Richard III, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1940)

{Ed. Note: This is next in a series taking a look at the famous and important Bruce Rogers designed 37 volume The Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies of William Shakespeare, published by the Limited Editions Club (LEC) in 1939 and 1940.} Richard III, the second longest play of Shakespeare’s, is classified as a history in the First Folio (though sometimes grouped in his tragedies), and concludes Shakespeare’s first tetralogy (along with Henry VI parts 1–3). It is believed to have … Continue reading Richard III, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1940)

King Henry VI, Parts I, II & III, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1940)

William Shakespeare‘s King Henry VI is a trilogy of plays covering 50  tumultuous years of the mid-fifteenth century, during which the power struggle between the houses of Lancaster and York blossomed into The Wars of the Roses, so called because of the heraldic symbols of the houses, the red and the white rose, respectively.   Part I starts with the death of King Henry V, and covers the wars in France … Continue reading King Henry VI, Parts I, II & III, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1940)

The Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies of William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939/1940)

William Shakespeare. The mere name puts students around the world into a state of fear and grief, sends conspiracy theorists into excited revelry and draws nervous shame from the masses who have never experienced Shakespeare. Yet, for lovers of literature, especially those who have read and re-read Shakespeare after reaching a mature age, hearing his name excites one’s soul while stimulating intellect, recalling scene after … Continue reading The Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies of William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939/1940)

Mont Saint-Michel and Chartres, by Henry Adams, Limited Editions Club (1957)

A couple weeks back Books and Vines highlighted the wonderful 1942 Limited Editions Club (LEC) edition of The Education of Henry Adams, with stunning etchings by Samuel Chamberlain. Now that I am three-quarters of the way through reading it, I can only re-emphasize what a must have book it is. Not only is the design and execution extremely apropos for this autobiography, but the content is … Continue reading Mont Saint-Michel and Chartres, by Henry Adams, Limited Editions Club (1957)

Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, Limited Editions Club (1970)

John Steinbeck (1902 – 1968) was an American author whose works received significant  critical acclaim in the twentieth century and remain very popular today. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962, capping off a prolific career of writing novels, short stories and non-fiction. He is best known for his Pulitzer Prize winning The Grapes of Wrath (1939), along with East of Eden (1952) and the novella Of Mice and Men (1937). Many of Steinbeck’s works … Continue reading Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, Limited Editions Club (1970)

The Master of Ballantrae, by Robert Louis Stevenson, Limited Editions Club, 1965

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) was a prolific writer producing many works of lasting value and immense entertainment.  Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde are extremely well known classics in the core of the Western Canon. Besides these, he wrote numerous other popular and well thought of novels including The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Two Roses and The Master of Ballantrae; many short stories such … Continue reading The Master of Ballantrae, by Robert Louis Stevenson, Limited Editions Club, 1965