Moon as Bright as Water, by Qin Guan, Chester River Press (2016)

Qin Guan (1049-1100) was a Chinese poet, most famous for his love poems written within the classical Chinese tradition in a lyric poetry style known as ci (also known as t’zu) which was particularly popular during the Song Dynasty. You can think of ci as essentially a song lyric, or “words for music” used in what would today be called cabaret songs. William McNaughton mentions in the introduction to this new … Continue reading Moon as Bright as Water, by Qin Guan, Chester River Press (2016)

It’s the Holidays — Support the Fine Press Eco-System!

As the holiday’s quickly approach, it is time to remind all Books and Vines readers about the importance of doing all we can to support those who create and sell the finely done private press books we all admire. In a world awash in digital books and mindless, one size fits all (fonts, designs), throw away, mass produced plunk….what better, thoughtful, unique and meaningful gift … Continue reading It’s the Holidays — Support the Fine Press Eco-System!

The Iliad and Odyssey, by Homer, Chester River Press

One of my favorite acquisitions in 2011 was a beautiful edition of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, by Chester River Press. I had not been familiar with Chester River’s work prior to this, but this work instantly catapulted them into the ‘must watch’ category. Soon after picking up Heart of Darkness, I became aware that they had also recently published Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. Unlike Heart of Darkness, the … Continue reading The Iliad and Odyssey, by Homer, Chester River Press

Last Minute Christmas Shopping? Support the Fine Books Ecosystem!

I fully intend on keeping Books and Vines a non-sales site.  First, I am simply a buyer, reader, and lover of finely done classic literature.  I have no ‘skin in the game’ when it comes to buying or selling books.  Secondly, I am sure you all get bombarded with enough advertising and requests for you to spend money — I have no intent on ever … Continue reading Last Minute Christmas Shopping? Support the Fine Books Ecosystem!

Heart of Darkness, Chester River Press/Deep Wood Press

I was lucky enough to recently receive Chester River Press’s edition of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, printed by Deep Wood Press. I am not sure of how many synonyms I can find for “wow”, so I will just stick to one big WOW!  That was my reaction when I opened the box, my reaction when I saw the binding and my reaction when I … Continue reading Heart of Darkness, Chester River Press/Deep Wood Press