The Histories of Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais
Illustrated by Gustave Dore
From The Great Books of the Western World Collection, 1979
25th Anniversary Edition - Franklin Library
The Great Books of the Western World is arguably the best collection that the Franklin Library ever published. Issued from 1978 to 1985, it is a stunning 96 Volume collection of the finest works that built the groundwork for western civilization. The “Great Books of the Western World” is a series of books originally published in the United States in 1952 by the Encyclopedia Britannica in an attempt to present the western canon in a single package. The project got its start at the University of Chicago. University president Robert Hutchins collaborated with Mortimer Adler to develop a course, generally aimed at businessmen, for the purpose of filling in gaps in education, to make one more well-rounded and familiar with the Great Books and ideas of the past three millennia. Among the original students was William Benton future US Senator and then CEO of the Encyclopedia Britannica. It was he who proposed a series of books presenting the greatest works of the canon, complete and unabridged, to be edited by Hutchins and Adler and published by the Encyclopedia Britannica. Franklin Library licensed the rights to publish the collection and brought its own unique style and bookmaking talents to the project. The book features all the usual Franklin Library fineries including full leather covers, silk moire endpapers, gold gilding and gilting, and satin bookmarks. In my opinion, this is the one of the best collections that the Franklin Library ever produced.
These two volumes of Gargantua and Pantagruel were translated by John M. Cohen and contain illustrations by Gustave Dore. The condition of the books is FINE. The books are in excellent condition and appear to have never been read. There are no bookplates, markings, or any other signs of previous ownership.
A photograph of the books appears in the photo section of the listing.