DR. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, IN PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS, AND MORALS. VOLUME V.

Philadelphia: William Duane, 1809. 8vo, later olive cloth, hand-written paper spine labels. Engraved half-title with stylized depiction of both sides of the Libertas Americana medal; viii, 434 pages. Ex library copy, with usual treatment; very good. Item #7200

Volume five only of this edition of Franklin’s writings, with a notable numismatic engraving. Franklin’s letters in this volume include ones pertaining to the Comitia Americana medal struck for François de Fleury (pages 42, 55 and 62) and some of the earliest records of the origins of the Libertas Americana medal: “This puts me in mind of a medal I have had a mind to strike since the late great event you give me an account of, representing the United States by figure of an infant Hercules in his cradle, strangling the two serpents; and France, by that of Minerva, sitting by as his nurse, with her spear and helmet, and her robe speckled with a few fleurs-de-lis. The extinguishing two entire armies in one war, is what has rarely if ever happened, and it gives a presage of the future force of our growing empire” (pages 117–118, with more material on page 156). Ex Somersworth, New Hampshire Public Library.

Price: $150.00

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