Books & Vines Re-Launch: Private/Fine Press News for 2019

After a two year hiatus, I would like to welcome you to a re-launched Books and Vines. Plenty of articles are in the works for the coming months to highlight recent release private/fine press publications while continuing our march through some of the greatest works in private press history (see the ‘Upcoming Reviews’ section for details). Look for the first review article in the coming … Continue reading Books & Vines Re-Launch: Private/Fine Press News for 2019

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!

Bibliography of the Arion Press, Arion Press (2015)

The Arion Press has a remarkable and illustrious publishing history, as a quick read through their just released ‘Bibliography of the Arion Press’ clearly highlights. It is no surprise to long time Books and Vines readers that I am a huge fan of the Press, a subscriber, and an admirer of what founder Andrew Hoyem has accomplished.  In today’s day and age a private press lasting 40+ years is … Continue reading Bibliography of the Arion Press, Arion Press (2015)

Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, Pennyroyal Press (1983)

Barry Moser‘s Pennyroyal Press has produced scores of books since 1970, the most elaborate and well known of which include 5 amazingly designed and executed folio sized works all produced in the early to mid-1980’s.  This amazing set of folio’s began with the 1982 publications of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland (reviewed on Books and Vines here) and Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass and what Alice Found There, and ended in 1985 … Continue reading Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, Pennyroyal Press (1983)

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!

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, Pennyroyal Press (1982)

A number of comments concerning the recently reviewed ‘original ‘Alice’ Limited Editions Club (LEC) version of Alice in Wonderland mentioned the great Pennyroyal Press edition of Alice, and so…here it is. ‘Great’ may be an over-used descriptor, especially coming from someone like myself who tends to effusively praise fine press books. However, the Pennyroyal Alice is certainly one case where ‘great’ is an understatement. What you … Continue reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, Pennyroyal Press (1982)

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!