The later series such as the Heirloom, Signed First Edition Society, and Pulitzer Prize Classics not to be confused with an earlier Pulitzer Prize Library series all had the marbled endpapers vice moire. I suspect it was part of a cost cutting effort.
The Franklin Library Mystery Masterpieces series came along in about and as such was one of Franklin Library's later full leather series. I was able to grab a mint leather "Great Cases of Sherlock Holmes" today for a steal on ebay using the silk bookmark tip. Thanks again!
There use to be around Franklin Library books on the E-Bay on average per day. Now there averages about 4, 10 times what use to be offered on any given day. With the increased supply has come a drop in prices.
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Now is a great time to buy an increase your collection if you can. It is a buyer's market. I happen to have them in full leather. I can confirm that the full leather series is distinguishable from the leatherette version by the sewn-in, silk ribbon page marker, which is absent in the leatherette version. The full leather versions of the Mystery Masterpieces collection do, in fact, have paper end-sheets, identical to the leatherette version.
Wailofatail - Since you seem to be in the know on this series, can you shed any light on the fact that several of the volumes seem to have two versions. Specifically, The Day of the Jackal has one version done in silver and the other in gold. The one in gold has the image of the assassin in a bended position while the one done in silver has the assassin in a more upright position. The background on both have the same layout except one is in silver and one is gold. Also, the volume on Rebecca has two versions as well with one having a woman looking out a window while the other has a seascape picture on the cover.
One has a beetle or scarab on the cover while the other has what looks to be a cave with columns in it. What I do know is that the Day of the Jackal has the silver version in both leather and faux leather I have both but I have only seen the gold version in the faux leather version.
My first thoughts were that there was some sort of printing error on these volumes which caused Franklin Library to come out with a replacement version for their subscribers. The covers were changed to easily identify the two versions. If that was in fact the case, which ones were the original prints and which were their replacements? Can you shed any light on this?
Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Like you, I began collecting these books long after Franklin Library was defunct as a company, so most of my intelligence is based on second hand information too. Through my adventures collecting I've found that while you can often establish what is , it is almost impossible to establish what isn't. There is always the possibility that what we think doesn't exist does, in fact, exist, and you or I simply haven't discovered it yet. Here is what I do know. I have a full leather edition of The Day of the Jackal with the featureless gunman on the cover.
You distinguish the two different versions by 'bended' v. I have seen the featureless edition silver in both the full leather and leatherette edition, while I have only seen the edition with facial features gold in the leatherette edition. I have a full leather edition of Rebecca with the woman looking out the window. As I write, there are no other editions of this on-line with pictures by which I might ascertain if a similar edition exists in leatherette, though I suspect one does exist. My hunch is that the seascape edition exists only in leatherette.
I have a full leather edition of Tales of Mystery and Imagination with the scarab on the cover. Again, this same edition exists in leatherette. And again, I have only seen the edition with the columns and cave in the leatherette version. I would have thought I would have run across at least one full leather copy by now if one did exist.
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My speculation is that for every full leather edition, there is a nearly identical leatherette edition, without a sewn-in bookmark. I don't know if the Franklin Library issued the two different versions simultaneously at different price points, i. My hunch is that it was the former I welcome anybody that has first-hand knowledge regarding the timing of the publications to chime in. It seems that at some time the Franklin Library re-issued the three books in question here with different covers only in the leatherette edition.
I speculate that both the full leather and leatherette editions were originally offered simultaneously at different price points and were nearly identical, hence a leatherette edition of The Day of the Jackal in silver similar to the full leather edition, a leatherette edition of Tales of Mystery and Imagination with the scarab and most likely a leatherette edition of Rebecca with the woman at the window. It seems plausible that as raw material prices increased and demand for the full leather editions decreased, and perhaps even as the Franklin Library began to suffer financial strain, that they discontinued the more expensive full leather edition but continued to offer the leatherette edition, or else they offered the set again at a later date but only in the leatherette edition.
For the later publication, it seems that the cover, for whatever reason, of The Day of the Jackal , Rebecca , and Tales of Mystery and Imagination were changed. Consequently, you will only ever see leatherette editions for the particular covers of these three editions. It doesn't seem likely to me that these three were changed due to any type of printing error or an attempt to distinguish one from the other. There probably is no rational explanation; they just did. You could imagine that they intended to change them all upon a re-issue and then abandoned the idea after re-designing the three, but I really have no idea.
I realize there is a lot of conjecture and speculation going on here but it seems to support the facts as know them to date, that there is a leatherette edition nearly identical to each of the full leather editions and that there are three unique covers for three of the titles in the collection that I have only ever seen in the leatherette version. Gap at top of spine. Books are part of the " Greatest Masterpieces collection".
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