Great Illustrated Private Press Books, Part VII – The Four Gospels, Golden Cockerel Press (1931)

{Ed. Note: This is part VII of an on-going series by dlphcoracl looking at the greatest illustrated private/fine press books of all time. See Part I, II, III, IV, V and VI for the previous articles.} The Four Gospels is one of a trilogy of works illustrated with wood engravings by Eric Gill for the Golden Cockerel Press (GCP), including The Canterbury Tales and Troilus … Continue reading Great Illustrated Private Press Books, Part VII – The Four Gospels, Golden Cockerel Press (1931)

The Beast in the Jungle, by Henry James, Allen Press (1963)

Henry James wrote the novella The Beast in the Jungle in 1903. First published as part of a collection called  The Better Sort, The Beast in the Jungle came to be considered one of his best works. In the preface to this edition, Clifton Fadiman agrees and expands on why: “For me this is the best of James’s shorter fictions, combining the utmost concentration of effect with … Continue reading The Beast in the Jungle, by Henry James, Allen Press (1963)

The Revelation of Saint John the Divine, Gregynog Press (1932)

The Gregynog Press has a long and storied history as one of the pre-eminent private presses of the twentieth century. Founded in 1922 by Margaret and Gwendoline Davies, Gregynog quickly became one of the most influential private presses in the pre-World War II era, producing some of the era’s most beautiful and lasting works, including The Revelation of Saint John the Divine which you will see in this article. … Continue reading The Revelation of Saint John the Divine, Gregynog Press (1932)

Agnes Miller Parker, Her Wood-Engravings for Gregynog Press

{Ed. Note: This article is from Books and Vines contributor Neil.} Agnes Miller Parker (1895-1980) was a Scottish painter, illustrator and celebrated wood-engraver. She was born in Irvine and from 1911-1917 attended the Glasgow School of Art where she met the art critic and painter William McCance who she married in 1918. McCance and Miller Parker lived in Chiswick in the twenties and were near … Continue reading Agnes Miller Parker, Her Wood-Engravings for Gregynog Press

Youth, by Joseph Conrad, Allen Press (1959)

The twenty-second publication from the Allen Press is, to my eye, the greatest of their many great works. Just back from their two years of typographic study and printing in France, Lewis and Dorothy Allen embarked on what was to be a period of tremendous work on a series of folio sized publications, of which Youth, from Joseph Conrad, is the first. The Allens’ interest in … Continue reading Youth, by Joseph Conrad, Allen Press (1959)

Gertrude Hermes and the ‘Gregynog’ Selborne, Gwasg Gregynog (1988)

{Ed. Note: This article is from Books and Vines contributor Neil.} Gertrude Hermes, OBE, RA (1901 – 1983) was an outstanding sculptor and wood engraver whose work spanned much of the twentieth century. In the opinion of Simon Brett, “her prints stand in the history of British Modernism alongside the paintings of Nicholson and the sculpture of Moore and Hepworth.” The story of Hermes’ association with Gregynog Press is interesting and sad. The … Continue reading Gertrude Hermes and the ‘Gregynog’ Selborne, Gwasg Gregynog (1988)

Epithalamion: A Poem by Ida Graves with Associate Wood-engraving by Blair Hughes Stanton, The Gemini Press (1934)

{This article is from Books and Vines contributor Neil.} {Ed. Note: I apologize for the spelling error of the title and in the watermark on the pictures below, auto correct struck, and I did not catch it.  Note that Neil had it right, and I screwed it up!  Sorry.} Epithalamion was the first book from ‘The Gemini Press’ of Blair Hughes-Stanton and Ida Graves. The name … Continue reading Epithalamion: A Poem by Ida Graves with Associate Wood-engraving by Blair Hughes Stanton, The Gemini Press (1934)