Carmen, by Prosper Merimee, Limited Editions Club (1941)

Prosper Mérimée (1803-1870) was a French writer best known for Carmen, a splendid edition of which from the Limited Editions Club (LEC) being reviewed here. Mérimée was quite an accomplished man: he was fluent in five languages, he was the first translator of various works of Russian literature in France (including works from Pushkin,  Gogol and  Turgenev), and was an accomplished archaeologist and historian. Mérimée wrote Carmen in 1845 and it was published in that same year. It became the basis of Bizet‘s … Continue reading Carmen, by Prosper Merimee, Limited Editions Club (1941)

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, by Edward Gibbon, Limited Editions Club (1946)

1776 is one of the most monumental years in the history of the Western World. Thomas Jefferson and his fellow ‘Founding Fathers‘ transformed the world with the Declaration of Independence, helped on by Common Sense and The American Crisis from Thomas Paine (both first published in 1776). Adam Smith‘s The Wealth of Nations, which was to have almost as big of an impact on the human condition as the Declaration of Independence, … Continue reading The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, by Edward Gibbon, Limited Editions Club (1946)

Vathek, An Arabian Tale, by William Beckford, Limited Editions Club (1945)

The Limited Editions Club (LEC) Monthly Letter for Vathek, An Arabian Tale, tells us: There are books in the vast archives of the great world’s literature — and they are among the most delighting of all books–in which there is so much beauty that they have not been lost in the dark oblivion of forgotten books, yet they have not emerged into the limelight with bathes … Continue reading Vathek, An Arabian Tale, by William Beckford, Limited Editions Club (1945)

Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman, Photographs by Edward Weston, Limited Editions Club (1942)

In what was arguably one of the greatest books, content wise, produced by the Limited Editions Club (LEC), the 1942 edition of Leaves of Grass often leaves the reader speechless. The combination of America’s greatest poet, one of America’s greatest photographers (Edward Weston), and twentieth century America’s pre-eminent publisher of fine press books results in a book for the ages. Despite 1,500 copies having been … Continue reading Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman, Photographs by Edward Weston, Limited Editions Club (1942)