M.T. Cicero's Cato Major, or His Discourse of Old-Age
(FRANKLIN IMPRINT). CICERO, Marcus Tullus. M.T. Cicero's Cato Major, or His Discourse of Old-Age: With Explanatory Notes. 8vo, Philadelphia: Printed & Sold by B. Franklin, 1744. 1st American edition of Cicero's "Cato Major" and the first American translation. This is a copy of the second issue with "only" correctly spelled on page 27. Orig. 18th-century calf ruled in blind, rebacked in period-style gilt-ruled leather, housed in custom red morocco-backed cloth slipcase, inner cloth chemise. Small amount of faint foxing, light rubbing to boards, else a very good or better copy. Church 949. Clark in "Mathew Carey" 347. Hildeburn 868. Library Company of Philadelphia "First American Editions" p.18. Miller "Franklin Printing" 347. Sabin 13040. Evans 5361. Reese, the Struggle for North America 2. "Probably the finest production of Franklin's press and really and really a splendid specimen of the art ... It is doubtless, the second classic author translated and printed in North America" (Sabin). "This work was translated, with explanatory notes, by Chief-Justice James Logan, net to Penn and Franklin, the most important character in the early history of Pennsylvania. It is generally conceded to be the finest product of Franklin's press, if not of the American press of the eighteenth century. It is really a beautiful specimen of the printer's art"- Church.