Complete Franklin Library 100 Greatest Books of All Time

Last week we picked up a full set of Franklin Library’s 100 Greatest Books of All Time from the 11th story of an old folks’ home, from a gent who recently turned 97 years of age. His wife had bought these when they came out thirty to forty years ago, but his wife recently passed and he wants to divest himself of as many things he doesn’t need as possible. Unfortunately we don’t have the expertise to sell antique Incan sculpture or engraved silver boxes or any of the other objet d’art he’d collected over the years.

The Franklin Library set is currently at auction on eBay, ending next Sunday evening, July 12th, 2015. Opening bid was $100, free shipping. You should be able to see what the current bid is below, and there is also a slideshow to feast your eyes upon! Go to the eBay listing for a full list of the books and further description. They are in exceptionally nice condition.

I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me by now that when people buy a set of books as gorgeous as, say, The Franklin Library, or Easton Press, that those books will remain on the shelf and rarely if eever actually be read. True, you can find a ratty old used copy of The Odyssey, or David Copperfield, or Moby-Dick, and not have to worry about reading it to pieces, but I would have thought the whole point of producing books bound in genuine leather, with gilt page edges, illustrated by classic artists, would be to have that enhanced experience of interacting with the story. Those things are what an “enhanced” book means to me, not having music or animation or the ability to instantly look up definitions and wikipedia articles. Those things can be nice, but an ebook is still an ebook – it’s still on a screen that is designed to be as tactile-less as possible.

But whether you want to buy them with the intention of using them for more than shelf porn (because they will be shelf porn regardless of how much you use them) or not, that’s your business. As long as they find a good home!

update: …and sold! to one lucky duck for just shy of $2,000.

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