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The Franklin Library

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The Franklin Library was one of the largest and most sought-after publishers of fine leather-bound books from 1973 until their permanent closure in 2000.  The Franklin Library 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature Series was produced between 1976 and 1984 and included 100 volumes bound in full leather with 22K gold leaf imprinting and sewn-in bookmarks.

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Here modern leather books decorate an elegant home office

Modern leather-bound books make marvelous gifts and we have more experience than anyone in assisting our clients with selection and sourcing; from a single book to a curated collection of thousands. These books are collectibles that appreciate in value over time, and we have years of experience in evaluating and appraising these volumes. If you’re ever curious about the worth of a certain rare leather book, we would be happy to advise on our appraised value. 

“Do you ever buy used leather books?”

We are asked this question a lot, and the simple answer is yes,
the more complicated answer is “Yes, if…” 

Among our many specialties, Juniper Books buys and sells leather-bound books from publishers like Franklin Library and Easton Press. We buy and sell nearly all of these beautiful leather-bound volumes privately, so it is best to communicate with us directly about selling your collection or buying these books from us. We are almost always on the hunt for complete or nearly complete collections of the Franklin 100 and Easton Press’ “Greatest Books Ever Written” and keep “wish lists” for customers who are after certain volumes, and we are always on the hunt for at least a few titles. 

Many of our clients love the look of these books and are open to having gently used copies. It’s important to us that each book passes a quality test by our team. 

If you have leather books you are hoping to sell,
please contact bookbuyer@juniperbooks.com for more
information about our process and quality standards. 

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The Franklin 100 and their original publication dates are as follows:
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain – 1975
  • Aeneid by Virgil -1975
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll -1975
  • Ambassadors by Henry James -1980
  • Analects of Confucius – 1980
  • Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin -1979
  • Basic Works of Sigmund Freud – 1978
  • Candide by Voltaire -1977
  • Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer – 1974
  • Collected Poems (1909–1962) of T. S. Eliot – 197611. Comedies of William Shakespeare – 1978
  • Confessions of St. Augustine – 1976
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky – 1975
  • Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin – 1979
  • Basic Works of Sigmund Freud – 1978
  • Candide by Voltaire – 1977
  • Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer – 1974
  • Collected Poems (1909–1962) of T. S. Eliot – 1976
  • Comedies of William Shakespeare – 1978
  • Confessions of St. Augustine – 1976
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky – 1975
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens – 1976
  • Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio – 1979
  • Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri – 1977
  • Don Quixote de La Mancha by Cervantes – 1976
  • Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams – 1982
  • Essays of Michel de Montaigne – 1980
  • Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson – 1981
  • Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen – 1977
  • Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway – 1975
  • Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev – 1981
  • Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – 1979
  • Favorite Household Tales of the Brothers Grimm – 1981
  • Federalist by Hamilton, Madison and Jay – 1977
  • Five Comedies of Aristophanes – 1982
  • Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire – 1977
  • Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais -1978
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – 1977
  • Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – 1974
  • Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift – 1974
  • Histories of William Shakespeare – 1981
  • History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides – 1980
  • Iliad by Homer – 1976
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – 1981
  • Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper – 1979
  • Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman – 1981
  • Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad – 1977
  • Lyrical Ballads of William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge – 1982
  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert – 1978
  • Mill on the Floss by George Eliot – 1982
  • Moby-Dick by Herman Melville – 1974
  • Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe – 1978
  • Nana by Emile Zola – 1981
  • Odyssey of Homer – 1976
  • Oresteia by Aeschylus – 1980
  • Origin of Species by Charles Darwin – 1975
  • Paradise Lost by John Milton – 1981
  • Pensees by Blaise Pascal – 1979
  • Pere Goriot by Honore de Balzac – 1977
  • Philosophical Works of Rene Descartes – 1981
  • Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan – 1976
  • Plays of Anton Chekhov – 1976
  • Plays of Bernard Shaw – 1979
  • Plays of Euripides – 1976
  • Plays of Henrik Ibsen – 1977
  • Plays of Moliere – 1980
  • Plays of Eugene O’Neill – 1978
  • Poems of John Donne – 1978
  • Poems of John Keats – 1982
  • Poems of William Shakespeare – 1980
  • Poetry of Robert Frost – 1979
  • Political Writings of Jean Jacques Rousseau – 1982
  • Political Writings of John Stuart Mill – 1982
  • Political Writings of Thomas Paine – 1978
  • Politics by Aristotle – 1977
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – 1980
  • Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli – 1978
  • Red and the Black by Stendhal – 1979
  • Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane – 1979
  • Republic by Plato – 1975
  • Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy – 1978
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe – 1977
  • Satyricon by Petronius – 1980
  • Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne – 1978
  • Selected Poems of William Butler Yeats – 1979
  • Selected Writings of Sir Francis Bacon – 1982
  • Six Tragedies of Jean Racine – 1982
  • Songs of Innocence and  Experience of William Blake – 1980
  • Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner – 1976
  • Stories of Guy de Maupassant – 1980
  • Stories of Thomas Mann – 1977
  • Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust – 1982
  • Tales From The Arabian Nights by Sir Richard F. Burton – 1977
  • Tales of Edgar Allan Poe – 1974
  • Tales of Henry James – 1977
  • Tom Jones by Henry Fielding – 1979
  • Tragedies of William Shakespeare – 1975
  • Tragedies of Sophocles – 1981
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson – 1975
  • Trial by Franz Kafka – 1977
  • Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne – 1980
  • Twelve Illustrious Lives by Plutarch – 1981
  • Ulysses by James Joyce – 1976
  • Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray – 1977
  • Walden by Henry D. Thoreau – 1976
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – 1981
  • Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence – 1979
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – 1975