FRANKLIN, Benjamin (1706-1790) and David HALL (1714-1772), printers
Laws of the Government of New-Castle, Kent and Sussex upon Delaware. Published by Order of the Assembly.
Philadelphia: Franklin and Hall, 1752. Folio. (11 1/2 x 7 5/8 inches). 363, [1, blank], xvii, [1, blank]pp. Woodcut coat of arms on the title.
Contemporary calf, covers ruled in blind, expertly restored and rebacked to style, spine in six compartments with raised bands, red morocco lettering piece in the second.
Provenance: Joseph Burn (early signature on title); Robert Clay Justis (19th century signature)
A rare Franklin imprint.
Compiled by Benjamin Chew, the present volume comprises the second collection the laws of Delaware, with over twice as many as were included in the 1741 edition. The tooling on the covers identifies the original binder as William Muir of Philadelphia (see Spawn's roll 28 in Appendix C of Miller). David Hall was an American printer who began working for Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia in 1744. He became the foreman of Franklin's shop in 1746 and did all the editing and publishing of the Pennsylvania Gazette newspaper that Franklin started. In 1748, Franklin made Hall an official business partner on an eighteen-year contract, after which point the business became known as the Franklin and Hall firm. Franklin decided to retire and sold his share to Hall at the end of the contract, in 1766.
Evans 6835; Hildeburn 1252; Miller 548; American Antiquarian Society. Wellsprings of a Nation, 23; ESTC W25067; Tower 110; Sabin 19391.