Pamela - The volume of Pamela printed by Benjamin Franklin and bound in Boston came to the Society as the result of a chance visit to Goodspeed’s Bookshop in Boston in 1968. George Goodspeed informed McCorison that a copy was available from one of the area colleges. With the telephone number of the college president in hand, McCorison went out to a telephone booth to inquire into the details of a possible transaction. The terms were acceptable and the commitment to purchase the novel (two volumes in one) was made on the spot. The existence of the Franklin edition of what many consider the first American edition of a “modern” novel in English was well known through Franklin’s newspaper advertisements of its availability. An example is the notice, “Just published,” in the Pennsylvania Gazette, January 1, 1745. Franklin sold copies in sheets to members of the book trades in various cities, and in this instance to Charles Harrison, a Boston bookbinder, who bound them up for sale. Pamela: or, Virtue Rewarded: In a series of familiar letters from a beautiful young damsel, to her parents (London; repr. Philadelphia: printed and sold by B. Franklin, 1742-44). [record]
Gift of the Stoddard Charitable Trust.
The Amerian Antiquarian Society, 1812-2012 - A View at the Bicentennial
A National Research Library - Marcus A. McCorison, Librarian and President, 1967-1992