Franklin Library Masterpieces of American Literature Series

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.

These photos represent some of the Franklin Library 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature Series volumes we have in stock or have previously procured for clients. The complete Series list is included at the bottom of this page.


Among our many specialties, Juniper Books is one of the largest buyers and sellers of fine leather-bound books from publishers like Franklin Library and Easton Press in the world.  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.  Our inventory changes rapidly yet we keep “want lists” for customers and we have helped our clients build their collections over years.

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The complete Franklin Library 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature Series includes:

Adams, Henry  ~  The Education of Henry Adams
Addams, Jane  ~  Twenty Years at Hull-House
Alcott, Louisa May  ~  Little Women
Anderson, Sherwood  ~  Winesburg, Ohio
Auden, W.H.  ~  The Collected Poems
Baldwin, James  ~  Go Tell It on the Mountain
Bellow, Saul  ~  Humboldt’s Gift
Benet, Stephen Vincent  ~  John Brown’s Body
Bierce, Ambrose  ~  The Devil’s Dictionary
Bradford, William  ~  Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647
Brooks, Van Wyck  ~  The Flowering of New England 1815-1865
Cather, Willa  ~  My Antonia
Cooper, James Fenimore  ~  The DeerSlayer
Cooper, James Fenimore  ~  The Last of the Mohicans
Crane, Stephen  ~  The Collected Stories
Crane, Stephen  ~  The Red Badge of Courage
Cummings, E.E.  ~  The Collected Poems
Dana, Richard Henry  ~  Two Years Before the Mast
de Crevecoeur, J. Hector St. John  ~  Letters from an American Farmer
DeVoto, Bernard  ~  The Journals of Lewis and Clark
Dickinson, Emily  ~  Final Harvest
Dreiser, Theodore  ~  An American Tragedy
Edwards, Jonathan  ~  Freedom of the Will
Eliot, T.S.  ~  The Collected Poems (1909–1962)
Ellison, Ralph  ~  Invisible Man
Emerson, Ralph Waldo  ~  The Essays
Emerson, Ralph Waldo  ~  The Poems
Faulkner, William  ~  Absalom, Absalom!
Faulkner, William  ~  The Sound and the Fury
Fitzgerald, F. Scott  ~  The Great Gatsby
Franklin, Benjamin  ~  Poor Richard’s Almanack for 1733-1758
Franklin, Benjamin  ~  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Frost, Robert  ~  The Poetry of Robert Frost
Hamilton, Madison and Jay  ~  The Federalist
Harris, Joel Chandler  ~  Uncle Remus
Hawthorne, Nathaniel  ~  The Scarlet Letter
Hawthorne, Nathaniel  ~  The Selected Tales
Hellman, Lillian  ~  Six Plays
Hemingway, Ernest  ~  A Farewell to Arms
Hemingway, Ernest  ~  The First Forty-Nine Stories
Hemingway, Ernest  ~  The Sun Also Rises
Howells, William Dean  ~  The Rise of Silas Lapham
Irving, Washington  ~  The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.
James, Henry  ~  The Ambassadors
James, Henry  ~  The Selected Tales
James, William  ~  Pragmatism
James, William  ~  Psychology
Jefferson, Thomas  ~  The Life and Selected Writings
Jewett, Sarah Orne  ~  The Country of the Pointed Firs and Other Stories
Lardner, Ring  ~  Round Up, The Stories of Ring Lardner
Lewis, Sinclair  ~  Main Street
London, Jack  ~  The Call of the Wild
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth  ~  The Collected Poems
Masters, Edgar Lee  ~  Spoon River Anthology
Melville, Herman  ~  Typee
Melville, Herman  ~  Billy Budd, Sailor & The Piazza Tales
Melville, Herman  ~  Moby-Dick
Mencken, H. L.  ~  A Mencken Chrestomathy
Miller, Arthur  ~  The Plays
Moore, Marianne  ~  The Collected Poems
Morison, Samuel Eliot  ~  Admiral of the Ocean Sea, A Life of Christopher Columbus
Mumford, Lewis  ~  Interpretations and Forecasts: 1922-1972
Nabokov, Vladimir  ~  Lolita
Norris, Frank  ~  McTeague
O’Connor, Flannery  ~  The Complete Stories
O’Neill, Eugene  ~  Four Plays
Paine, Thomas  ~  Common Sense, The American Crisis and The Age of Reason
Parkman, Francis  ~  The Oregon Trail
Passos, John Dos  ~  Nineteen-Nineteen (1919)
Poe, Edgar Allen  ~  Collected Poems and Essays on Poetry
Poe, Edgar Allen  ~  Tell-Tale Heart and Other Stories
Porter, Katherine Anne  ~  Collected Stories
Pound, Ezra  ~  Personae – A Draft of 30 Cantos
Robinson, Edwin Arlington  ~  Selected Poems
Sandburg, Carl  ~  Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and the War Years
Steinbeck, John  ~  The Grapes of Wrath
Stevens, Wallace  ~  The Collected Poems
Stowe, Harriet Beecher  ~  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Thoreau, Henry D.  ~  A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
Thoreau, Henry D.   ~  Walden
Thurber, James  ~  The Thurber Carnival
Turner, Frederick Jackson  ~  The Frontier in American History
Twain, Mark  ~  Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Twain, Mark  ~  Life on the Mississippi
Twain, Mark  ~  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Veblen, Thorstein  ~  The Theory of the Leisure Class
Warren, Robert Penn  ~  All the King’s Men
Washington, Booker T.  ~  Up From Slavery, an Autobiography
West, Nathanael  ~  Miss Lonelyhearts and The Day of the Locust
Wharton, Edith  ~  The Age of Innocence
Whitman, Walt  ~  Leaves of Grass
Wilder, Thornton  ~  Plays
Williams, Tennessee  ~  The Selected Plays
Adams, Henry  ~  Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres
Crane, Hart  ~  The Complete Poems
Dreiser, Theodore  ~  Sister Carrie
Du Bois, W. E. B.   ~  Dusk of Dawn
Lincoln, Abraham  ~  Speeches and Writings
Williams, William Carlos  ~  The Selected Poems
Wolfe, Thomas  ~  Look Homeward, Angel