A Beautiful Gift…

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The Library was fortunate recently to be given a 50 volume set of books called the Heirloom Library of the World’s Greatest Books. They were the kind and generous gift of Robert Hiltz. The books were printed and sold by the Franklin Library, which was a division of The Franklin Mint that produced fine collector edition books over three decades ending in the year 2000.

The books are quarter bound genuine leather and have high quality paper, pages that are sewn not glued into the binding, gold gilded page edges on all three sides, raised spine bands that give each book that distinctive antique look and silk page marker.


Below is a list of the books in the collection:


Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

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Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes

Greatest Plays of Anton Chekhov

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

The Sound and The Fury by William Faulkner

Madame Bovary: A Story of Provincial Life by Gustave Flaubert

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

The Iliad by Homer

The Odyssey by Homer

Ulysses by James Joyce

Moby Dick, or the Whale by Herman Melville

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Paradise Lost by John Milton

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Candide by Voltaire

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

The Collected Poems of William Butler Yeats

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Pere Goriot by Honore De Balzac

Tales from the Arabian Nights by Sir Richard Burton

Tom Jones by Henry Fielding

The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Rhetoric and on Poetics by Aristotle

The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio

Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

The Mill on The Floss by George Eliot

Four Plays by Henrik Ibsen

The Ambassadors by Henry James

Faust by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann

Waverley by Sir Walter Scott

The Red and The Black by Stendhal

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

Poems of John Donne

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The new books in their new home on the top two shelves of one of the bookcases in the Library Club Room.

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

Twenty-Nine Essays by Michel de Montaigne

Selected Lives of Plutarch

The Histories of Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais

The Annals of Tacitus

Aeneid by Virgil

Romantic Poets from William Blake to Edgar Allan Poe

Great Tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides

The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

Selected Dialogues of Plato

Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust

Selected Plays by William Shakespeare

A big “Thank you!” to Robert for this wonderful gift!



Photos of Grounds Through the Seasons

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ZVML Grounds Winter 4

Now that Spring has come again, we thought it would be nice to add some photos of the grounds of the Library taken at different times of the year. You can find them on this site on the Grounds page of the Tour menu. Of course, the grounds will always experience some changes as we try new plantings and arrangements over time, but in the photos you can see different things that were tried in various places.