"OBSERVATIONS ON DIFFERENT SPECIES OF SNOW" illustrated with a FULL-PAGE ENGRAVING OF SPECIMENS OF SNOWFLAKES; Together with "ON THE USE OF THE LEFT HAND" attributed to BENJAMIN FRANKLIN; and "THE STORY OF PHILENIA" by PHILOPATHENOS [in THE MASSACHUSETTS MAGAZINE. Or, Monthly Museum of Knowledge and Rational Entertainment. No. XII, Vol. III - For December, 1791].

By: (Franklin, Benjamin; and Philoparthenos).

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Boston: Isaiah Thomas and Ebenezer T. Andrews, 1791.. 1791.. Fair. - Octavo, an 8 inch high by 5 inch wide unbound pamphlet, removed at some time in the distant past from a larger collection of bound pamphlets, with remnants of the spine. 73 [of 75] pages, numbered [721] through 795. Illustrated with a full-page engraving entitled "Specimens of Snow". The text block is cracked and separated at page 768 and the periodical is lacking pages 769/70. The pages are toned & slightly darkened with some scattered foxing and staining throughout. There is a short tear to the front edge of the plate. A working copy.

This American periodical includes a full-page engraving entitled "Specimens of Snow" depicting snowflakes, to illustrate the essay "Observations on Different Species of Snow" published on page [723].

The "Story of Philenia" by Philoparthenos appears on pages 729 to 730. Of curious interest is the essay printed on page 742 which is "ascribed to Dr. Franklin" (i.e. Benjamin Franklin) "On the Use of the Left Hand", subtitled "A Petition to those who have the superintendency of Education". The brief essay is penned under the pseudonym of "The Left Hand" which describes her relationship to her twin sister whose efforts to write and draw or hold a needle are celebrated whereas her own attempts are discouraged. Being that she and her sister are the providers for their family, left hand then expresses concern as to what would happen if her sister were indisposed or struck with gout or rheumatism.

Charles W. Peale's essay "Account of a Negro, or a very Dark Mulatto turning White" appears on page 744. Peale describes a man he met who, until his fifteenth birthday was of a dark complexion until white spots started appearing on his skin. Over the years, the man's skin color gradually changed so that his skin is now "of a clear wholesome white, fair, and what would be called a better skin, than any of the number of white people, who were present at different times when I saw him".

Other essays and articles include an "Account of West River Mountain, New Hampshire" and Governour Livingston's "Essay on Fraud and Dishonesty".

Title: "OBSERVATIONS ON DIFFERENT SPECIES OF SNOW" illustrated with a FULL-PAGE ENGRAVING OF SPECIMENS OF SNOWFLAKES; Together with "ON THE USE OF THE LEFT HAND" attributed to BENJAMIN FRANKLIN; and "THE STORY OF PHILENIA" by PHILOPATHENOS [in THE MASSACHUSETTS MAGAZINE. Or, Monthly Museum of Knowledge and Rational Entertainment. No. XII, Vol. III - For December, 1791].

Author Name: (Franklin, Benjamin; and Philoparthenos).

Categories: Americana,

Publisher: Boston: Isaiah Thomas and Ebenezer T. Andrews, 1791.: 1791.

Book Condition: Fair

Seller ID: 34572

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