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We advise that all collectors use caution when ordering
Franklin Library books online especially if you are new to
collecting these books. The main problem encountered with
many listings is a failure to properly describe the binding
style of the book being sold. Many sellers describe the
imitation leather editions as full leather bound or they fail to
describe the binding at all. The main reason for this error is a
lack of knowledge on the part of the seller about Franklin
Library books. The publishing year can not be used as a
method determining the binding style as many titles were
published in different styles in the same year. We also
suggest caution when collecting certain series of titles such
as the Franklin Mystery series as the Franklin Mystery
series was produced in both full leather and imitation leather,
however the full leather Franklin Mystery copies are rare.  
If ever you are unsure about the binding style try asking the
seller specific questions like is it full leather? silk page
marker or no page marker?
The Franklin Library was a division of The Franklin Mint that produced fine collector edition
books over three decades ending in the year 2000. For this reason all Franklin Library
editions are now considered "out of print" and are no longer available for sale from the
Franklin Mint.

The Franklin Library produced books in three different binding styles: full genuine leather,
imitation leather, and quarter bound genuine leather. While the first or full leather bound
editions were produced through out the Franklin Library's full life span the other two styles
(imitation and quarter bound) were only produced through the 1970's and 80's. Below are
some of the characteristics found in all Franklin Library editions along with more detailed
information about the different binding styles.
All Editions
- High quality paper
-  pages that are sewn not glued into the binding  
-  gold gilded page edges on all three sides
- raised spine bands that give each book that distinctive antique look
Full Leather
The genuine full leather bound editions are the highest quality of the three. While most
characteristics remained constant through out the different series and years of production
the style of end papers varied from silk moiré to decorative paper. It can also be said that
these books are equal to Easton Press books in both quality and beauty. Below are some
of the characteristics that remained constant.
- Full genuine leather binding
- 22k. gold lettering and stampings on the spine and covers
- attached silk page marker

Imitation Leather or Leatherette
The imitation leather editions were a cheaper version of the full leather editions. These
books are bound in a coated cloth material that looks much like leather but is not genuine
cow hide. These books also do not contain the silk page marker found in the other binding
styles, and all have end papers that are decorative paper not silk moiré. While most titles
have gold lettering and stampings some titles have silver lettering and stampings on the
spine and covers. These editions may not be as high quality as the full leather editions, but
they are still very attractive books that are more affordable to collect.  

Quarter Bound Leather  
The quarter bound leather editions are the other cheaper alternative to the full leather
editions. These books have a genuine leather bound spine with traditional cloth covered
boards. Like the full leather editions these books also contain a silk page marker, however
all have end papers that are decorative paper not silk moiré. The question of which is more
attractive or hold a higher value between these books and the imitation leather editions is a
matter of taste as it is more an issue of difference than quality.
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