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Benjamin Franklin, The Spanish Crown, The American Revoluton

and a Glass Harmonica

12.

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.

$600

20093

11.

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.

$300

18605