First Edition Society

Franklin Library First Edition Society

The Franklin Library leather bound collection: The First Edition Society consists of 72 books published by the Franklin Library from 1976 to 1982 as limited first editions. All First Edition Society titles were bound in genuine leather with silk moire end papers, gilt page edges, and sewn-in bookmarks. Originally these books went to member of the Franklin Library First Edition Society, and the books were not signed and not numbered.

Franklin Library first editions were “true” first editions and included the statement “A signed first edition of this book has been privately printed by the Franklin Library Press.” Franklin Library would contract the first edition rights with both the author and the mass-market publisher. Thus Franklin Library first editions are more valuable than many other “first editions” that are not, in fact, the first edition of the book printed.

Later the Franklin Library changed this series to the Signed First Editions Society, and the books issues (again, to members) were all signed by the authors, and in some instances were also numbered. It’s important to note that the author’s signature in the original editions is a printed facsimile, rather than an actual individual signature such as can be found in the Franklin Library 60 Signed Limited Editions series. Once they changed over to the Signed First Edition series in 1983 the Franklin Library first editions then included an authentic individual signature for each book by the author, usually done on a separate page of the book.

List of Franklin Library First Edition Society Leather Bound Books

 

  • The Winthrop Covenant – Louis Auchincloss – 1976
  • Collected Poems – W. H. Auden – 1976
  • Selected Poems 1923-1975 – Robert Penn Warren – 1976
  • Selected Letters of William Faulkner – William Faulkner – 1976
  • Roosevelt and Churchill – Joseph P. Lash – 1976
  • Sons come and go, Mothers hang in forever – William Saroyan – 1976
  • The Spectator Bird – Wallace Stegner – 1976
  • A God against the Gods – Allen Drury – 1976
  • The sound and the fury – William Faulkner – 1976
  • Marry Me – John Updike – 1976
  • Trinity – Leon Uris – 1976
  • Slapstick or Lonesome no More – Kurt Vonnegut – 1976
  • The Honorable Schoolboy – John Le Carre – 1977
  • Destinies of Darcy Dancer, Gentleman – J.P. Donleavy – 1977
  • Anna Hastings – Allen Drury – 1977
  • The Walnut Door – John Hersey – 1977
  • History: a novel – Elsa Morante – 1977
  • Nabokov’s Dozen – Vladimir Nabokov – 1977
  • Full Disclosure – William Safire – 1977
  • Black Knight, White Snow – Harrison E. Salisbury – 1977
  • The Beggarman Thief – Irwin Shaw – 1977
  • An American Prophet – Gerald Green – 1977
  • Evidence of Love – Shirley Ann Grau – 1977
  • The Alcestiad – Thornton Wilder – 1977
  • Getting up and going Home – Robert Anderson – 1978
  • Bold and Magnificent Dream – Bruce and William Catton – 1978
  • The Snow Leopard – Peter Matthiessen – 1978
  • The Unmade Bed – Francoise Sagan – 1978
  • Women of Crisis – Robert Coles – 1978
  • The Human Factor – Graham Greene – 1978
  • Whistle – James Jones – 1978
  • Picture Palace – Paul Theroux – 1978
  • A Distant Mirror – Barbara W. Tuchman – 1978
  • Kalki A Novel – Gore Vidal – 1978
  • War and Remembrance – Herman Wouk – 1978
  • Uncollected stories of William Faulkner – William Faulkner – 1979
  • Recapitulation – Wallace Stegner – 1979
  • Sophie’s Choice – William Styron – 1979
  • Smiley’s People – John Le Carre – 1979
  • Dublin’s Lives – Bernard Malamud – 1979
  • Good as Gold – Jospeh Heller – 1979
  • Now, God be Thanked – John Masters – 1979
  • Two by O’Hara – John O’Hara – 1979
  • The Ghost Writer – Philip Roth – 1979
  • A Coat of Varnish – C.P. Snow – 1979
  • Jailbird – Kurt Vonnegut – 1979
  • The Life I really Lived – Jessamyn West – 1979
  • Proteus – Morris West – 1979
  • A Game Men Play – Vance Bourjaily – 1980
  • Congo – Michael Crichton – 1980
  • The Second Coming – Walker Percy – 1980
  • The Origin – Irving Stone – 1980
  • Loon Lake – E.L.Doctorow – 1980
  • War within and without – Anne Morrow Lindbergh – 1980
  • The Covenant – James A. Michener – 1980
  • Bellefleur – Joyce Carol Oates – 1980
  • The Oak and the Calf – Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn – 1980
  • Creek Mary’s Blood – Dee Brown – 1980
  • Walt Whitman A Life – Justin Kaplan – 1980
  • Collected stories of Eudora Welty – Eudora Welty – 1980
  • The Safety Net – Heinrich Boll – 1981
  • Among the Believers – V.S. Naipaul – 1981
  • Zuckerman Unbound – Philip Roth – 1981
  • The Baby in the Icebox – James M. Cain – 1981
  • The Radiant Future – Alexander Zinoviev – 1981
  • The Hill of Summer – Allen Drury – 1981
  • The Meeting of Telgate – Gunter Grass – 1981
  • A Season of Delight – Joanne Greenberg – 1981
  • Tar Baby – Toni Morrison – 1981
  • Bread Upon The Waters – Irwin Shaw – 1981
  • Selected Letters of James Thurber – James Thurber – 1981
  • The Dean’s December – Saul Bellow – 1982

     

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