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M.T. Cicero's Cato Major, or Discourse on Old Age

by FRANKLIN, Benjamin

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1778. FRANKLIN, Benjamin. M.T. Cicero's Cato Major, or Discourse on Old Age. Addressed to Titus Pomponicus Atticus. With Explanatory Notes. London: Printed for Fielding and Walker, 1778. 1st English ed. [4],163pp. Portrait frontis. of Benjamin Franklin. Full red morocco, inner gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers, rebacked in matching style with gilt-decorated raised spine bands, red morocco spine label, silk bookmark, T.e.g. Scattered faint foxing, else very good or better. Ford 48. "[I]t contains Franklin's 'The Printer to the Reader,' but also ... in later editions the authorship has been improperly ascribed to [Franklin], although in his preface he distinctly states the translation and notes to be the work of James Logan. ... In this edition Franklin's preface is so altered, as to make it appear that he was the translator. It was a publisher's trick to sell the book, but led Mr. Duane, when publishing Franklin's writings in 1808, to include it among them (iv, 250), and also to issue a separate edition.
  • Bookseller: George S. MacManus Company US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 62699
  • Title: M.T. Cicero's Cato Major, or Discourse on Old Age
  • Author: FRANKLIN, Benjamin
  • Book condition: Used
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Date published: 1778
  • Keywords: FRANKLIN, B, FINE/GEN AM

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