The Great Illustrated Private Press Books, Part III – The Fables of Esope, Gregynog Press

{Ed. Note: This is the third in a series on ‘The Great Illustrated Private Press Books‘ by Books and Vines Contributor dlphcoracl.  Part I is here and Part II is here.} In the most recent installment of this series, featuring the 1973 Officina Bodoni edition of The Fables of Aesop, astute Books and Vines readers will have noted that I stated within the introduction: ‘Aesop’s Fables’ is firmly ensconced … Continue reading The Great Illustrated Private Press Books, Part III – The Fables of Esope, Gregynog Press

The Great Illustrated Private Press Books, Part II – Officina Bodoni’s The Fables of Aesop (1973)

{Ed. Note: This is the second of an on-going series looking at the greatest of all private press illustrated books of the last 120+ years. This article is provided by Books and Vines contributor Dlphcoracl. A few weeks back in a review of the Grabhorn Press Esope, we mentioned the Officina Bodoni’s stunning 1973 edition of The Fables of Aesop. Here is it for your perusal!} Aesop is … Continue reading The Great Illustrated Private Press Books, Part II – Officina Bodoni’s The Fables of Aesop (1973)

The Great Illustrated Private Press Books, Part I – The Cresset Press Gulliver’s Travels (1930), Illustrations by Rex Whistler

{Ed. Note: This is the first of what will be an on-going series looking at the greatest of all private press illustrated books of the last 120+ years. This article is provided by Books and Vines contributor Dlphcoracl.} There are several reasons for collecting and reading private press books.  First and foremost, the best of them are works of usable art which contribute greatly to … Continue reading The Great Illustrated Private Press Books, Part I – The Cresset Press Gulliver’s Travels (1930), Illustrations by Rex Whistler

Travel Series: Biking Across Switzerland, Part II

{Ed. Note: This is Part II of a travel article from Books and Vines Contributor Dlphcoracl. Part I can be seen here. Note that all pictures in the article can be shown in enlarged high resolution format simply by clicking on it. A second click will bring even more resolution and enlargement.} Day 6: Bern to Gruyeres (48 miles) Today marks the transition between Swiss-German and French Switzerland and it … Continue reading Travel Series: Biking Across Switzerland, Part II

Travel Series: Biking Across Switzerland, Part I

{Ed. Note: This is Part I of a travel article from Books and Vines Contributor Dlphcoracl. Part II will be published in a few days. Note that all pictures in the article can be shown in enlarged high resolution format simply by clicking on it. A second click will bring even more resolution and enlargement.} This year’s cycling trip, Biking Across Switzerland, was in several … Continue reading Travel Series: Biking Across Switzerland, Part I

The Artistry of Elfriede Abbe

{Ed. Note: This article is from Books and Vines contributor Dlphcoracl. Those interested in Elfriede Abbe‘s outstanding artwork should contact Elaine Beckwith Gallery who represents her estate.} Elfriede Abbe, who died in 2012 at the age of 93 years of age, was a multi-faceted artist (her obituary is here). Unfortunately for private press book collectors, her books were a relatively small part of her output and her life. … Continue reading The Artistry of Elfriede Abbe

The Victoria Psalter, Designed and Illuminated by Owen Jones

[Ed. Note: This article is from Books and Vines contributor Dlphcoracl.] Owen Jones (1809-1874) was a seminal figure in the evolution of design and the decorative arts in 19th century Great Britain.  Trained as an architect, he embarked upon his Grand Tour at the age of 23.  In contrast to other upper class young men and women in the UK whose Grand Tours took them … Continue reading The Victoria Psalter, Designed and Illuminated by Owen Jones