The Cricket on the Hearth, by Charles Dickens, Limited Editions Club, 1933

In the last week or so, in the spirit of the holidays, Books and Vines has taken a look at A Christmas Carol and The Chimes, both by Charles Dickens, both from the early days of the Limited Editions Club (LEC).  We now take a look at The Cricket on the Hearth, which is yet another Dickens’ Christmas story provided to fine book lovers in an … Continue reading The Cricket on the Hearth, by Charles Dickens, Limited Editions Club, 1933

The Chimes, by Charles Dickens, Illustrations by Arthur Rackham, Limited Editions Club, 1931

The Chimes: A Goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In, first published in 1844, is a short novel by Charles Dickens, written one year after his hugely successful A Christmas Carol. It was the second of what was to be five Christmas books written by Dickens. The story is told in a typical Dickensian manner. The protagonist … Continue reading The Chimes, by Charles Dickens, Illustrations by Arthur Rackham, Limited Editions Club, 1931

A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, Limited Editions Club, 1934

Is there any book more appreciated in the Christmas season than A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens? It has been read by millions with a story line known by just about everyone. It has been made into more film and stage versions than you can count.  Published in 1843, A Christmas Carol can be given significant credit for bringing back old Christmas traditions in England, most of which … Continue reading A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, Limited Editions Club, 1934

A Couple Works from The Old School Press, ‘On Durham’ and ‘An Italian Dream’

I saw an ad in the latest Parenthesis for a fine press publisher in England with the name ‘The Old School Press’ owned and operated by Martyn and Angela Ould.  The name resonated with me since I tend to like “old school” works! A visit to their web site shows an interesting mix of small publications, including lots of poetry. They publish new texts in limited … Continue reading A Couple Works from The Old School Press, ‘On Durham’ and ‘An Italian Dream’

My Visit to Arion Press, Part Three – Books (1st Set)

In previous articles concerning my recent visit to Arion Press, I covered the equipment and art to be found in their facilities. Of course, what most of you want to see is their beautiful books, which is, after all, Arion’s raison d’être.  Seeing all of the editions that have been created by Arion Press is a wonderful experience. What strikes me as most impressive is the … Continue reading My Visit to Arion Press, Part Three – Books (1st Set)

A Review of Hard Times, by Charles Dickens, Limited Editions Club

Continuing my quest to get through some of the least read novels of Charles Dickens (1812-1870), I used some airplane time during the past week to get through Hard Times, For These Times. This is the tenth novel of Charles Dickens, and was first published in 1854.  Similar to my opinion of Barnaby Rudge, reviewed a few weeks back, I can understand why this is not one of the more popular Dickens … Continue reading A Review of Hard Times, by Charles Dickens, Limited Editions Club

A Review of Barnaby Rudge, by Charles Dickens

I have always been a big fan of Charles Dickens.  He is a master story-teller, certainly one of the best ever.  Books like A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist and David Copperfield have provided reading pleasure to millions over the past 150+ years and have rightly placed Dickens near the top of the Western Canon. Having not read many of Dickens’ less … Continue reading A Review of Barnaby Rudge, by Charles Dickens