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A voyage to Senegal, the isle of Goree, and the river Gambia by Michel Adanson

The French encroachments exposed: or, Britain's original right to all that part of the American continent claimed by France fully asserted: wherein it appears, that the honour and interest of Great-Britain are equally concerned, from the conduct of the French, for more than a century past, to vindicate her right; the practicability of which, at this juncture, is manifestly proved by J. Payne

The Right honourable annuitant vindicated. With a word or two in favour of the other great man, in case of his resignation. In a letter to a friend in the country

An exposition of the doctrine of the Church of England in the several articles proposed by Monsieur de Meaux, late Bishop of Condom, in his Exposition of the doctrine of the Catholick Church. To which is prefix'd a particular account of Monsieur de Meaux's book by William Wake

One nation, and one king A discourse on Ezek. XXXVII. 22. occasion'd by the happy union of England and Scotland, which commenc'd on May the 1st. 1707 by John Edwards

A treatise on the management of bees wherein is contained the natural history of those insects : with the various methods of cultivating them, both antient and modern, and the improved treatment of them : to which are added, the natural history of wasps and hornets, and the means of destroying them : illustrated with copper-plates by Thomas Wildman

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TagsPolitics and Government (273), Great Britain (238), Parliament (156), United States (147), History (125), Poetry (113), Church of England (88), Sermons (87), Medicine (82), Electricity (76) — see all tags

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About meBenjamin Franklin (17 January 1706 – 17 April 1790), Pennsylvania printer, author, inventor, ambassador, scientist, statesman, abolitionist. Signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, a founder of the Library Company of Philadelphia and of the first fire department in Pennsylvania, among many other accomplishments.

About my libraryFranklin's extensive library is documented in Edwin Wolf 2nd and Kevin J. Hayes, The Library of Benjamin Franklin. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society and Library Company of Philadelphia, 2006 (available digitally here and for sale at the APS webpage) and used to create this LT catalog with the permission of the author and the publishers (American Philosophical Society, Library Company of Philadelphia).

A complete introduction to Franklin's library, including information on the travels taken by the books following Franklin's death, is in Wolf and Hayes, pp. 3-56.

Wolf and Hayes have created extensive annotations for the titles in Franklin's library; those are included in the Comments field for each record in Franklin's LT catalog. Elements generally provided include the catalog number, format, binding, signatures and marginalia (including Franklin's own shelfmarks), detailed provenance information, and the current location of Franklin's copy, if known. A list of the institutional abbreviations used in the book is available here. Further abbreviations, usually for sources, are in Wolf and Hayes, pp. 875-880.

Where the present location of Franklin's copy is known, the catalog number (Wolf and Hayes _) will be followed by an asterisk in parentheses. Where the edition or work is unclear, the catalog number will be followed by a question mark in parentheses.

Reviews: Franklin's reviews have been taken from the Wolf and Hayes annotations, and are usually drawn from either Franklin's correspondence or his Autobiography.

Tags: Wolf and Hayes provide subject-based tag information for most titles, which are included here with minor adjustments as necessary. Where no tags were included, similar tags were added.

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Please correct your link to the American Philosophical Society. It should be http://www.amphilsoc.org/, rather than http://www.aps.org/ (American Physical Society).
Mr. Franklin,
I share twelve books with you -- thirteen, if I include your excellent "Autobiography."
Regards, Betelgeuse
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