Sale 17BP02 | Lot 10

[FRANKLIN IMPRINT] CICERO, MARCUS TULLIUS [LOGAN, JAMES-trans.]. M. T. Cicero's Cato Major, or his discourse of Old-age: With Explanatory Notes.

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Lot 10
[FRANKLIN IMPRINT] CICERO, MARCUS TULLIUS [LOGAN, JAMES-trans.]. M. T. Ciceros Cato Major, or his discourse of Old-age: With Explan...
Philadelphia: B.[enjamin] Franklin, 1744. Second state (as usual), with "only" on p. 27. Full 19th century scarlet morocco, covers lightly gilt with a compartment of rules with cornerpieces, spine in six compartments between raised bands, all edges gilt. 7 5/8 x 5 1/2 inches (19.5 x 14 cm); viii, [1]-159, [1] pp., title printed in red and black, collating )( A-U^(4). Slight chipping to head of spine, light wear to joints and extremities, William A. Fraser's name in ink on the title, internally generally a clean sound copy, with the bookplate of Sir William Augustus Fraser of Ledeclune and Morar on the pastedown..
This was Franklin's personal favorite of the works printed by him, and is one of the finest books to emanate from a Colonial American press. It is the first classical work to be printed in North America. The translation was by an American, Franklin's friend James Logan. The genesis of the publication was in in the winter of 1741-2, when a trial sheet was sent to Logan, but more pressing printing work (in particular, the many religious pamphlets of 1743-4) obtruded. With the arrival from London of David Hall, Franklin had leisure to complete the book, which went on sale in mid-March, 1744. The book was not a strong seller (indeed, neither Franklin nor Logan had anticipated that it would be), and copies were still being advertised as late as 1752. Evans 5361; Hildeburn 868; Miller Benjamin Franklin's Philadelphia Printing, 347.


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Sold for $7,500 (includes buyer's premium)

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