Poems of Frank O’Hara, Illustrations by Willem de Kooning, Limited Editions Club (1988)

Frank O’Hara (1926 – 1966) was a leading poet of what was known as the New York School, until his life was cut short in an unfortunate and freakish beach accident. His reputation has grown considerably over the years to where he is now considered one of the great American poets of the mid-twentieth century. O’Hara served in the U.S. Navy in World Was II, after which he … Continue reading Poems of Frank O’Hara, Illustrations by Willem de Kooning, Limited Editions Club (1988)

Dubliners, by James Joyce, Limited Editions Club (1986)

The Irish novelist/poet James Joyce (1882-1941) is considered one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. Joyce is nearly synonymous with avant-garde modernism and his use of stream of consciousness technique can lay some claim to revolutionizing the novel. Many consider his novel Ulysses (1922) the masterwork of the modernist movement (Modern Library ranked Ulysses first on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of … Continue reading Dubliners, by James Joyce, Limited Editions Club (1986)

A Look at a Mix of Later Publications from the Limited Editions Club, Part 4

{Ed. Note: This is part 4 (the final part) of a series looking at a mix of Limited Edition Club (LEC) 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, here for part 2 and here for part 3. There will be a few more Shiff era books reviewed … Continue reading A Look at a Mix of Later Publications from the Limited Editions Club, Part 4

A Look at a Mix of Later Publications from the Limited Editions Club, Part 3

{Ed. Note: This is part 3 of a series looking at a mix of Limited Edition Club (LEC) 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 and here for part 2.} Part two of this series on Shiff-era LEC’s focused on highlighting great works by African-American … Continue reading A Look at a Mix of Later Publications from the Limited Editions Club, Part 3

A Look at a Mix of Later Publications from the Limited Editions Club, Part 1

As long time readers of Books and Vines know, I had a chance to spend an afternoon with Jeannie Shiff at the Limited Editions Club office in October 2011. While I have since posted reviews of many of the LEC’s of the Shiff era, I must admit that there are a large number that I have been very deficient in getting around to posting. I … Continue reading A Look at a Mix of Later Publications from the Limited Editions Club, Part 1

Genesis, Illustrated by Jacob Lawrence, Limited Editions Club

One of the most sought after, valuable and expensive productions of the Limited Editions Club is their 1989 edition of Genesis.  The scale of the book is enormous, which does not come through completely in the pictures below.  In hand, the book is stunning, with beautiful paper, text and illustrations that blend into a coherent whole. When standing in front of it, I found myself staring … Continue reading Genesis, Illustrated by Jacob Lawrence, 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