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Collecting Classics: Which Edition?

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Oct 1, 2012, 10:12am

I'd like to begin collecting quality, readable, hardback editions of the classics. I would love to collect Easton Press or Franklin Library editions but I'm afraid they are out of my price range. Can anyone recommend a publisher who offers this? Maybe something of comparable quality to Penguin's hardback classics (they only have about 2 dozen titles).

Oct 1, 2012, 12:16pm

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Oct 1, 2012, 3:35pm

Not children's classics but something comparable to Great Books of the Western World, or Modern Library's Top 100.

However, Thanks for the Children's classics... I'm interested in those too.

Oct 1, 2012, 3:49pm

Does owning second-hand books bother you? If not, I wouldn't completely abandon your pursuit of the Easton Press or Franklin Library editions! I actively collect both Easton Press and Franklin Library (although I prefer Folio Society). I get mine on the second market where they are remarkably cheaper then if one purchases them new! My favourite "deluxe edition" printing houses (in order) would be:

1) Folio Society
2) Easton Press
3) Franklin Library
4) Gryphon Editions

I hope this helped...didn't really offer you any new ideas though.

Oct 1, 2012, 4:56pm

There's always the Everyman's Library

Editado: Oct 1, 2012, 11:50pm

Horizon Books published a great many fine editions -- most of them printed on slick paper, the boards covered in buckram and slipcased. We're talking magazine-quality here. Look for "fine" copies with the Sand Glass flyer included.

Horizon was the publishing house of American Heritage and they made a fine job of anything they did. You'll find a lot of classics in their catalog. Very reasonably priced, too.

Oct 2, 2012, 12:28am

The best bargain for quality books is the Heritage Press. This press no longer publishes but there are plenty of used copies about. They are a mass market edition of the Limited Editions Club. They are well designed and usually have gorgeous artwork that easily puts the Easton Press to shame. Since the EP owns the rights to the original LEC editions and has printed many/most of them (e.g. The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written) you can compare the quality of the EP, HP and original LEC editions. The LEC editions are superior in almost every way but the HP editions beat out then EP in design, printing and illustration quality. The EP beats the HP in using acid free paper and leather bindings.

There are many EP and HP editions that are essentially the same with regards to original illustration, translator etc. A used EP may run around $50 while its HP twin can be found for $10-$15.

Check out the George Macy threads in LT.

Editado: Oct 2, 2012, 9:11am

> 7 -- Thank you kdweber. I was thinking of Heritage Press when I was raving about 'Horizon Books'. Got my wires crossed somehow (Maybe I'm coming down with somezheimers?). You're right, of course: Heritage Press is probably the best bargain in used books.

Editado: Oct 2, 2012, 11:55am

very helpful thanks!

Jordan.ethier - I was unaware of both Folio Society and Gryphon Editions. it appears that Folio has the exact type of publications I had in mind.
kdweber, I am trying to track down the Heritage Press LEC editions. Also very helpful.
Crypto-Willobie, Though I was aware of Everyman's library, thank you for the reminder.

I'm new from goodreads and this is my first interaction with the forums. What a helpful experience!

Oct 2, 2012, 12:20pm

I was also an active member of goodreads...and when I stumbled across Librarything I found it far supperior. Don't get me wrong. Goodreads IS a decent site. I just prefer LT :-).

As for the Folio Society, I am glad you like them! They are wonderful books. However, as I am a starving student, I can not afford a membership (with all its perks) and to be the editions new from the site. I tend to search for F.S. editions in used book stores or, if I really want a volume and can't find it, I go to online sources such as: (it's my preferred online sale site)