Oeuvres de M. Franklin, Docteur es Loix
FRANKLIN, Benjamin. Oeuvres de. M. Franklin, Docteur es Loix ... Traduites de L'Anglois sur la Quatrieme Edition Par M. Barbeau Dubourg. Paris: Quillau, Esprit, et L'Auteur, 1773. 2 Vols. 4to. 1st French ed. (iv),xxii,(2),338;(iv),xiii,(3),318,(2) pp. Portrait frontis., plates. Contemporary mottled calf ruled in blind, gilt-decorated spine, gilt-lettered morocco spine labels, a very good set. Ford 315. "This is the first major translation of Franklin's scientific works into French. It resulted from the long correspondence between two extraordinary men; with its publication, Barbeu-Dubourg added considerably to the printed body of Franklin's works. Volume I deals exclusively with electricity; it contains papers already publisehd in English along with additional material that had not previously appeared. Volume II deals with a broad range of Franklin's scientific activities including letters on meteors, economics, the increase in mankind, and innoculation; also, in their first appearance, his letters on swimming, on the fly that was revived by the sun after drowining in wine, and his thoughts on colonial politics. Most of the latter were omitted from English editions. ... The two volumes of Dubourg's edition are normally bound together in one book. This copy ... is unusual in that they are separate." Winegrad. The Intellectual World of Benjamin Franklin, 92.