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The Franklin Library was a division of The Franklin Mint that produced fine collector edition books over three decades ending in 2000. All Franklin Library editions are now considered out-of-print and many are scarce and highly collectible -- but that doesn't mean you can't find treasured past and present editions on the AbeBooks.com marketplace.

What to look for when buying Franklin Library editions
Look for three different binding styles: full genuine leather, imitation leather, and quarter-bound genuine leather. While the first or full leather bound editions were produced throughout the Franklin Library's full lifespan the other two styles (imitation and quarter bound) were only produced through the 1970's and 80's.

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100 Volume Set - Franklin Library - Greatest Library The Collected Stories of The World's Greatest Writers

This magnificent collection of books includes the most significant novels, biographies, histories, dramas and the greatest works of poetry, philosophy and science, as chosen by a distinguished group of scholars. Many are now very scarce. Each volume has a small booklet with notes on the volume. Authors include: Franz Kafka, Honore de Balzac, Anton Chekhov, Kurt Vonnegut, Jonathon Swift, Katherine Anne Porter, Miguel de Cervantes, Jack London, Aldous Huxley, James Joyce, Thomas Mann, Eta Hoffman, Jean Paul Satre, Vladimir Nabokov, Edith Wharton, William Faulkner, The Brothers Grimm, George Elliot, George Orwell, Lewis Carroll, Willa Cather, Washington Irving, Isaac Bashevis Singer, H.G. Wells, F.Scott Fitzgerald, Dorothy Parker, Joseph Conrad, Hans Christian Anderson, John Steinbeck, Thomas Wolfe, Thomas Hardy, Mark Twain, D.H. Lawrence, Giovanni Boccaccio, Katherine Mansfield, Aesop.

Prices from $62.40 for one volume to $6,376.00 for full set of 100 volumes.


Tennessee Williams by the Franklin PressSelected Plays
Tennessee Williams

This is the first limited and signed collection of six of Tennessee Williams most important plays--Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, Camino Real, Sweet Bird of Youth and the Night of the Iguana. It also contains an unpublished four-page introduction by Williams. Signed by Williams on a front free endpaper.

Prices from $25.00 for one volume to $550.00 for a full set of six


Works of Kurt Vonnegut

Some of the most valuable Franklin Library titles in the AbeBooks marketplace are by American novelist, satirist and graphic artist Kurt Vonnegut. Many of these special limited edition titles are signed by the author and feature his illustrations.

Prices from $190.00 - $1,250.00


Franklin Press - The Invisible Man The Invisible Man

An American classic signed by the first African-American author to win the National Book Award (1953), Ralph Ellison. A socially-significant work by an author with a large intellect and important viewpoint. A handsome dark red leather volume with gold-gilt cover designs and page edges with bound-in silk bookmark.

Prices from $60.00 - $525.00

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, and The Hunting of the Snark
Lewis Caroll

The Mad Hatter, the Ugly Duchess, the Mock Turtle, the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat-characters each more eccentric than the last, and that could only have come from Lewis Carroll, the master of sublime nonsense. In these three brilliant burlesques he created three of the most famous and fantastic novels of all time that not only stirred our imagination but revolutionized literature. Choose a favorite title or collect all three: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, and The Hunting of the Snark.

Prices from $30.00 - $597.00


The Best of Sherlock Holmes
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Since his first appearance in Beeton's Christmas Annual in 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes has been one of the most beloved fictional characters ever created. These are the tales that bring to life a Victorian England of horse-drawn cabs, fogs, and the famous lodgings at 221B Baker Street, where Sherlock Holmes earned his reputation as the greatest fictional detective of all time.

Prices from $7.00 - $125.00


Arabian Nights The Arabian Nights
Sir Richard Burton

Full of mischief, valor, ribaldry, and romance, The Arabian Nights has enthralled readers for centuries. This volume reproduces the 1932 Modern Library edition, for which Bennett A. Cerf chose the most famous and representative stories from Sir Richard F. Burton's multivolume translation, and includes Burton's extensive and acclaimed explanatory notes. These tales, including Alaeddin; or, the Wonderful Lamp, Sinbad the Seaman and Sinbad the Landsman, and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, have entered into the popular imagination, demonstrating that Shahrazad's spell remains unbroken.

Prices from $30.00 - $150.00