FRANKLIN, Benjamin. ~ [Poor Richard’s Almanac/The Way to Wealth, in French.] La Science du bonhomme Richard, ou moyen facile de payer les impôts. Traduit de l’anglois. Seconde édition, exactement semblable à la première. “A Philadelphie, et se trouve à Paris, chez Ruault...” 1778.
12mo (176 × 95 mm), pp. 151, , complete with half-title and final advert leaves, contemporary quarter calf, spine gilt with 5 raised bands, red morocco label, marbled edges. Upper cover slightly faded. Bookplate of the Chateau de Cirey. A very good copy.
One of several French editions of 1778. The Way to Wealth first appeared in French as a separate publication in 1775. The original English text was first published in Poor Richard’s Almanac for 1758; separately issued in 1760 under the title: Father Abraham’s Speech and frequently reprinted under the title: The Way to Wealth. La Science du bonhomme Richard was translated by A.F. Quétant; the Interrogatoire de Mr. Franklin by P.S. Dupont de Nemours and the Interrogatoire de M. Penn by A.F. Quétant and J.B. L’Écuy. Ford, Franklin Bibliography, 114