The Fall, by Albert Camus, Allen Press (1966)

Albert Camus (1913-1960) was an extremely influential French writer and philosopher. His exploration of the absurd — the conflict between the human need for meaning in life and our general inability to find any — was especially important. His conclusion was essentially that we have no choice but to live with the reality of death and the absurd. This is especially explored in his The Myth of Sisyphus as well as in The Stranger. He … Continue reading The Fall, by Albert Camus, Allen Press (1966)

Books and Vines Turns One, & Pondering the Fine Press Market

Books and Vines has now been in existence one year, which seems to me a good enough reason for some celebration and reflection, as well as some pondering about the future of the site. While I would love to claim a huge and exciting vision in creating Books and Vines, frankly speaking it was mostly just me desiring an intellectual outlet having nothing to do … Continue reading Books and Vines Turns One, & Pondering the Fine Press Market

The L&D Allen Press Bibliography

{Ed. Note: Books and Vines contributor DlphcOracl introduced many of you to Allen Press in this article published last year. Much of that article is republished here to add historical context to the complete bibliography provided below. Information for the bibliography was provided by DlphcOracl, along with some information taken from here.} Readers of Books and Vines know that the L&D Allen Press is one of the … Continue reading The L&D Allen Press Bibliography

Two Mediaeval Tales, Limited Editions Club (1930) & La Porte De Maletroit, Allen Press (1952), both by Robert Louis Stevenson

In the recent Books and Vines review of Robert Louis Stevenson’s New Arabian Nights, subscriber Don Floyd mentions the fact that two stories contained therein, A Lodging for the Night and The Sire de Malatroit’s Door, were also presented by the Limited Editions Club (LEC) as the sixth book of their first series (1929-1930), published as Two Mediaeval Tales. It so happens that Books and Vines contributor … Continue reading Two Mediaeval Tales, Limited Editions Club (1930) & La Porte De Maletroit, Allen Press (1952), both by Robert Louis Stevenson

What Men Live By, by Leo Tolstoy, L&D Allen Press, 1951

Each time I am able to get my hands on an L&D Allen Press book, I become more and more impressed with their accomplishments. For nearly forty years, they published beautiful fine press books, all letterpress with hand made paper and hand bound.  Besides some stunning folio size works, their smaller size works leave little to be desired. For example, their edition of Leo Tolstoy’s … Continue reading What Men Live By, by Leo Tolstoy, L&D Allen Press, 1951

A Look at Folio Works of the Yolla Bolly Press, Part 1: The Man Who Died, aka ‘The Escaped Cock’, by D.H. Lawrence

{Ed. Note:  As I consider Books and Vines contributor DlphcOracl a treasure trove of knowledge on fine press books, I asked him for “more, more” after his article on Allen Press.  Below is his response.  I have decided to break it into multiple parts. Part one introduces you to the Yolla Bolly Press and also highlights their publication of D.H. Lawrence’s The Man Who Died. Subsequent … Continue reading A Look at Folio Works of the Yolla Bolly Press, Part 1: The Man Who Died, aka ‘The Escaped Cock’, by D.H. Lawrence

Allen Press, of Lewis and Dorothy Allen

{Ed Note:  The following article is another contribution by reader DlphcOracl. Initially written as a comment to a previous post concerning Foolscap Press, DlphcOracl was kind enough to expand on that with photographs and colophon information.  The photos sent to me had spectacular resolution; hopefully the quality still comes through the importing, compression and posting process.} {Ed Note II, 9/22/2011:  Information and photographs of Edgar Allan … Continue reading Allen Press, of Lewis and Dorothy Allen