Educator Classic Library
This tremendous series of annotated classics was published by Children's Press, Classic Press, and Classic Publications between 1968 and 1970. These are slim 8 ½ x 11" hardcovers with pretty pictorial covers. Most are unabridged.
Each book is illustrated in a different style and each page has nice wide margins, which include drawings and definitions very helpful for understanding the times and places in which these great novels are set. For example, Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates includes illustrations of the plants, animals, and Dutch places and artifacts mentioned in the text as well as helpful definitions of such terms as 'discretion is the better part of valor,' gall, harangue, poor-boxes, Fortunatus, burgomaster, and more.
Also included in each book is a nice "Afterward," which serves as a brief, interesting biography of the author's life.
Nice copies of these books would make a fine addition to a homeschooling library. (One lesser feature that I really do like is their slim lines. They take up comparatively little of our very valuable shelf space!)
My title above is a bit misleading. I think only twelve of these were ever issued, as numbered volumes, in the Educator Classic Library, but since the series itself has no title, as far as I know, this one will have to do here!
does vary significantly. Some printings used paper over boards for covers and
cheaper paper inside. Many of the "Educator Classic Library" volumes
that you will find will have significantly yellowed pages too.
For best quality--cloth covers, good sewn bindings,and bright pages--I suggest looking for the Children's Press logo at the base of the spine.
I can't say for sure that this list is complete, but I encourage you to pick up and browse through a title when the opportunity arises. If you enjoy the classics, I think that you will be pleased!
Most of these are unabridged, but titles marked with * are selected, abridged, or edited. (In the cases of The Arabian Nights and Gulliver's Travels, there are some sexual references in the original, unabridged works.)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, illustrated by Don Irwin 
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, illustrated by Al Davidson 
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Brigitte Bryan 
Andersen's Fairytales by Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by Brigitte Bryan 
*Arabian Nights, selected and edited by Andrew Lang, illustrated by William Dempster 
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne, illustrated by Don Irwin 
The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Don Irwin 
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, illustrated by Michael Rios 
The Book of King Arthur by Howard Pyle, illustrated by Ron King 
The Call of the Wild by Jack London, illustrated by Ron King 
Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kiping, illustrated by Dick Cole 
Casebook of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, illustrated by Don Irwin 
The Gold Bug and Other Tales of Mystery by Edgar Allan Poe, illustrated by Al Davidson 
*Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, illustrated by Don Irwin, edited
Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge, illustrated by Dennis Dierks 
The Heroes by Charles Kingsley, illustrated by Ron King 
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, illustrated by William Dempster 
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Don Irwin 
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle, illustrated by Don Irwin 
Paul Bunyan, illustrated by William Dempster 
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, translated by Joseph Walker, illustrated by William Dempster 
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain, illustrated by Dunbracco Dempster 
The Sleeping Beauty and Other Tales by the Brothers Grimm, illustrated by Wayne Brown 
*Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss, edited by W. G. H. Kingston, illustrated by Don Irwin 
The Time Machine and The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells, illustrated by Dick Cole 
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Don Irwin 
Two Little Savages by Ernest Thompson Seton, illustrated by the author and Al Davidson 
The Virginian by Owen Wister, illustrated by Don Irwin 
White Fang by Jack London, illustrated by Dick Cole 
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, illustrated by Brigitte Bryan 
ALSO RECOMMENDED: Whole Story Classics (in print). These are comparable, but with color pictures. There is somewhat more attention to history and science and somewhat less attention to difficult vocabulary.
Current titles include the following:
of Tom Sawyer
Around the World in Eighty Days
The Call of the Wild
A Christmas Carol
The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Pit and the Pendulum and Other Stories
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde