1801 · Philadelphia
Early American edition of the "unofficial" but extremely popular Life, re-translated into English from the French publication and released despite William Temple Franklin's attempts to suppress any version other than his own. This example comprises two volumes in one, opening with an engraved portrait of Franklin signed by Tanner and featuring an addition "not in any other Edition," according to the title-page: "An Examination, before the British House of Lords, respecting the Stamp-Act." At the back are a six-page list of subscribers and four pages of advertisements for Woodward publications.
Sabin 25602; Shaw & Shoemaker 515. On Temple Franklin and early editions, see: Green & Stallybrass, Franklin,151–60. Contemporary treed sheep, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label; spine extremities a little chipped, front cover a little sprung, hinges (inside) reinforced. Frontispiece and title-page tattered and now mounted, with outer margin of first preface page repaired; a number of corners bumped or dog-eared, with a few in one section at some point delicately rodent(?)-nibbled. Subscribers' list trimmed closely, affecting two names only; pages age-toned with intermittent foxing. In fact, though not "excellent," quite "satisfactory. (Inventory #: 25357)