FRANKLIN, Benjamin. Politcal, Miscellaneous, and Philosophical Pieces ... London: Printed for J. Johnson, 1779. xi,,567,pp. Engraved frontis. portrait, 3 plates (one folding), and folding table. Contemporary calf, spine gilt leather label; neatly rebacked, preserving original spine label, housed in custom blue morocco-backed cloth slipcase, inner cloth chemise. Small amount of light scattered foxing, else very good or better. HOWES F-330, "aa." Sabin 25565. Ford 342. American Controversy 79-38b. Reese, Revolutionary Hundred 56. A large paper copy of one of Franklin's most important publications, containing some of his most interesting works. This book is scarce in the regular edition, and quite rare in the large paper version, which is also printed on heavier stock. It is likely only a few copies were printed of the special large paper version. First edition of a noted lifetime collection of Franklin's essays published during the American Revolution. Edited by his close friend Benjamin Vaughan and published in London during the American Revolution while Franklin served as the Ambassador to France, this is the "only edition of Franklin's writings (other than his scientific), which was printed during his life time; [and] was done with Franklin's knowledge and consent and contains an 'errata' made by him for it" (Ford). Many of the pieces published here relate to the Revolution, including the transcript of Franklin's famous appearance before Parliament in 1766 in which he argued successfully for the repeal of the Stamp Act. Also present here is the culmination of his sagacious Poor Richard advice, his THE WAY TO WEALTH. And although the compilation is predominantly political or social essays, the collected work also includes his paper on the effectiveness of lightning rods. The work closes with Franklin's famous mock epitaph: "The body of / B. Franklin, Printer / (Like the Cover of an Old Book / Its Contents torn Out / And Stript of its Lettering and Gilding) / Lies Here, Food for Worms. / But the Work shall not be Lost; / For it will (as he Believ'd) Appear once More / In a New and More Elegant Edition / Revised and Corrected / By the Author."