French printing of American political documents (1776-1781), with notes in text by Benjamin Franklin xd: [Misc. Americana]
Constitutions des Treize Etats-Unis de l’Amerique. Translated by the Duc de La Rochefoucauld, with significant additional notes by Franklin. Philadelphia and Paris: Printed for Benjamin Franklin by Ph.-D Pierre, 1783, 540 pages. First collected edition in French of Constitutions of thirteen states together with Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and two treaties of alliance between the United States and France. The title page includes the first imprint of the seal of the United States to appear in book form.
Five hundred copies were printed in the present octavo format, with one hundred additional copies printed on larger paper.
Benjamin Franklin regarding proposals for the humane conduct of war x: (o:) [Declaration Signer] [BOTD]
“I go with you as far as you go, in Proposals for diminishing the Occasions & Mischiefs of War, & perhaps a little farther.—By the Original Law of Nations, War & Extirpation was the Punishment of Injury. Humanizing by degrees, it admitted Slavery instead of Death. A farther Step was, the Exchange of Prisoners instead of Slavery…”
Letter Press Copy of Autograph Letter Signed “B. Franklin” as American Peace Commissioner, to Benjamin Vaughan, Passy, France, July 10, 1782; three pages, folio, on absorbent paper watermarked “J Watt & Co Patent Copying.”