FRANKLIN, Benjamin (1706-1790) -- [GUICCIARDINI, Lodovico (1521-89). Houres of recreation, or afterdinners, which may aptly be called the garden of pleasure. Translated from Italian by James Sandford. London: Henry Binneman, 1576.] 8° (134 x 90mm). Greek, roman, and italic types. (Lacking A1-3 and Q6,8, Q7 bound in verso-recto, browned, some headlines and shoulder notes shaved, K3 defective, last two leaves worn at edges with minor loss.) 19th-century tree calf (a little worn). Provenance: contemporary annotations -- [Benjamin Franklin (1706-90); by tradition, see below) -- Temple Franklin] -- William J. Duane (1780-1865; signature on pastedown; note on A4 'Bought by WJ Duane from among Dr Franklins books') -- Samuel W. Pennypacker (1843-1916, Governor of Pennsylvania 1903-07; bookplate, note dated Dec. 9 1882 recording his purchase of the book in the sale of Duane's library).
The dispersal of Franklin's library is remarkably obscure, given the reputation of its owner. Franklin bequeathed the bulk of it to his grandson, Temple Franklin, who appears to have pledged it to Robert Morris, jr.. The books then passed to the bookseller N.G. Dufief in Philadelphia by 1801. A considerable number of the books were acquired by William Duane (1760-1835), a friend of Franklin's nephew and father-in-law of Franklin's grand-daughter. A note written on the flyleaf, presumably by William J. Duane, relates the provenance of the volume and states that he bought it and other Franklin books from Dufief. Pennypacker adds his own note, stating that he acquired it at the sale of W.J. Duane's library (1866) and that Duane 'used to show it to his friends as a great treasure, saying it was the source from which Franklin drew much of the wisdom of Poor Richard'. Cf. Wolf, 'The Reconstruction of Benjamin Franklin's Libary', PBSA, 1961, pp.1-16.
SPARKS, Jared, editor. A collection of the familiar letters and miscellaneous papers of Benjamin Franklin; now for the first time published. Boston: Charles Bowen, 1833. 8° (194 x 118mm). Half-title. Uncut. (Spotted.) Original red cloth (rebacked, retaining original backstrip). PRESENTATION COPY TO MR. WARDEN, inscribed by Sparks on the flyleaf. (2)