Printing Week Volumes

22-Volume set.

Three sets of the Printing Week Library of Benjamin Franklin Keepsakes have appeared in auctions recently. This is a sweet set of small books on Franklin, “Privately Printed in New York.”

* Oak Knoll Press publishes a list, replicated below with expansions, that suggests there were 28 produced in all. The first number seems to be their inventory count, the second number is my personal inventory count, where I have them. I am lacking the titles that are in bold. The asterisks indicate issues I may have a copy available.

  1. 1953 WAY TO WEALTH (1)(0)
    1954. none issued. Keepsake took another form
    1955: not listed
  2. * 1956 B. FRANKLIN, 1706-1790 (2)(2)
  3. 1957. BEN FRANKLIN, WIT (1)(0)
  4. 1958. ON TRUE HAPPINESS (1)(1)
  5. 1959. DON’T GIVE TOO MUCH FOR THE WHISTLE AND OTHER ESSAYS (3)(1)
  6. 1960 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, INVENTOR, (4)(0)
  7. * 1961. B. FRANKLIN, INNOVATOR (1)(2)
  8. 1962 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN WAS THERE (n.l.)(1)
  9. 1963. AMERICA’S BIG BEN (2)(1)
  10. 1964. WHAT GOOD IS A NEW BORN BABE? (1)(1)
  11. 1965. WHAT GOOD IS SERVING GOD? (2)(0)
  12. 1966. ARTICLES OF BELIEF (1)(1)
  13. 1967. AN APOLOGY FOR PRINTERS (1)(1)
  14. * 1968 THE SILENCE DOGOOD LETTERS (7)(2) Dedicated to Lews F. White, the designer of “twelve earlier editions” of this keepsake.
  15. 1969 THE SILENCE DOGOOD LETTERS II (4)(1)
  16. 1970. LE BON DOCTEUR FRANKLIN, THE TOAST OF PARIS (3)(1)
  17. 1971 FRANKLIN OF PHILADELPHIA IN LONDON (4, 1 with bookplate) (0)
  18. * 1972 A QUART OF OYSTERS AND OTHER BON MOTS (6)(2)
  19. * 1973 SHEEP WILL NEVER MAKE INSURRECTIONS (5)(2!)
  20. * 1974 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, PRINTER AT WORK (4)(2!)
  21. * 1975 ADMIRAL FRANKLIN? YES, ADMIRAL FRANKLIN (6)(3)
  22. 1976 “THE DREAM”, “BENJAMIN FRANKLIN’S DREAM… (2)(1)
  23. 1977. MY DEAR GIRL (5)(1)
  24. 1978. MY DEAR GIRL II, “25TH KEEPSAKE”, perhaps including 1954. (4)(1)
  25. * 1979. FRANKLIN AND WOMEN (2)(2)
  26. 1980. HOW GEORGE WASHINGTON GOT HIS GUNPOWDER (3)(1)
  27. 1981. THE PRINTER AT WORK (sold out)(1)
  28. 1982 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, THE DIPLOMAT, by Vera Laska (6)(0)
  29. 1983 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, ANECDOTES AND EULOGIES (4)(0).

I would be happy to more about the organization producing these volumes.

Lewis Tappan

My eye was caught by this statement in this news article today:

Dun & Bradstreet dates back to 1841 when Lewis Tappan – the great grand nephew of Benjamin Franklin – set-up a business to provide credit information across the US via a network of reporters, just five years after the first commercial telegraphs were introduced.

I don’t have the name Tappan in my Virtual Cemetery of Franklin Descendants, and would appreciate any information about his relationship.

 

Bumping Into Benjamin Franklin on The West Wing

I am slowly binge-watching episodes of West Wing and notice in Season 6, Episode 20, “In God We Trust” that Franklin shows up in the decorations of people in both parties. It’s a nice compliment that the set designers imagine both these classy characters would want Franklin’s image nearby.

Seated Statuette on the set of West Wing

The Senate office of Republican Senator Vinick of California (played by Alan Alda) features a seated Franklin.

Oval office bust of Franklin

Meanwhile, over in the White House, in the Oval Office of Democratic President Bartlet, we have a bust of Dr. Franklin. The bust, I believe, is by Jean-Jacques Caffieri. The University of Pennsylvania cites the 1777 bust as “Franklin’s preferred likeness of himself.”


I found the seated statuette on eBay (it got away from me) and am not otherwise familiar with it. Does anyone know more about it?

 


This is the first Bumping into Benjamin Franklin entry. I will be sharing the frequent experience of connecting to Franklin while not directly looking for him. Thanks for reading!

MCM

 

Resting and Fasting

This article from Dubai credits Dr. Franklin with The best of all medicines are resting and fasting. Best of Ramadan wishes to all, but I don’t recognize that as a Franklin line: the only fasting I recall from Franklin was in connection with vegetarianism – that he has since occasionally abstained from eating meat – in the Autobiography.