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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Bound to last?

Lisa Newman reported in The Clarion Ledger (Jackson, MS) that 'Franklin Library books add class to collections'.

Or added.

"The Franklin Library of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, published some of the most beautiful leather bound books of the 20th century. In operation from the early 1970s until 2000, the press published collectible books in three styles: full genuine leather, imitation leather and quarter-bound genuine leather. The books were released in several series: The 100 Greatest Books of All Time, The Great Books of the Western World, Pulitzer Prize Classics and the Signed First Editions series."
Collectible here judging the book's edition by its cover, or binding.
"Franklin Library provided an affordable way to enhance a library’s look and feel. Besides being aesthetically pleasing to many collectors, the fine craftsmanship of the books ensure they can be handed down from generation to generation."
We might hope this is so when we think the content of the books particularly worthwhile. But doesn't Franklin Library ceasing publication of these high-end edition, and Great Books of the Western World going out of print, give reason to doubt it?

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