Benjamin Franklin, The Spanish Crown, The American Revoluton
and a Glass Harmonica
Chávez, Thomas E. ,
DOCTOR FRANKLIN & SPAIN: THE UNKNOWN HISTORY
Santa Fé, The Press at the Palace of the Governors, (2016). Limited edition. 4to.
59pp. plus colophon. One of 80 numbered copies. Printed letterpress at the Palace
Press by Tom Leech and James Bourland on handmade wove Spanish paper from
the Garza Paper Mill. The typeface is digital Bodoni Old Face; Franklin himself
praised Bodoni's' Essay on Type as "one of the most beautiful..." Frontispiece
portrait of Franklin based on a painting of Franklin by his French neighbor, Anne-
Rosalie Bocquet Filleul. Finely bound by Priscilla Spitler in half brown morocco,
deep blue leather lettering label, gilt, and with sides of paper marbled by Tom
Leech. Map endpaper of the hemispheres taken from Seale's 1744 atlas and show the
extent of Spanish interest in the western hemisphere. Illustrated with a drawing of
Franklin's armonica (glass harmonica), which is a major player in this story. Also
illustrated with photographic reproductions of letters relating to the story.
Dr. Franklin, an inventor of many things, counted the glass harmonica among his
achievements. When he found out through the Spanish Ambassador to France that
the King of Spain wanted one for the youngest prince, Franklin supplied it. And
thus began the story of Franklin, the Spanish Crown, and the surreptitious
financing of parts of the American Revolution, a story which is just now coming to
light, after all these years, to be told by Dr. Chavez more fully in the near future.
A magnificent addition to the fine work of the Palace Press. It is in fine, as new
condition, in the publisher's custom box.
THE WORKS OF DR. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN,
CONSISTING OF ESSAYS, HUMOROUS, MORAL AND LITERARY
WITH HIS LIFE, WRITTEN BY HIMSELF
New=York, George G. Sickels; Publisher, 1830.
12mo. viii,(9-)290pp. Contemporary full sheep, spine
gilt. Frontispiece of Franklin present, as well as both
the engraved and the typeset title pages. Endpapers
perished; typical general staining to the text block;
hinges repaired,and spine gilt and tips worn; but still a
good copy in its original binding and complete with the
usually lacking frontispiece and engraved title.