It’s the 2016 Holidays — Support the Private and Fine Press Eco-System!

{Ed. Note: This is an annual article encouraging all Books and Vines readers to keep private and fine press publishers and re-sellers in mind this holiday season as your source for unique, classy and meaningful gifts. The article has been updated with current information and the latest news from private and fine press publishers, while I sheepishly admit lifting the introduction from the holiday article of last year. … Continue reading It’s the 2016 Holidays — Support the Private and Fine Press Eco-System!

It’s the Holidays — Support the Private and Fine Press Eco-System!

{Ed. Note: This is an annual article encouraging all Books and Vines readers to keep private and fine press publishers and re-sellers in mind this holiday season to be your source for unique, classy and meaningful gifts. The article has been updated with current information and the latest news from private and fine press publishers. Please pass this link on to everyone you know, the more that … Continue reading It’s the Holidays — Support the Private and Fine Press Eco-System!

It’s the Holidays — Support the Fine Press Eco-System!

{Ed. Note: This first ran last holiday season, though it has been updated with current information and the latest news from fine press publishers.} As the holiday’s quickly approach, it is time to remind all Books and Vines readers about the importance of doing all we can to support those who create and sell the finely done private press books we all admire. In a world awash … Continue reading It’s the Holidays — Support the Fine Press Eco-System!

Sight and Touch, by Octavio Paz, Illustrated by Balthus, Limited Editions Club, 1995

{Ed. Note: Books and Vines provided a quick review of Sight and Touch, from the Limited Editions Club (LEC), after an October 2011 visit to LEC’s Jeanne Shiff in New York City.  Now that I have Sight and Touch in my own hands, and have a better camera, I am re-posting an updated review with better pictures and additional comments. Remember that you can click on the … Continue reading Sight and Touch, by Octavio Paz, Illustrated by Balthus, Limited Editions Club, 1995

Cosi fan Tutte, by Lorenzo da Ponte, Music by Mozart, Illustrations by Balthus, Limited Editions Club

In my continuing series looking at the fantastic livre d’artiste publications of the Limited Editions Club (LEC), I next look at Cosi fan Tutte, an opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) first performed in 1790. The libretto was written by Lorenzo Da Ponte (1749-1848). The LEC edition was illustrated by Balthus. Così fan tutte essentially means “women are like that.” Like one would expect to … Continue reading Cosi fan Tutte, by Lorenzo da Ponte, Music by Mozart, Illustrations by Balthus, Limited Editions Club

The Sonnets to Orpheus, by Rainer Maria Rilke, Limited Editions Club

Among what I consider the three most stunning books from my recent visit to Jeanne Shiff of the Limited Editions Club (LEC) is their 1997 edition of The Sonnets to Orpheus, by Rainer Maria Rilke.  Like the recently reviewed Sight and Touch, this LEC is simply at the pinnacle when it comes to the design and crafting of fine press books. Everything from the look and feel … Continue reading The Sonnets to Orpheus, by Rainer Maria Rilke, Limited Editions Club

Sight and Touch, Octavio Paz, Limited Editions Club

{Ed Note 10/14/2011:  I forgot to mention below, Mrs. Shiff does have Sight and Touch still available to order.  Please contact her at 212-737-7600 or 800-701-8870 to inquire about price and to order, if interested.} I was able to spend a wonderful afternoon last week with Jeanne Shiff, the owner of the Limited Editions Club (LEC).  It was a fun and enlightening visit, and I was … Continue reading Sight and Touch, Octavio Paz, Limited Editions Club