The Romance of Tristan and Iseult, Printed at The Thistle Press for the Limited Editions Club (1960)

Tristan and Iseult is one of the earliest, yet most influential, romances of the Western Canon. While it became popular in the twelfth century, it’s origin pre-dates that as the story in various forms had circulated for centuries by word of mouth before it was first written.  Written versions were set down in the twelfth century by Thomas the Britain, which was later updated and ‘filled in’ by Gottfried … Continue reading The Romance of Tristan and Iseult, Printed at The Thistle Press for the Limited Editions Club (1960)

A Review of Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe, Limited Editions Club (1966) and Golden Hours Press (1932) editions

{Ed. Note: This is a re-publication of an article first published on Books and Vines on August 25, 2011, though now includes information and pictures of the 1932 Golden Hours Press edition of The Tragicall History of Doctor Faustus that was published by Christopher Sandford (he of The Golden Cockerel Press).   It makes a nice comparison with the Limited Editions Club (LEC) edition highlighted in this … Continue reading A Review of Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe, Limited Editions Club (1966) and Golden Hours Press (1932) editions

Nostromo, by Joseph Conrad, Limited Editions Club, 1961

Nostromo, published in 1904, is considered one of the great English novels of the twentieth century.  It was written by one of the truly preeminent novelists in English, Joseph Conrad.  Set in the fictional mining town of Sulaco, in the imaginary country of Costaguana, Nostromo is much more character driven then other Conrad novels. Señor Gould and the “incorruptible” Nostromo are the main characters in the revolutionary time in … Continue reading Nostromo, by Joseph Conrad, Limited Editions Club, 1961

A Review of Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe, Limited Editions Club

One of the most pondered thought experiments in the history of literature is just how great Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) would have been had he not been killed at the young age of 29. Marlowe wrote six plays and a couple poems, the style of which transformed literature and remains monumentally influential to this day. Marlowe was the first English author to fully use blank verse (poetry written … Continue reading A Review of Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe, Limited Editions Club