Lot 1006: Benjamin Franklin THE LIFE OF DR. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN 1809 Memoir Early Autobiography American History Pennsylvania Independence
November 18, 2012
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: The Life of Dr. Benjamin Franklin
Author: Benjamin Franklin - Dr. Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A noted polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and the glass 'armonica'. He formed both the first public lending library in America and the first fire department in Pennsylvania.
Franklin earned the title of "The First American" for his early and indefatigable campaigning for colonial unity; as an author and spokesman in London for several colonies, then as the first United States Ambassador to France, he exemplified the emerging American nation. Franklin was foundational in defining the American ethos as a marriage of the practical and democratic values of thrift, hard work, education, community spirit, self-governing institutions, and opposition to authoritarianism both political and religious, with the scientific and tolerant values of the Enlightenment. In the words of historian Henry Steele Commager, "In a Franklin could be merged the virtues of Puritanism without its defects, the illumination of the Enlightenment without its heat." To Walter Isaacson, this makes Franklin "the most accomplished American of his age and the most influential in inventing the type of society America would become."
Publisher: Josiah Parks
City: Montpelier, Vermont
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 202 pages
Width: 4.5" Height: 7"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in full leather, with gilt-lettered spine label. Book shows external wear, with scuffing and soiling to covers. Minor loss of material is visible at ends of spine and at outside corners. Binding is sound. Faint water markings appear at ends of text block. Previous owner's name is written at top margin of front flyleaf. Pages display scattered foxing.
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