A Word About Franklin Library Editions

The Franklin Library, the publishing division of The Franklin Mint, was the nation's largest publisher of great books in fine bindings.  It was founded in 1973 and finally quit publishing in 2000.  The books were designed and bound by The Sloves Organization, Ltd., an affiliate of the mint, whose bindery was one of the few in the world devoted exclusively to the crafting of fine leather bookbindings.  Many of the book collections issued by the Franklin Library were open editions; therefore, no edition figures are available.

From the beginning, Franklin commissioned fine art illustrations from well-known artists for many of its books, to be used exclusively for a particular book and never published again.  Although the works were occasionally lent out for exhibitions, the only way to own and enjoy one of these fine illustrations is to own the Franklin edition which carried it.  During the 1981 show of The Society of Illustrators in New York, 12 American illustrators had their Franklin illustrations chosen to hang in the show, the most from any one publishing house.  The Society's Silver Medal was awarded to Herbert Taus for his illustration on page 324 of Saul Bellow's Humbolt's Gift, published as part of the Masterpieces of American Literature series.

Although most of the Franklin Library collections are full leather-bound, or quarter-bound, a few are leather-like cloth (such as in the Franklin Mystery Series), and some of their earlier, smaller collections were bound in bonded leather (made of leather strips and scraps).  This has given rise to the myth (which I've seen in many ads) that Franklins are not real leather and are somehow inferior to other publishers (especially Easton Press). While some Franklins are, in fact, not real leather; the vast majority of their finer collections are fully bound in genuine hand-cut leather, selected for quality of grain and texture.  An easy way to tell if your Franklin is real leather is the presence of the satin ribbon page-marker, bound into the volume, and the fine moire fabric endsheets (although, in a cost-cutting measure, Franklin went to marbled endsheets in its Signed First Editions series).

 

Franklin's "True" First Editions

Many publishers (including the original publisher) put out "Limited First Editions" of books, especially those of popular authors or books which have had significant publicity such as award nominations, movie deals or critical acclaim.  These limited editions are set apart from the normal "trade" edition by, first, being issued in a limited number (usually 100 to 1000, but often much more) and, second, having a special distinction such as a special binding, a slipcase, being hand numbered, being signed by the author, or any combination (or all) of the above.  Many of these editions are published simultaneously with the trade edition or well after it.  Some small press publishers actually buy the pages from the original publisher and put them in a special binding, usually signed and numbered.  Others, like Easton Press, do their own printing as well, on special paper, and release the "Limited First Edition" up to a year or more after the trade edition has been published (making the claim of "First Edition" rather dubious).

Franklin Library's policy was to contract for the first printing rights with both the author and the mass-market publisher, thus making the Franklin edition the "true" first edition, published prior to the trade edition, adding greatly to the value of these books.  When the trade edition was finally published, it often stated "First trade edition" on the copyright page and had a disclaimer that said, "A signed first edition of this book has been privately printed by the Franklin Library," acknowledging that the Franklin edition was the first printing and, thus, the "true" first edition.

A question I often get is the difference between the First Editions and the Signed First Editions. The First Editions contained a signed introduction, which was then printed along with the book and therefore not a 'real' signature. The Signed First Editions, which started in 1983, were all hand signed by the author, usually on a separate page which was then bound into the book.

 
Chronology of a Franklin Signed First Edition

I found the following in a special letter sent to the Signed First Edition Society subscribers and thought it was interesting enough to include here.  Although it is about one book, The Haj, it is typical of most Franklin first editions.

Above:  A photo of Rein Whitt-Pritchette, working on the third illustration in The Haj, called The Scattering.
A grateful acknowledgement to Mr. Whitt-Pritchette, who sent the photo to me after seeing my write-up.

 
Lists of Franklin Collections

I also get a lot of questions about a list of Franklin collections. Here is a list of most of their collections and, below that, several tables containing most of the individual volumes in the better-known collections. Where available, I've included the original price, taken from invoices, not counting shipping, handling and tax. This is the price the first subscribers paid; in some cases, later subscribers paid more. If anybody can supply the missing prices, please let me know.

100 Greatest Books of all Time (leather, 1974-1982, $28.00)
First Edition Society (leather, 1976-1980)
Pulitzer Prize Series (leather, 1975-1982)
100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature (leather, 1976-1984, $35.00)
60 Signed Limited Editions (leather, 1977-1982, $45.00) - Franklin's most spectacular collection
Stories of the World's Greatest Writers (leather, 1977-1985)
20th Century's Greatest Books (leather, 1977-1982, $39.00)
World's Best-Loved Books (leather, 1977-1986, $39.00)
Great Books of the Western World (leather, 1978-1985) - A must have collection!
World's Great Books Family Library (quarter-bound, 1979-1984)
Heirloom Library of the World's Greatest Books (quarter-bound, 1979-1983)
Oxford Library of the World's Great Books (quarter-bound, 1981-1985).  Note:  eBay member bookfever has provided examples of at least some of this series being issued in full leather as well.
Greatest Books of the World's Greatest Writers (cloth, 1981-1985)
Signed First Edition Society (leather, 1983-2000)
Franklin Mystery Series (cloth and leather versions, 1986-1989 - Franklin offered these in either leather or cloth; however, the leather versions didn't sell well and Franklin discontinued them.  Apparently, the leather editions were separate and didn't follow the same sequence of the cloth editions.
Metropolitan Museum of Art (cloth and leather versions, 1987) - An absolutely beautiful 12-volume set with each volume highlighting the art of a different society and culture.
Foreign Language Editions (early '80s) - Franklin also issued great books collections in German (The German Masterworks I & II) and Japanese (The Japanese Heirloom Library), mostly leather-bound or quarter-bound, but with a few Sturdite editions as well (possibly just prototypes).

NOTE: Due to overlaps, it is not uncommon to find the same title published separately in several different collections, each one bound differently and often with different introductions.  Usually, either on the Title page or the Copyright page, you can determine to which collection the edition belongs.  An example of this is Warren's All the King's Men, which was published in three or four different collections.  By far, the one with the greatest value is the 1977 Signed Limited Edition.

Signed First Editions

100 Greatest Books of All Time

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Donleavy
Drury
Roth
Singer
Auchincloss
Buckley
Godwin
Heller
Lash
Lurie
Mailer
Oates
Obrien
Spark
Updike
Uris
Vidal
Bradbury
Burgess
Hersey
Irving
Morris
Salisbury
Spender
Stone
Toland
Vonnegut
Warren
Wiesel
Angelou
Auchincloss
Bourjaily
Cooke
Grau
Ludlum
Oates
Roth
Schlesinger
Settle
Theroux
Updike
Plimpton
Chatwin
Oates
Vonnegut
Miller
Wolfe
Burgess
Dunne
Hersey
Percy
Stegner
Vidal
Murdoch
Salisbury
Singer
Crichton
Carver
Mortimer
Lurie
Allende
Tyler
Davies
Morris
Huffington
Irving
Naipul
Keillor
Buckley
De Hartog
Kidder
Smith
Settle
Doctorow
Eco
Spillane
Spock
Crichton
Dunne
Hoffman
James
O'Brien
Potok
Rossner
Tryon
Turow
Updike
Vonnegut
Kurzweil
Tyler
Gordimer
Dexter
Adler
Binchy
Bond
Carey
Davies
Godwin
Ignatius
Morris
Tan
Stone
Talese
Hoffman
Updike
Binchy
Condon
Demille
Begley
Ackroyd
Crichton
Morrison
Sontag
Roth
Allende
Byatt
Turow
Oates
Atwood
Mayle
Crichton
Boyle
Dunne
Updike
Condon
Irving
Heller
Dexter
Carr
Doctorow
Dunne
Fisher
Michener
Douglas
James
Le Carre
Keneally
Tyler
Groom
Tan
Crichton
Koontz
Mailer
Uris
Simon
Oates
Kennedy
Smith
Byatt
Mayle
Puzo
Crichton
Turow
Bradbury
Deighton
Deighton
Spillane
Didion
Updike
Garner
James
Kennedy
Kerr
Mayle
Rendell
Roth
Theroux
Truscott
Updike
Carr
Dunne, D
Boyle
Tyler
Vidal
Hamilton
Stone
Patterson
O'Brien
Roth
Wolfe
Kellerman
Heller
Halberstam
Le Carre
Rice
Uris
Oates
Patterson
Turow
Forsyth
Crichton
Updike
Rice
Robbins
Goldman
Oates
Roth
Doctorow
Sontag
Wolfe
Cramer

Leila: Darcey Dancer
Decision
Anatomy Lesson
Penitent
Exit Lady Masham
Story Of Henri Todd
Finishing School
God Knows
World Of Love
Foreign Affairs
Tough Guys Don't Dance
Mysteries At Winterthorn
The Fanatic Heart
The Only Problem
Witches Of Eastwick
The Haj
Lincoln
Death Is A Lonely Business
Kingdom Of The Wicked
The Call
Ciderhouse Rules
A Cloak Of Light
The Long March
Journals 1939-83
Depths Of Glory
Gods Of War
Galapagos
New & Selected Poems: 1923-85
Fifth Son
All Gods Children ...Traveling Shoes
Diary Of A Yuppie
Great Fake Book
The Patient Has The Floor
Nine Women
Bourne Supremacy
Marya, A Life
The Counterlife
Cycles Of American History
Celebration
O-Zone
Rogers Version
Curious Case Of Sidd Finch
Songlines
You Must Remember This
Bluebeard
Timebends
Bonfire Of The Vanities
Little Wilson And Big God
Red White And Blue
Blues
Thanatos Syndrone
Crossing To Safety
Empire
The Book And The Brotherhood
Time Of Change
Death Of Methuselah
Travels
Where I'm Calling From
Summers Lease
Truth About Lorin Jones
Eva Luna
Breathing Lessons
Lyre Of Orpheus
Hong Kong
Picasso
A Prayer For Owen Meany
Turn In The South
We Are Still Married
On The Firing Line
The Centurion
Among School Children
Polar Star
Charlie Bland
Billy Bathgate
Foucault's Pendulum
Killing Man
Spock On Spock
Jurassic Park
An Inconvenient Woman
Seventh Heaven
Devices And Desires
Things They Carried
Gift Of Asher Lev
His Little Women
Wings Of The Morning
Burden Of Proof
Rabbit At Rest
Hocus Pocus
A Case Of Curiosities
Saint Maybe
Jump & Other Stories
Brotherly Love
Private Lives
Circle Of Friends
Vortex
Tax Inspector
Murther & Walking Spirits
Father Melancholy's Daughter
Siro
Dangerous Woman
Kitchen Gods Wife
Outerbridge Reach
Unto The Sons
Turtle Moon
Memories Of The Ford Administration
Copper Beech
Venerable Bead
General's Daughter
Man Who Was Late
English Music
Rising Sun
Jazz
Volcano Lover
Operation Shylock
Infinite Plan
Angels & Insects
Pleading Guilty
Foxfire
Robber Bride
Hotel Pastis: Novel Of Provence
Disclosure
Road To Wellville
Season In Purgatory
Brazil
Prizzi's Money
Son Of The Circus
Closing Time
Paper Boy
Alienist
Waterworks
Playland
Delusions Of Grandma
Recessional
Last Tango in Brooklyn
Original Sin
Our Game
River Town
Ladder Of Years
Gump & Co
Hundred Secret Senses
Lost World
Intensity
Oswalds Tale
Redemption
Three From The Stage
Will You Always Love Me?
Flaming Corsage
Rose
Babel Tower
Anything Considered
Last Don
Airframe
Laws Of Our Father
Quicker Than The Eye
Charity
Hope
Black Alley
The Last Thing He Wanted
In the Beauty of the Lilies
Apocolypse Wow
A Certain Justice
Big Picture
Esau
Chasing Cezanne
Road Rage
American Pastoral
Kowloon Tong
Heart Of War
Toward The End Of Time
Angel of Darkness
Another City Not My Own
Riven Rock
Patchwork Planet
Smithsonian Instiution
Short History Of A Prince
Damascus Gate
No Safe Place
Tomcat In Love
I Married A Communist
Man In Full
Billy Straight
Now and Then
Playing For Keeps: Michael Jordan
Single & Single
Vittorio The Vampire
God In Ruins
Broke Heart Blues
Dark Lady
Personal Injuries
Phantom Of Manhattan
Timeline
Gertrude And Claudius
Merrick
Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates
Which Lie Did I Tell?
Blonde
Human Stain
City of God
In America
Hooking Up
Joe Dimaggio: The Hero's Life

The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams
Oresteia by Aeschylus
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
Five Comedies by Aristophanes
Politics by Aristotle
The Confessions of St. Augustine
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Selected Writings by Sir Francis Bacon
Pere Goriot by Honore De Balzac
The Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire
Songs of Innocence and of Experience by William Blake
The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
The Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan
Tales From The Arabian Nights by Sir Richard F. Burton
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Don Quixote de La Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
Plays by Anton Chekhov
The Analects of Confucius
Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
The Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin
Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Stories by Guy de Maupassant
Essays by Michel de Montaigne
Philosophical Works by Rene Descartes
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Poems by John Donne
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
Collected Poems 1909-1962 by T.S. Eliot
Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Plays by Euripides
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
The Basic Works of Sigmund Freud
The Poetry of Robert Frost
Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Favorite Household Tales by The Brothers Grimm
The Federalist by Hamilton, Madison and Jay
The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
The Iliad by Homer
The Odyssey by Homer
Plays by Henrik Ibsen
The Ambassadors by Henry James
Nine Tales by Henry James
Ulysses by James Joyce
The Trial by Franz Kafka
Poems by John Keats
Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
Five Stories by Thomas Mann
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
Political Writings of John Stuart Mill
Paradise Lost by John Milton
Seven Plays by Moliere
Four Plays by Eugene O'Neill
Political Writings of Thomas Paine
Pensees by Blaise Pascal
Satyricon by Petronius
The Republic by Plato
Twelve Illustrious Lives by Plutarch
Tales by Edgar Allen Poe
Swann's Way by Mareel Proust
Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais
Six Tragedies by Jean Racine
Political Writings of Jean Jacques Rousseau
Eight Comedies by William Shakespeare
Six Histories by William Shakespeare
Poems by William Shakespeare
Six Tragedies by William Shakespeare
Three Plays by Bernard Shaw
The Tragedies of Sophocles
The Red and the Black by Stendhal
Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
Walden by Henry D. Thoreau
The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Aeneid by Virgil
Candide by Voltaire
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Lyrical Ballads by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Selected Poems of William Butler Yeats
Nana by Emile Zola

Pulitzer Prize Winners
Year Won/Title/Author
1918 His Family by Ernest Poole
1919 Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams
1919 The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
1921 The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
1922 Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington
1923 One of Ours by Willa Cather
1924 The Able McLaughlins by Margaret Wilson
1925 So Big by Edna Ferber
1926 Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis
1927 Early Autumn by Louis Bromfield
1928 The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
1928/1930 Two Plays by Eugene O'Neil/Mark Connelley
1929 Scarlet Sister Mary by Julia Peterkin
1929 John Brown's Body by Stephen Vincent Benet
1930 Laughing Boy by Oliver Lafarge
1931 Years of Grace by Margaret Ayer Barnes
1931 Collected Poems by Robert Frost
1932 The Good Earth by Pearl Buck
1933 The Store by T. S. Stribling
1934 Lamb in His Bosom by Caroline Miller
1935 Now in November by Josephine Winslow Johnson
1936 Honey in the Horn by Harold L. Davis
1937 Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
1936/1939/1941 Three Plays by Sherwood
1937 The Flowering of New England by Van Wyck Brooks
1938/1943 Our Town/Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder
1938 The Late George Apley by John P. Marquand
1939 Benjamin Franklin by Carl Van Doren
1939 The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
1940 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
1941 (No Award)
1942 In This Our Life by Ellen Glasgow
1943 Dragon's Teeth by Upton Sinclair
1943 Admiral of the Ocean Sea by Samuel E. Morison
1943 Paul Revere by Esther Forbes
1944 Journey in the Dark by Martin Flavin
1945 A Bell For Adano by John Hersey
1946 The Age of Jackson by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
1947 All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
1948/1955 Two Plays by Tennesse Williams
1948 Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener
1948 Across the Wide Missouri by Bernard DeVoto
1949 Guard of Honor by James Gould Cozzens 
1950 The Way West by A. B. Guthrie, Jr.
1951 The Town by Conrad Richter
1951 Sandburg's Poems Complete
1952 The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk
1952 Collected Poems by Marianne Moore
1953 The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway
1954 Spirit of St. Louis by Charles A. Lindbergh
1954 A Stillness at Appomattox by Bruce Catton
1955 A Fable by William Faulkner
1956 Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor
1957 Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy
1957 Russia Leaves the War by George F. Kennan
1958 A Death In The Family by James Agee
1959 The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters by Robert Lewis Taylor
1960 Advise and Consent by Allen Drury
1961 To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
1962 The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O'Connor
1962 Making of a President '60 by Theodore H. White
1963 The Reivers by William Faulkner
1963 The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman
1965 The Keepers Of The House by Shirley Ann Grau
1966 The Collected Stories Of Katherine Anne Porter
1967 Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain by Justin Kaplan
1967 Plays by Miller/Macleish/Albee
1967 The Fixer by Bernard Malamud
1968 The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron
1969 House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday
1969 So Human an Animal by Rene Jules Dubos
1970 Collected Stories by Jean Stafford
1972 Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
1972 Eleanor and Franklin by Joseph Lash
1973 The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty
1973 Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam by Francis Fitzgerald
1974 Americans and the Democratic Experience by Daniel Boorstin
1975 The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
1976 Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow
1976 Edith Wharton: A Biography by R.W.B. Lewis
1978 Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson
1979 The Stories of John Cheever
1980 Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
1982 Rabbit is Rich by John Udike
1982 The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder

 

Franklin Mystery Series

Tiger In The Smoke - Allingham, Margery
A Coffin For Dimitrios - Ambler, Eric
Trent's Last Case - Bentley, E.C.
The House Without a Key - Biggers, Earl Derr
The Beast Must Die - Blake, Nicholas
The 39 Steps - Buchan, John
Postman Always Rings Twice/Double Indemniity - Cain, James M.
Laura - Casperi, Vera
Farewell My Lovely - Chandler, Raymond
The Innocence Of Father Brown - Chesterson, G.K.
The Mousetrap And Other Plays - Christie, Agatha
The Moonstone - Collins, Wilkie
Great American Mysteries - Compilation
Great British Mysteries - Compilation
The Long Divorce - Crispin, Edmund
The Ipcress File - Deighton, Len
The Mystery Of Edwin Drood - Dickens, Charles
The Great Cases Of Sherlock Holmes - Doyle, Arthur Conan
Rebecca - Dumaurier, Daphne
Payment Deferred - Forrester, C.S.
The Day Of The Jackel - Forsyth, Frederick
Bloodsport - Francis, Dick
Quiet As A Nun - Fraser, Antonia
The D A Calls It Murder - Gardner, Erle Stanley
The Maltese Falcon - Hammett, Dashiell
Raffles - Hornung, E.W.
The Man From The Sea - Innes, Michael
Ghostly Tales - James, Henry
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - Lecarre, John
A Kiss Before Dying - Levin, Ira
Compulsion - Levin, Meyer
The Lodger - Lowndes, M.B.
Thank You Mr. Moto - Marquand, J.P.
Ashden British Agent - Maugham, Somerset W.
Overture To Death - Marsh, Ngaio
Red House - Milne, A.A.
Man In The Corner - Orczy, Baroness
Tales Of Mystery And Imagination - Poe, Edgar Allen
Roman Hat Mystery - Queen, Ellery
The Door - Rinehart, Mary
The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu - Rohmer, Sax
Murder Must Advertise - Sayers, Dorothy L.
The Patience of Maigret - Simenon, Gerorges
Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde - Stevenson, Robert Louis
Fer-De-Lance - Stout, Rex
Daughter Of Time - Tey, Josephine
Anatomy Of A Murder - Traver, Robert
The Benson Murder Case - Van Dine, S.S.
Crimson Circle - Wallace, Edgar
Dorian Gray - Wilde. Oscar
The Bride Wore Black - Woolrich, Cornell

Collected Stories of the Worlds Greatest Writers

1. Fayodor Dostoevsky (Notes from Underground, The Gambler, Poor People.)
2. F. Scott Fitzgerald (28 Collected Stories.)
3. Thomas Hardy (Wessex Tales.)
4. Katherine Anne Porter (27 Collected Stories.)
5. Daphne DuMaurier (Kiss Me Again Stranger.)
6. H. G. Wells (The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds.)
7. George Orwell (Animal Farm.)
8.Thornton Wilder (The Cabala, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, The Woman of Andros.)
9. Isak Dinesen (Seven Gothic Tales.)
10. John P. Marquand ( Mr. Moto's Three Aces.)
11. Frank Kafka (The Complete Writings.)
12. John Updike (Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories.)
13. Flannery O'Connor (The Complete Stories.)
14. John O'Hara (Sermons and Soda-Water.)
15. Ernest Hemingway (The First Forty-Nine Stories.)
16. Giovanni Boccaccio (Stories From the Decameron.)
17. Eudora Welty (Moon Lake and 12 Other Stories.)
18. Hermann Hesse (Stories of Five Decades.)
19. James Joyce (Dubliners.)
20. Edna Ferber (One Basket.)
21. John Steinbeck (Tortilla Flat, Of Mice and Men, Cannery Row.)
22. Joel Chandler Harris (Uncle Remus.)
23. John Galsworthy (The Apple Tree and Other Tales.)
24. Nathaniel Hawthorne (35 Stories.)
25. Saki ( H. H. Munroe 38 Stories.)
26. Vladimir Nabokov (Nabokov's Dozen.)
27. Sinclair Lewis (13 Stories.)
28. Miguel De Cervantes (Three Exemplary Novels.)
29. Mark Twain (The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg and 18 Other Stories.)
30. Robert Louis Stevenson (New Arabian Nights.)
31. Aldous Huxley (21 Collected Short Stories.)
32. Henry James (Seven Tales.)
33. Rudyard Kipling (17 Stories.)
34. Gustave Flaubert (Three Tales.)
35. Edith Wharton (22 Stories.)
36. Sarah Orne Jewett (The Country of the Pointed Firs and 4 Stories)
37. James A. Michener (Tales of the South Pacific.)
38. W. Somerset Maugham (14 Selected Stories.)
39. Zane Grey (The Ranger and 3 Other Stories.)
40. Truman Capote (Breakfast at Tiffany's and Three Stories.)
41. Hans Christian Andersen (74 Fairy Tales.)
42. Guy de Maupassant (30 Stories.)
43. Leo Tolstoy ( The Kreutzer and 10 Other Stories.)
44. Willa Cather (The Troll Garden & Obscure Destinies.)
45. Stephen Vincent BenZt. (Thirteen O'Clock - Stories of Several Worlds.)
46. Katherine Mansfield (73 Short Stories.)
47. D.H. Lawrence (Four Short Novels.)
48. Alexander Pushkin (The Queen of Spades and 3+ Other Tales.)
49. Booth Tarkington (7 Stories.)
50. Anton Chekhov (Peasants and 8 Other Stories.)
51. Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness and 10 Other Tales.)
52. Dashiell Hammett (The Continental Op.)
53. Aesop (222 Fables, Fully Indexed.)
54. Ring Lardner (Round Up.)
55. Anthony Trollope (Tales of All Countries and 8 Other Stories.)
56. Bret Harte (16 California Stories.)
57. Dylan Thomas (25 Collected Stories.)
58. Bernard Malamud (The Magic Barrel and Idiots First.)
59. Thomas Wolfe (From Death to Morning.)
60. O. Henry (45 Selected Stories.)
61. Nikolai Gogol (Taras Bulba and 8 Other Tales.)
62. William Faulkner (These Thirteen.)
63. Thomas Mann (5 Stories.)
64. Dorothy Parker (Here Lies. 24 Collected Stories.)
65. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (The Best of Sherlock Holmes.)
66. Charles Dickens (Three Christmas Books.)
67. James Thurber (The Thurber Carnival.)
68. Damon Runyod (Guys and Dolls.)
69. Geoffrey Chaucer (Canterbury Tales.)
70. Sherwood Anderson (Winesburg, Ohio.
71. E. T. A. Hoffmann (4 Tales.)
72. Jean-Paul Sartre (The Wall and 5 Other Stories.)
73. Albert Camus ( Exile and the Kingdom.)
74. Ivan Turgenev (First Love and 7 Other Tales.)
75. The Brothers Grimm (100 Fairy Tales.)
76. Jonathan Swift (Gulliver's Travels.)
77. Graham Greene (This Gun for Hire, The Confidential Agent, The Ministry of Fear.)
78. Edgar Allan Poe (A Descent into the Maelstrsm and 23 Other Tales.)
79. Isaac Bashevis Singer (Gimpel the Fool and 10 Other Stories.)
80. Honore de Balzac (32 Droll Stories.)
81. Stephen Crane (Maggie: A Girl of the Streets and 22 Selected Stories.)
82. Kurt Vonnegut (Welcome to the Monkey House.)
83. Heinrich Bsll (18 Stories.)
84. Erskine Caldwell (27 Stories.)
85. Luigi Pirandello (22 Stories.)
86. Lewis Carroll (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.)
87. Langston Hughes (Laughing to Keep from Crying and 25 Jesse Semple Stories.)
88. Theodore Dreiser (The Best (14) Short Stories.)
89. Ambrose Bierce (In the Midst of Life - Tales of Soldiers and Civilians.)
90. Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (Stories.)
91. Jack London (16 Tales of the Northland.)
92. Oscar Wilde (Stories & Fairy Tales.)
93. Franois Marie Arouet Voltaire (Candide and Zadig.)
94. Herman Melville (Billy Budd, Sailor and The (6) Piazza Tales.)
95. George Eliot (Scenes of Clerical Life.
96. Alexandre Dumas (36 Stories.)
97. Washington Irving (The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon Gent.)
98. Carson McCullers (8 Collected Short Stories.)
99. Jorge Luis Borges (Ficciones.)
100. Jules Verne (Around the World in Eighty Days & From the Earth to the Moon.)

100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature
(1977 – 1984)

1. Typee by Herman Melville.
2. The Country of the Pointed Firs and 14 Other Stories by Sarah OrneJewett.
3. All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren.
4. Two Years Before the Mast By Richard Henry Dana.
5. 48 Collected Poems and 3 Essays on Poetry by Edgar Allan Poe.
6. 1919 by John Dos Passos
7. Personae - A Draft of 30 Cantos by Ezea Pound.
8. Selected Poems by William Carlos Williams.
9. Collected Poems by W. H. Auden.
10. Abraham Lincoln His Speeches and His Writings.
11. Interpretations and Forecasts: 1922-1972 by Lewis Mumford.
12. The Frontier in American History by Frederick Jackson Turner.
13. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.
14. Look Homeward Angel by Thomas Wolfe.
15. The Ambassadors by Henry James.
16. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen.
17. My Antonia by Willa Cather.
18. Admiral of the Ocean Sea, A Life of Christopher Columbus, by Samuel Eliot Morison.
19. Walden or Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau.
20. E. E Cummings Collected Poems.
21. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson.
22. Essays (1st & 2nd Series) by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
23. The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens.
24. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.
25. Poor Richard's Almanacks for 1733 - 1758 by Benjamin Franklin.
26. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner.
27. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
28. The Collected Poems of Marianne Moore.
29. The Call of the Wild by Jack London.
30. The Oregon Trail by Francis Parkman.
31. Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain.
32. The Complete Poems of Hart Crane.
33. Six Plays by Lillian Hellman.
34. The Collected Poems 1909 - 1962 of T. S. Eliot.
35. Round Up ( The Stories of Ring Lardner.)
36. Selected Tales by Henry James.
37. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman (the 9th "Deathbed" edition).
38. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. by Washington Irving.
39. Freedom of the Will by Jonathan Edwards.
40. Abraham Lincoln, The Prairie Years and the War Years, by Carl Sandburg.
41. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane.
42. The Life and Selected Writings of Thomas Jefferson.
43. Poems (69) by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
44. The Poetry of Robert Frost.
45. Moby Dick or The Whale by Herman Melville.
46. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
47. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
48. The First Forty-Nine Stories by Ernest Hemingway.
49. The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper.
50. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.
51. John Brown's Body by Stephen Vincent BenZt.
52. A Mencken Chrestomathy by H. L. Mencken.
53. The Journals of Lewis and Clark (edited by Bernard DeVoto.)
54. Letters from an American Farmer by J. Hector St. John Drvecoeur.
55. The Federalist American State Papers.
56. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.
57. A Week on the Concord and Merrimak Rivers by Henry David Thoreau.
58. Billy Budd, Sailor & The (6) Piazza Tales by Herman Melville.
59. Dusk of Dawn by W. E. Burghardt Du Bois (Fully Indexed.)
60. Uncle Remus by Joel Chandler Harris.
61. McTeague by Frank Norris.
62. Final Harvest by Emily Dickinson.
63. 23 Sories by Stephen Crane.
64. The Sound and The Fury by William Faulkner.
65. Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow.
66. 121 Selected Poems of Edwin Arlington Robinson.
67. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams. (Fully Indexed.)
68. Up From Slavery, an Autobiography by Booker T. Washington.
69. The Flowering of New England 1815 -1865 b y Van Wyck Brooks.
70. Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin.
71. The Thurber Carnival by James Thurber.
72. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
73. Psychology by William James.
74. Of Plymouth Plantation 1620 - 1647 by William Bradford. (Fully Indexed.)
75. The Poems of Ralph Waldo Emerson.
76. 35 Selected Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
77. Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters.
78. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
79. Thornton Wilder's Plays (Our Town, The Skin of Our Teeth and The Matchmaker).
80. Pragmatism by William James. (Fully Indexed.)
81. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser.
82. Miss Lonelyhearts and The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West.
83. Flannery O'Connor (The Complete Stories.)
84. The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce.
85. Eugene O'Neill (Four Plays.)
86. Common Sense, The American Crisis and The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine.
87. Twenty Years at Hull-House by Jane Adams.
88. Uncle Tom's Cabin or Life among the Lowly by Harriet Beecher Stowe.
89. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis.
90. The Tell-Tale Heart and 23 Other Stories by Edgar Allan Poe.
91. The 27 Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter.
92. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.
93. 5 Collected Plays by Arthur Miller.
94. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells.
95. 7 Selected Plays by Tennessee Williams.
96. The DeerSlayer by James Fenimore Cooper.
97. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway.
98. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway.
99. Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres by Henry Adams. (Fully Indexed.)
100. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

World's Best-Loved Books

Aesop: Aesop's Fables (Trans. Thomas James & George Tyler Townsend)
Alcott, Louisa May: Little Women
Andersen, Hans Christian: Fairy Tales (Trans. H. L. Braekstad)
Austen, Jane: Pride And Prejudice
Balzac, Honoré De: Père Goriot
Baum, L. Frank: The Wizard Of Oz
Blackmore, Richard D.: Lorna Doone
Brontë, Charlotte: Jayne Eyre
Brontë, Emily: Wuthering Heights
Buck, Pearl S.: The Good Earth
Bunyan, John: The Pilgrim's Progress
Burton, Richard, Sir: Tales From The Arabian Nights
Carroll, Lewis: Alice's Adventures In Wonderland
Chekhov, Anton: Peasants And Other Stories
Chekhov, Anton: Plays
Collins, Wilkie: The Moonstone
Conrad, Joseph: Eight Tales
Conrad, Joseph: Lord Jim
Cooper, James Fenimore: The Deerslayer
Cooper, James Fenimore: The Last Of The Mohicans
Crane, Stephen: The Red Badge Of Courage
Dana, Richard Henry, Jr.: Two Years Before The Mast
Defoe, Daniel: Moll Flanders
Defoe, Daniel: Robinson Crusoe
Dickens, Charles: A Christmas Carol; The Chimes; The Cricket On The Hearth
Dickens, Charles: Great Expectations
Dickens, Charles: A Tale Of Two Cities
Dostoevsky, Fyodor: Crime And Punishment (Trans. Jessie Coulson)
Drieser, Theodore: Sister Carrie
Dumas, Alexandre: The Three Musketeers
Eliot, George (Mary Ann [Later Marian] Evans): Silas Marner
Emerson, Ralph Waldo: Essays: First & Second Series
Faulkner, William: Light In August
Ferber, Edna: Giant
Fielding, Henry: The History Of Tom Jones, A Foundling
Fitzgerald, Edward: The Rubáiyát Of Omar Khayyám (Trans. Edward Fitzgerald)
Flaubert, Gustave: Madame Bovary (Trans. Francis Steegmuller)
Franklin, Benjamin: The Autobiography Of Benjamin Franklin
Galsworthy, John: The Man Of Property
Goldsmith, Oliver: The Vicar Of Wakefield
Grimm (The Brothers Grimm): Snow-White And Other Tales (Trans. Margaret Hunt)
Hardy, Thomas: The Return Of The Native
Harris, Joel Chandler: Uncle Remus
Harte, Bret: Sixteen Stories
Hawthorne, Nathaniel: The House Of The Seven Gables
Hawthorne, Nathaniel: The Scarlet Letter
Hawthorne, Nathaniel: Tales
Hemingway, Ernest: For Whom The Bell Tolls
Hemingway, Ernest: Stories Of Three Continents
Hilton, James: Lost Horizon
Hope, Anthony: The Prisoner Of Zenda
Ibsen, Henrik: Four Plays
Irving, Washington: The Sketch Book Of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.
James, Henry: The Portrait Of A Lady
James, Henry: Selected Tales
Jones, James: From Here To Eternity
Keats, John: Poems Of John Keats
Kipling, Rudyard: Captains Courageous
Lewis, Sinclair: Main Street
London, Jack: The Sea Wolf
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth: Poems
Maugham, W. Somerset: Tales From The East And The West
Maupassant, Guy De: Stories (Trans. Roger Colet)
Melville, Herman: Moby Dick (The Whale)
Milton, John: Paradise Lost
Mitchell, Margaret: Gone With The Wind
Munro, H. H. ("Saki"): The Best Of Saki
Nordhoff, Charles; & Hall, James Norman: Mutiny On The Bounty
O'neill, Eugene: Four Plays
Parkman, Francis: The Oregon Trail
Poe, Edgar Allan: Collected Poems
Poe, Edgar Allan: The Masque of The Red Death And Other Tales
Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan: The Yearling
Scott, Walter, Sir: Ivanhoe
Shakespeare, William: The Poems of William Shakespeare
Shakespeare, William: Seven Comedies
Shakespeare, William: Six Tragedies
Shikibu, Murasaki: The Tale Of Genji: The Uji Chapters
Steinbeck, John: The Grapes Of Wrath
Stendhal (Beyle, Marie-Henri): The Red And The Black
Stevenson, Robert Louis: Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde
Stevenson, Robert Louis: Treasure Island
Stone, Irving: Lust For Life
Swift, Jonathan: Gulliver's Travels
Tennyson, Alfred Lord: In Memoriam And Other Poems
Thackeray, William: Vanity Fair
Thoreau, Henry David: Walden (Life In The Woods)
Thurber, James: The Thurber Carnival
Trollope, Anthony: Barchester Towers
Turgenev, Ivan: Fathers And Sons
Twain, Mark: The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn
Twain, Mark: The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer
Twain, Mark: Life On The Mississippi
Verne, Jules: Around The World In Eighty Days
Verne, Jules: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea
Voltaire: Candide (Optimism) (Trans. Tobias Smollet)
Whitman, Walt: Selected Poems Of Walt Whitman
Wouk, Herman: The Caine Mutiny
Wyss, Johann David: The Swiss Family Robinson
Zola, Emile: Nana - Trans. George Holden

20th Century's Greatest Books
(Set of 50)

Adams, Henry: The Education Of Henry Adams
Anderson, Sherwood: Winesburg, Ohio
Auden, W. H.: Collected Poems
Beckett, Samuel: Three Plays
Borges, Jorge Luis: Ficciones
Chekhov, Anton: Two Plays {The Three Sisters; The Cherry Orchard}
Churchill, Winston S.: Their Finest Hour
Conrad, Joseph: Nostromo: A Tale Of The Seaboard
Einstein, Albert: The Meaning Of Relativity [5th Ed.]
Eliot, T. S.: Collected Poems, 1909-1962
Faulkner, William: The Sound And The Fury
Fitzgerald, F. Scott: The Great Gatsby
Ford, Ford Madox: The Good Soldier
Forster, E. M.: A Passage To India
Frazer, James George, Sir: The Golden Bough: A Study In Magic And Religion
Freud, Sigmund: Basic Works
Frost, Robert: The Poetry Of Robert Frost
Galsworthy, John: The Man Of Property
Gide, André: The Counterfeiters
Hemingway, Ernest: The Sun Also Rises
James, Henry: The Ambassadors
Joyce, James: Dubliners
Joyce, James: Ulysses
Kafka, Franz: The Trial
Lawrence, D. H.: Sons And Lovers
Malraux, André: Man's Fate
Mann, Thomas: The Magic Mountain
Márquez, Gabriel Garcia: One Hundred Years Of Solitude
Mitchell, Margaret: Gone With The Wind
Nabokov, Vladimir: Lolita
O'Casey, Sean: Six Plays 
O'Connor, Flannery: A Good Man Is Hard To Find And Other Stories
O'Neill, Eugene: Four Plays
Pasternak, Boris: Doctor Zhivago
Pound, Ezra: Personae; A Draft Of XXX Cantos
Proust, Marcel: Swann's Way
Rilke, Rainer Maria: Duino Elegies And Sonnets To Orpheus
Sandburg, Carl: Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years & The War Years
Shaw, Bernard: Four Plays
Silone, Ignazio: Bread And Wine
Steinbeck, John: The Grapes Of Wrath
Stevens, Wallace: The Collected Poems Of Wallace Stevens
Warren, Robert Penn: All The King's Men
Waugh, Evelyn: Decline And Fall
Wharton, Edith: The Age Of Innocence
Whitehead, Alfred North: Science And The Modern World
Wilder, Thornton: Three Plays
Wolfe, Thomas: Look Homeward, Angel
Woolf, Virginia: To The Lighthouse
Yeats, William Butler: The Collected Poems Of W. B. Yeats

The Great Books of the Western World
25th Anniversary Edition in 96 Volumes
(Issued from 1978 to 1985)
Full leather-bound
(Licensed by Encylopaedia Britannica)

Syntopicon (three volume guide to The Great Books)
Homer - The Odyssey (1978)
Homer - The Iliad (1979)
Aeschylus - Complete Plays (1978)
Sophocles - Plays (1980)
Euripides - Plays, Volume One (1983)
Euripides - Plays, Volume Two (1984)
Aristophanes - Plays, Volume One (1982)
Aristophanes - Plays, Volume Two (1982)
Herodotus - The History of Herodotus (1984)
Thucydides - The History of the Peloponnesian War (1978)
Plato - The Works of Plato, Volume One (1979)
Plato - The Works of Plato, Volume Two (1981)
Plato - The Works of Plato, Volume One (1983)
Aristotle - Volume One (1978)
Aristotle - Volume Two (1979)
Aristotle - Volume Three (1982)
Aristotle - Volume Four (1984)
Hippocrates and Galen (1979)
Euclid, Archimedes, Apollonius and Nicomachus (1985)
Lucretius, Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius (1981)
Virgil - The Aeneid (1980)
Virgil - The Eclogues and The Georgics (1981)
Plutarch - The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans I (1979)
Plutarch - The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans II (1980)
Plutarch - The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans III (1981)
Plutarch - The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans IV (1981)
Tacitus - The Annals and The Histories (1979)
Ptolemy, Copernicus and Kepler (1985)
Plotinus - The Enneads (1983)
Saint Augustine - The Confessions of Saint Augustine (1980)
Saint Augustine - The City of God and On Christian Doctrine (1985)
Saint Thomas Aquinas - Summa Theologica I (1985)
Saint Thomas Aquinas - Summa Theologica II (1985)
Dante - The Divine Comedy (1978)
Geoffrey Chaucer - Troilus and Cressida (1982)
Geoffrey Chaucer - The Canterbury Tales (two volumes) (1983)
Machiavelli and Hobbes - Political Writings (1983)
François Rabelais - Gargantua and Pantagruel I (1979)
François Rabelais - Gargantua and Pantagruel II (1979)
Montaigne - Book One (1979)
Montaigne - Book Two (1979)
Montaigne - Book Three (1980)
William Shakespeare - Volume One (early history plays) (1978)
William Shakespeare - Volume Two (early comedies and tragedies) (1979)
William Shakespeare - Volume Three (later plays) (1979)
William Shakespeare - Volume Four (later plays) (1980)
William Shakespeare - Volume Five (later plays) (1981)
William Shakespeare - Volume Six (tragedies) (1982)
William Shakespeare - Volume Seven (sonnets and last plays) (1983)
Gilbert, Galileo and Harvey (1984)
Cervantes - Don Quixote de la Mancha I (1978)
Cervantes - Don Quixote de la Mancha II (a sequel) (1982)
Sir Fancis Bacon - Selected Writings (1980)
Descartes and Spinoza (1982
John Milton - Poetry and Prose (1978)
Pascal - Provincial Letters, Pensées and Scientific Treatises (1984)
Newton and Huygens (1985)
Locke, Berkeley and Hume (1984)
Johathan Swift - Gulliver's Travels (1982)
Laurence Sterne - Tristram Shandy (1983)
Henry Fielding - Tom Jones (two volumes) (1981)
Charles de Montesquieu - The Spirit of Laws (1984)
Jean Jacques Rousseau - Selected Writings (1982)
Adam Smith - The Wealth of Nations (1978)
Edward Gibbon - The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volumes 1 and 2 (1980)
Edward Gibbon - The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volumes 3 and 4 (1981)
Edward Gibbon - The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volumes 5 and 6 (1982)
Kant and Hegel (1985)
Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay - The Federalist (1980)
John Stuart Mill - Political Writings (1981)
James Boswell - The Life of Samuel Johnson (three volumes) (1983)
Lavoisier, Fourier and Faraday (1985)
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - Faust (1978)
Herman Melville - Moby-Dick (two volumes) (1980)
Charles Darwin - The Origin of Species (1978)
Charles Darwin - The Descent of Man (1980)
Marx and Engels - Capital and The Manifesto of the Communist Party (1984)
Leo Tolstoy - War and Peace (three volumes) (1984)
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky - The Brothers Karamazov (1978)
William James - The Principles of Psychology (1985)
Sigmund Freud - The Major Works, Volume One (1981)
Sigmund Freud - The Major Works, Volume Two (1982)
Sigmund Freud - The Major Works, Volume Three (1983)

Signed Limited Editions
(60 in the series)
These are perhaps the most beautiful of the Franklin editions (and certainly the
most expensive).  Each volume is bound in beautiful, plush full leather, with all
the normal Franklin finery, and the author's signature was protected with an
unattached tissue insert, which most copies still have.

Title

Author

Year

Advise and Consent

Allen Drury

1977

Agony and the Ecstasy

Irving Stone

1977

All the King's Men

Robert Penn Warren

1977

The Caine Mutiny

Herman Wouk

1977

Exodus

Leon Uris

1977

Rabbit Run

John Updike

1977

The Rector of Justin

Louis Auchincloss

1977

A Stillness at Appomattox

Bruce Catton

1977

The Affluent Society

John Kenneth Galbraith

1978

A Bell For Adano

John Hersey

1978

The Big Rock Candy Mountain

Wallace Stegner

1978

Catch 22

Joseph Heller

1978

Cry the Beloved Country

Alan Paton

1978

Five Plays

Jean-Paul Sartre

1978

The Ginger Man

J.P. Donleavy

1978

Goodbye Columbus and Other Stories

Philip Roth

1978

The Group

Mary McCarthy

1978

The Last Angry Man

Gerald Green

1978

Slaughterhouse-Five

Kurt Vonnegut

1978

The Wapshot Chronicle

John Cheever

1978

Confessions of Nat Turner

William Styron

1979

Darkness at Noon

Arthur Koestler

1979

The French Lieutenant's Woman

John Fowles

1979

Go Tell It on the Mountain

James Baldwin

1979

God's Little Acre

Erskine Caldwell

1979

The Naked and the Dead

Norman Mailer

1979

Other Voices, Other Rooms

Truman Capote

1979

The Second Sex

Simone de Beauvoir

1979

Them

Joyce Carol Oates

1979

A Thousand Days

Arthur Schlesinger

1979

The Young Lions

Irwin Shaw

1979

Young Lonigan

James Ferrell

1979

Burr

Gore Vidal

1980

Collected Plays

Arthur Miller

1980

The Coming Fury

Bruce Catton

1980

Gimpel the Fool

Isaac Singer

1980

In Search of History

Theodore H. White

1980

The Invisible Man

Ralph Ellison

1980

Justine

Lawrence Durrell

1980

The Moviegoer

Walker Percy

1980

The Optimist's Daughter

Eudora Welty

1980

Selected Plays

Tennessee Williams

1981

Shoes of the Fisherman

Morris West

1980

The Sot-Weed Factor

John Barth

1980

The Affair

C.P. Snow

1981

Birds of America

Mary McCarthy

1981

A Book of Common Prayer

Joan Didion

1981

Deliverance

James Dickey

1981

Eleanor and Franklin

Joseph P. Lash

1981

A God Against the Gods

Allen Drury

1981

Julian

Gore Vidal

1981

Lust for Life

Irving Stone

1981

Marjorie Morningstar

Herman Wouk

1981

Mary, Queen of Scots

Antonia Fraser

1981

Rabbit Redux

John Updike

1981

Selected Poems 1923-1975

Robert Penn Warren

1981

The Collector

John Fowles

1982

Good As Gold

Joseph Heller

1982

Lie Down in Darkness

William Styron

1982

The Wall

John Hersey

1982

 
For those of you who are curious about irrelevant details (like me), I did a little analysis of the Signed First Edition list to find which authors were most published. I came up with John Updike in first place with 8; followed by Michael Crichton, Joyce Oates and Philip Roth with 6 each; and Scott Turow and Anne Tyler with 4 each. Another seven authors each had 3.

I often get questions as to which Franklins are the most collectible. This is harder to answer. Franklin has hit a lot of home runs by featuring Signed First Editions which went on to win major awards, including several Pulitzer Prize winners. These are always good collectibles. Also very popular are most of their Signed Limited Edition reprints. Finally, there are a lot of what I consider underpriced Franklins out there (which I am always looking for) which should make a great investment. If you consider that most of these books originally sold for over $40 and can now be bought for $20 - $30 in mint condition, what more could you ask for!

List of Highest Valued Franklin books

The following is a listing of those Franklins (all signed First or Limited Editions) which have maintained a high value over the years.  These are books which the original collectors are keeping and which are seldom offered on the market.  When they are, they are usually snatched up by another collector to disappear again from the marketplace for years.  Any of these are well worth the investment if you can find one at a reasonable price.

Second Sex by Simone De Beauvoir
Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving
Collected Plays (includes Death of a Salesman) by Arthur Miller
Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
Five Plays by Jean-Paul Sartre
The Big Rock Candy Mountain by Wallace Stegner
Lust for Life by Irving Stone
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
Selected Plays by Tennessee Williams (1980 edition)

I hope this was helpful for you Franklin collectors.

Last updated 3/18/06