Boston: Hilliard, Gray and Company, 1840. First edition thus. Hardcover. 4vo. 10 volumes: Vol. 1: 1840, 612 pp., frontispiece of Franklin with tissue guard; Vol. 2: 1836, 557 pp., frontispiece of Franklin (from the picture by D. Martin) with tissue guard; Vol. 3: 1836, 577 pp., frontispiece of Franklin (from the original picture by Duplissus) with tissue guard (plate darkened); Vol 4: 1837, frontipiece (plate darkened), 539 pp. plate facing p. 456 (darkened); Vol. 5: 1837, 516 pp., frontispiece facsimile of a letter by Franklin, plate facing p. 196, plate facing p. 372, plate facing p. 385, fold-out plate facing p. 442, many leaves uncut; Vol. 6: 1838, 578 pp., fold-out plate facing p. 46, plate facing p. 50,plate facing p. 102, plate facing p. 104, plate facing p.156, plate facing p. 248, plate facing p.420, fold-out plate facing p.494, fold-out chart of the Atlantic Ocean facing p. 504, fold-out plate facing p.542, fold-out plate facing p.560, many leaves uncut; Vol. 7: 1838, 568 pp., frontispiece engraving of Mrs. Franklin, many leaves uncut; Vol. 8: 1839, 554 pp., many leaves uncut; Vol. 9: 1839, 550 pp., many leaves uncut; Vol. 10: 1840, 540 pp., Corrigenda, many leaves uncut. All volumes bound in the original brown pebbled cloth with gilt decorations and lettering on the spine. Edited by Jared Sparks. The books were published in the following order: Volumes 2 and 3 in 1836, Volumes 4 and 5 in 1837, Volumes 6 and 7 in 1838, Volume 8 and Volume 9 in 1839, and Volume 10 and Volume 1 in 1840. Sabin 25606. An attractive set of this early 19th-century set of Franklin's works, uncommon in the original binding. Very Good. Item #00007966
A Very Good set with uniform sunning to the cloth on spines, gilt still bright, light rubbing and occasional minor blemishes to the cloth, traces of foxing to the textblock and endpapers and pastedowns and occasional scattered foxing throughout, but most leaves are very clean.