‘The History of Saint Louis’ by John, Lord of Joinville, The Gregynog Press (1937)

{Ed. Note: This article is courtesy of Books and Vines contributor Neil.}. The first incarnation of The Gregynog Press in rural Wales from 1922-1940 under the patronage of the wealthy Davies sisters (Margaret and Gwendoline) can be viewed as having four distinct phases reflecting the backgrounds, talents and skills of the controllers (all with the support of  skilled and long-serving printers, compositors and binders)  who were responsible for … Continue reading ‘The History of Saint Louis’ by John, Lord of Joinville, The Gregynog Press (1937)

The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan, The Cresset Press & The Shakespeare Head Press (1928)

{Ed. Note: This article is courtesy of Books and Vines contributor Neil.} The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come is an enormously influential Christian allegory written by John Bunyan and published in 1678. It is considered one of the most significant and important works of English literature. Though regrettably it is seldom read now, for many years it was second only to The … Continue reading The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan, The Cresset Press & The Shakespeare Head Press (1928)

The Apocrypha, Cresset Press (1929)

{This article is from Books and Vines contributor Neil.} The Apocrypha (from the Greek word meaning ‘hidden’/’hidden away’/’obscure’) are those books of the Bible that are not regarded by some as canonical, but are usually included anyway as they are viewed as ‘books proceeding from godly men’.  They were found in early manuscripts and early printed editions as part of the Old Testament and were first published as a separate … Continue reading The Apocrypha, Cresset Press (1929)

A Review of Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe, Limited Editions Club (1966) and Golden Hours Press (1932) editions

{Ed. Note: This is a re-publication of an article first published on Books and Vines on August 25, 2011, though now includes information and pictures of the 1932 Golden Hours Press edition of The Tragicall History of Doctor Faustus that was published by Christopher Sandford (he of The Golden Cockerel Press).   It makes a nice comparison with the Limited Editions Club (LEC) edition highlighted in this … Continue reading A Review of Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe, Limited Editions Club (1966) and Golden Hours Press (1932) editions

Leon Underwood: His Wood Engravings, The Fleece Press (1986)

{Ed. Note: This article is from Books and Vines contributor Neil.} Leon Underwood: His Wood Engravings contains a foreword by George Tute followed by engravings created by Leon Underwood in the 1920’s and 1930’s, printed by Simon Lawrence, proprietor of the The Fleece Press, a private press publisher of beautiful hand-made books and a great printer of wood engravings. Mr. Lawrence’s family made woodblocks for wood engravers … Continue reading Leon Underwood: His Wood Engravings, The Fleece Press (1986)

Four Poems by John Milton, Wood-engravings by Blair Hughes-Stanton, The Gregynog Press 1933

{Ed. Note: This is another excellent article from Books and Vines contributor Neil. Four Poems by John Milton, wood-engravings by Blair Hughes-Stanton, The Gregynog Press 1933.} John Milton (1608-1674) was born at Bread Street, London and attended St. Paul’s school before spending seven years at Christ’s College, Cambridge.  His next six years were spent at Horton in ‘studious leisure’ as preparation for his life’s work as a poet … Continue reading Four Poems by John Milton, Wood-engravings by Blair Hughes-Stanton, The Gregynog Press 1933

Birds, Beasts and Flowers by D.H Lawrence; Wood-engravings by Blair Hughes-Stanton, The Cresset Press (1930)

{Ed. Note: This article, the second in a week highlighting a book from The Cresset Press, is from Books and Vines contributor Neil.  Birds, Beasts and Flowers by D.H Lawrence with wood-engravings by Blair Hughes-Stanton, The Cresset Press 1930.} D.H. Lawrence was born in Nottinghamshire, England.  He was an essayist, novelist, poet and short-story writer.  Lawrence is best known for his novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1928). Although he is better … Continue reading Birds, Beasts and Flowers by D.H Lawrence; Wood-engravings by Blair Hughes-Stanton, The Cresset Press (1930)