I found some beautiful Franklin Library copies and one nice Folio Society. None had major flaws, bookplates attached (which I hate beyond belief), signatures, etc. What was quite remarkable, was that they were all part of the Limited Edition category and were made in the late 70's (the leather on these Franklin's are typically of the greatest quality, in my non-expert opinion). So I bought the following (restricted to five books):
- Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell. I have yet to read this epic and now I have two copies. Email me if you want a nice one on the cheap.
- The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck. Again, I have two copies of this now... but I had been looking for this version for a LONG time. I have a Reader's Digest version available... great quality and cheap.
- The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck. I absolutely love this book, and own multiple copies. I have learned that if you ever find a Steinbeck or Hemingway Franklin/Easton then you buy it on the spot and ask questions later.
- The Confessions of Nat Turner, by William Styron. I had never heard of this (though the name Nat Turner is somewhere in my memory banks). This is a novel that is supposed to be told from a Southern slave's perspective... perhaps it belongs in the same mentioning of Alice Walker's "The Color Purple" which I also have yet to read.
- The Egyptians, by Alan Gardiner. I have always wanted to learn more about them, and this book is a behemoth. Jen doesn't think I will read them, as I have yet to touch five other civilizations in the series. I think I'd start with the Egyptians... or maybe the Aztecs.