New York: Macmillan, 1905 - 1907. First edition. 10 volumes bound by J. W. Meyer in contemporary dark green morocco over cloth boards. Spines titled in gilt with geometric details in the spine compartments, raised bands, top edges gilt, marbled end papers. In all a lovely Fine set with only the most trivial wear to the bindings. Unread and largely unopened throughout (with pages still sealed). Uniform spines, but gilt on book 2 brighter than the others. Each volume with a different frontis portrait of the author.
One of America’s foremost founding fathers, a famed scientist, philosopher, and inventor. Over the course of his long and varied career, Franklin would serve as minister to France and Sweden, and as the first Postmaster General of the United States. By his late twenties, Franklin had already achieved significant renown as an author, with the publication of Poor Richard’s Almanac and by his 50s he had made important contributions to the study of electricity and demographics. (Science would fascinate Franklin his entire life – and he would make significant discoveries and inventions until his death.) Franklin also played numerous instruments and, interestingly enough, is thought to have been the first recorded chess player in the thirteen colonies. During the revolution, Franklin served on missions to England in addition to being one of Pennsylvania’s delegates to the Continental Congress. He would go on to become ambassador to France and later was again appointed a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in 1787. Franklin is also the only founding father to have his name affixed to the Declaration of Independence, the treaty of Alliance with France, The Treaty of Paris, and the US Constitution. Fine (Item #1810)