Apr 27, 2017 - Sale 2444

Sale 2444 - Lot 112

Price Realized: $ 4,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
(COLONIAL WARS.) The London Chronicle for the Year 1759. [4], 622; [4], 626 pages including collective title and index leaves and the beginning of each volume. 155 tri-weekly issues bound in Volumes V and VI. 4to, modern 1/4 calf; minor wear and folds, inked revenue stamps; uncut. London, January to December 1759

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This full year of newspapers covers the turning point in the French and Indian War--the famed Annus Mirabilis which included the capture of Fort Ticonderoga, Quebec, and Guadeloupe. A report of the Ticonderoga victory is on the front page of the 20 September issue. On the seventh page of the 23 October issue is a long letter from an officer at Quebec, describing the great British victory at the Plains of Abraham.
This volume also includes the first appearances of 4 pieces which have tentatively been attributed to Benjamin Franklin (see Ford 605), including a letter on the war titled "To the Printer of the London Chronicle" on 10 May (signed "A New Englandman" in type), "Political Aphorisms Concerning Population" on 1 September, "Love-Maxims" on 11 September (both signed "F" in type), and his humorous essay giving reasons for restoring Canada on 25 December (signed "A.Z."). The first and fourth items have definitively been attributed by the Franklin Papers.