A Tribute to Cavafy, by Constantine P. Cavafy, Limited Editions Club (2003)

Constantine P. Cavafy (1863-1933) is generally considered to be the greatest Greek poet of modern times and one of the most influential poets of the previous century. As stated in the Limited Editions Club (LEC) prospectus for their 2003 edition of A Tribute to Cavafy: Greek poetry did not die 2,500 years ago with Sappho, Pindar, and Theocritus. For Greek poetry was reborn in the mid-twentieth century … Continue reading A Tribute to Cavafy, by Constantine P. Cavafy, Limited Editions Club (2003)

The Man Who Planted Trees, Jean Giono, Limited Editions Club (1995)

Jean Giono (1895 – 1970) was a prolific French writer whose best-known work outside of France is the short story The Man who Planted Trees (1953, fr. L’homme qui plantait des arbres), an edition of which is reviewed here.  His early work, including the “Pan Trilogy” made up of Hill of Destiny (1929, Fr. Colline), Lovers are Never Losers (1929, Fr. Un de Baumugnes) and Harvest (1930, Fr. Regain), showed … Continue reading The Man Who Planted Trees, Jean Giono, Limited Editions Club (1995)

A Look at a Mix of Later Publications from the Limited Editions Club, Part 2

{Ed. Note: This is part 2 of a series looking at a mix of Limited Edition Club publications from the Shiff-era; an era in which the book form was elevated to an art in itself, publishing editions with no expense spared.  See here for part 1.} One wonderful aspect of the Shiff-era Limited Edition Club (LEC) publications is the focus  put on important works of … Continue reading A Look at a Mix of Later Publications from the Limited Editions Club, Part 2

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

A Review of Kafka’s Metamorphosis and Other Stories, Folio Society Edition & A Penal Colony, LEC Edition

{ed note, 9/17/2011:  added a description and pictures of the Limited Editions Club edition of Metamorphosis also). I recently received and read two volumes of Franz Kafka’s works.  The first, a 2010 edition by Folio Society, is Metamorphosis and Other Stories, which contains most of Kafka’s short stories along with his famous novella Metamorphosis.  It also contains In the Penal Colony, though for that story … Continue reading A Review of Kafka’s Metamorphosis and Other Stories, Folio Society Edition & A Penal Colony, LEC Edition