The collection of Spurgeon's sermons were first of all a great deal. The price unbelievable for such rich writing. Furthemore, the classic style green binding with embossed gold gives the volumes a quality antique appearance. Each volume fits nicely in my hands for reading without being clumsy. However, the greatest benefit of owning these sermons is the spiritual insights found within the pages of each sermon. Every time I read another sermon, I am amazed at how much I learn.
For the price, it can't be beat. Legibility is good to adequate. It might be valuable to note that this orginally ten volume set, now bound in five, is heavily weighted toward early Spurgeon. This series was first published in the U.S, beginning in 1857, up through 1883. However, the first sermon of the first volume dates from 1856 and the final sermon in the last volume dates from 1876. Nothing wrong with this at all. His early work has great fire and power. (See for example the Revival Year Sermons 1859.) But those wishing a little more from his more mature preaching ministry might find another resource somewhat more helpful. Spurgeon died in 1892 and continued preaching at the Metropolitan Tabernacle up through most of 1891.
First the condition and the whole matter of the printing being spotty. The book binding is excellent. The pages are excellent. The printing is fair. Lets just say that for every four or five really good pages there is one that will have maybe two or three words that can not be seen as well. You call still make it out fine with the words that are visible. These books are however without a doubt a great buy! I guarantee if you saw this set of five on a shelf in a book store you'd flip through them look and the price and say, "yeah they are really not bad at all especially because of the price." I do not doubt that these books will meet your expectations and on just on condition I would say it is a 7/10. The print on each page looks fine it may be a little less dark but it is still excellent.
The Material. These are Spurgeon's sermons how could you go wrong. Each sermon is refreshing I read one a day and I have learned greatly from his preaching and how I can apply that to my own preaching. Spurgeon has a way of writing that will make 50 pages seem like five. He is constantly engaging in all of his sermons and I have enjoyed each one of them.