The English Bible in the John Rylands Library, by Richard Lovett, Privately Published, 1899

{Ed. Note: This article is from Books and Vines contributor dlphcoracl.} When thinking of the great libraries in Great Britain one inevitably thinks of the British Library and the libraries at the two great British universities: University of Oxford (the Bodleian Libraries) and Cambridge University (Cambridge University Libraries and the Fitzwilliam Museum Reference Library).  However, unjustly neglected in this thinking is the superb library at … Continue reading The English Bible in the John Rylands Library, by Richard Lovett, Privately Published, 1899

The Cloister and the Hearth, Charles Reade, Limited Editions Club (1932)

The Cloister and the Hearth is one of the greatest historical novels ever written.  Unfortunately, like many of our great works, it finds itself mostly ignored today, taking its place in the growing dustbin of literature that previously provided the foundation for Western civilization. This classic, by English author Charles Reade (1814-1884), was very popular in the nineteenth century. Reade has never been highly admired by critics, so I suppose it is not a huge surprise … Continue reading The Cloister and the Hearth, Charles Reade, Limited Editions Club (1932)

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)

The Decameron, by Giovanni Boccaccio, Limited Editions Club (1930 & 1940 editions)

Despite having read many of the stories from Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Decameron over the years, I had never read it cover to cover. Thankfully, I embarked on doing so a couple months back and was amply rewarded for the effort. It is one of the most enjoyable books one could hope to entertain themselves with, and I cannot believe I waited until my forty-ninth year … Continue reading The Decameron, by Giovanni Boccaccio, Limited Editions Club (1930 & 1940 editions)