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The format is neat, handsome, and unpretentious. Though each volume contains from 700 to as many as 1600 pages, all are compact and trim, measuring less than two inches thick. The books will last for generations and withstand the wear of frequent use. The rigorous design and manufacturing standards established for the series have been recognized by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA).

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  • The paper is acid-free and meets the requirements for permanence set by the American National Standards Institute; it will not turn yellow or brittle. The books are bound with the grain of the paper to ensure that they open easily and lie flat without crinkling or buckling.

  • The binding boards are flexible yet strong and make the book light, easy to carry, trim in appearance, and a pleasure to hold.

  • The page layout has been designed for clarity as well as elegance. The typeface, Galliard, is exceptionally readable and easy on the eyes.

  • The binding cloth is durable woven rayon, dyed in the thread for richness of color. Handsome endsheets match the binding cloth and add to the visual unity of the series. The books are Smyth-sewn for permanence and flexibility, and each includes a ribbon marker.

  • Each volume is attractively jacketed or slipcased and measures 4 7/8" x 7 7/8". This trim size is based on the "golden section," which the ancient Greeks considered to be the ideal proportion.

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Robert Frost, Collected Poems, Prose and Plays

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