The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin... Edited from His Manuscript, with Notes and an Introduction by John Bigelow. 8.25 x 5.25 inches. Very rare and important piece of American history, in an edition that was the first to be taken directly from Franklin's own manuscript.
Brown cloth with gilt titling and details to the spine. Frayed crown with a small tear, and occasional wear to the boards. Name and 2 booksellers' stamps on the front endpapers. Offset from the frontispiece appears on the tissue-guard, and slightly on the title-page. Very nice copy, with a crisp, unmarked text block.
See pictures below for more details, and message with any questions. Blue Roof Books on Facebook. As New: The book is in the same immaculate condition as when it was published.This could be the description for a book that has been lost in a warehouse for years, never shelved, thumbed or even opened yet may still be some years old. Fine (F or FN): A Fine book approaches the condition of As New, but without being crisp. The book may have been opened and read, but there are no defects to the book, jacket or pages.
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This copy may be soiled, scuffed, stained or spotted and may have loose joints, hinges, pages, etc. Binding Copy : describes a book in which the pages or leaves are perfect but the binding is very bad, loose, off, or nonexistent. Reading Copy : A copy usually in poor to fair condition that includes all text presented in a legible fashion. The copy is fine to read but nothing more. The item "AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN True 1st Ed EX RARE 1868 History ANTIQUE Book" is in sale since Friday, June 17, 2016.This item is in the category "Books\Antiquarian & Collectible". The seller is "blue_roof_books" and is located in Portland, Oregon. This item can be shipped worldwide.