Karen Hanmer

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Title: The Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin

The Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin

The Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin

 

The Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin | bound by artist 2013 | $2500

San Francisco: The Arion Press, 2006, #308 of 426 copies

Full brown goatskin fine binding sewn on flattened cords. Hand-sewn, silk, French style endbands, top edge gilt. Hand-titling and tooling in blind. Doublures and flyleaves of Cave alphabet paper.

10 x 6.75 x 1”
255 x 170 x 27 mm

World-renowned as a scientist, inventor, philosopher, publisher, statesman, diplomat, and founding father of the United States, Benjamin Franklin chose to identify himself as a printer. The text on the front board is the first line of Franklin’s last will and testament, arranged as if in a type case. Additional type is pictured distributed on the rear board.