The Franklin Library, a division of The Franklin Mint, was a publisher of fine collector edition books from the early 1970s until 2000. Known for beautiful bindings, Franklin books were published in three styles - full genuine leather, imitation leather, and quarter-bound genuine leather.
The full leather-bound editions were produced throughout the Library's lifespan but the other two styles (imitation and quarter bound) were only published in the 1970s and ‘80s. Much like Easton Press, Franklin published series of books such as Signed First Editions, Pulitzer Prize Classics and The 100 Greatest Books of All Time.
The publisher developed a following by providing beautifully bound editions that would not break the bank. Despite the care taken in selecting titles for publication, and ensuring lavish, gorgeous and high-quality bindings, The Franklin Library managed to keep the books from costing a mint. Even today, while some titles are more dear than others, they are still accessible to a wide range of cook collecting enthusiasts. As a result, these books are a favorite among collectors just starting out, who want to explore beginning their collected libraries with assured value.
As if their beauty and quality didn't make them special enough, the 30 selections on this page are also all signed by their respective authors.