The Copper Beech by Maeve Binchy
The Copper Beech
signed by Maeve Binchy

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 accessable to a wide range of cook collecting enthusiasts. As a result, these books are a favourite 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.


Beautiful signed books from the Franklin Library

Murther & Walking Spirits signed by Robertson Davies
Murther & Walking Spirits
signed by Robertson Davies
Gertrude and Claudius signed by John Updike
Gertrude and Claudius
signed by John Updike
Foucault's Pendulum signed by Umberto Eco
Foucault's Pendulum
signed by Umberto Eco
City of God signed by E.L. Doctorow
City of God
signed by E.L. Doctorow
Where I'm Calling From signed by Raymond Carver
Where I'm Calling From
signed by Raymond Carver
The Bonfire of the Vanities signed by Tom Wolfe
The Bonfire of the Vanities
signed by Tom Wolfe
Outerbridge Reach by Robert Stone
Outerbridge Reach
signed by Robert Stone
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
The Second Sex
signed by Simone de Beauvoir
Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
Breathing Lessons
signed by Anne Tyler
Fer-de-Lance by Rex Stout
Fer-De-Lance
Rex Stout
Hooking Up signed by Tom Wolfe
Hooking Up
signed by Tom Wolfe
The Kitchen God's Wife signed by Amy Tan
The Kitchen God's Wife
signed by Amy Tan
The Killing Man signed by Mickey Spillane
The Killing Man
signed by Mickey Spillane
Empire signed by Gore Vidal
Empire
signed by Gore Vidal
The Thanatos Syndrome signed by Percy Walker
The Thanatos Syndrome
Signed by Percy Walker
Vittorio the Vampire signed by Anne Rice
Vittorio the Vampire
signed by Anne Rice
A Prayer for Owen Meany signed by John Irving
A Prayer for Owen Meany
signed by John Irving
The Haj signed by Leon Uris
The Haj
signed by Leon Uris
Picasso: Creator and Destroyer signed by Arianna Huffington
Picasso: Creator and Destroyer
signed by Arianna Huffington
The Copper Beech signed by Maeve Binchy
The Copper Beech
signed by Maeve Binchy
The Human Stain signed by Philip Roth
The Human Stain
signed by Philip Roth
Slaughterhouse-Five signed by Kurt Vonnegut
Slaughterhouse-Five
signed by Kurt Vonnegut
Invisible Man signed by Ralph Ellison
Invisible Man
signed by Ralph Ellison
Jazz signed by Toni Morrison
Jazz
signed by Toni Morrison
Collected Plays signed by Arthur Miller
Collected Plays
signed by Arthur Miller
Catch 22 signed by Joseph Heller
Catch 22
signed by Joseph Heller
Other Voices, Other Rooms signed by Truman Capote
Other Voices, Other Rooms
signed by Truman Capote
The Caine Mutiny signed by Herman Wouk
The Caine Mutiny
signed by Herman Wouk
Five Plays signed by Jean-Paul Sartre
Five Plays
signed by Jean-Paul Sartre
Jump and Other Stories signed by Nadine Gordimer
Jump and Other Stories
signed by Nadine Gordimer

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