Benjamin Franklin Representative selections, with introduction, bibliograpy, and notes

By Benjamin Franklin

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contains valuable notes. But what
gives a special value to this collection is that it is the only
edition of Franklin's writings [other than his scientific], which was
printed during his life time; was done with Franklin's knowledge and
consent, and contains an 'errata' made by him for it" [Ford, p. 161].
Review in _Monthly Review_, LXII, 199-210, 298-308, describes his
electrical experiments as constituting a "_principia_" of electricity.
See also Smyth, VII, 410-13, for Franklin's own opinion.)

_Memoires de la vie privee de Benjamin Franklin, ecrits par luimeme, et
adresses a son fils; suivis d'un precis historique de sa vie
politique, et de plusieurs pieces, relatives a ce pere de la liberte._
Paris: 1791. (First edition of Franklin's _Autobiography_ to the year
1731; translation attributed to Dr. Jacques Gibelin. "The remainder of
his life is a translation from Wilmer's _Memoirs_ of Franklin, with
the most objectionable statements omitted" [Ford, p. 183]. For a
succinct history of _Autobiography_, editions, printing, translation,
and fortunes of the MS see Bigelow's introduction to _Autobiography_.)

_Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Benjamin Franklin, LL. D. F. R. S.
&c.... Written by himself to a late period, and continued to the time
of his death, by his Grandson; William Temple Franklin. Now first
published from the original MSS...._ 3 vols. London: 1818. (The
standard collection, according to A. H. Smyth, until Sparks's edition.
Representative review in _Analectic Magazine_, XI, 449-84, June,
1818.)

_The Works of Benjamin Franklin; containing several political and
historical tracts not included in any former edition, and many letters
official and private not hitherto published; with notes and a life of
the author_, by Jared Sparks. 10 vols. Boston: 1836-1840. (Although
Sparks took undesirable editorial liberties with the MSS, rephrasing,
emending, and deleting, this edition still possesses value for its
notes and inclusion of pieces which Smyth does not include, but which
_may_ have been written by Franklin. Includes many valuable letters to
Franklin. For reviews see _North American Review_, LIX, 446, and
LXXXIII, 402.)

_Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. Edited from his Manuscript, with
Notes and an Introduction_, by John Bigelow. Philadelphia: 1868. (To
quote Ford: "This is not only the first appearance of the
autobiography from Franklin's own copy, but also

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There fell lately into my hands, in London, a collection he had made of all the principal pamphlets relating to public affairs, from 1641 to 1717; many of the volumes are wanting as appears by the numbering, but there still remain eight volumes in folio, and twenty-four in quarto and in octavo.
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