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

Affordable Treasures and Pleasures #3, The First Three Folio Society Books (1947): Tales by Leo Tolstoy, Trilby by George du Maurier & Aucassin et Nicolette

{Ed. Note: The third in our series of Affordable Treasures and Pleasures, focusing on books affordable by most, is from Books and Vines contributor Neil. This installment is of historical interest to book lovers, as it looks at the first books published by The Folio Society.} It’s always interesting and of considerable historical value to see the initial efforts of a famous publisher like The Folio … Continue reading Affordable Treasures and Pleasures #3, The First Three Folio Society Books (1947): Tales by Leo Tolstoy, Trilby by George du Maurier & Aucassin et Nicolette

Mabinogion, Translation by Gwyn Jones and Thomas Jones, The Golden Cockerel Press (1948)

{Ed. Note: This article is a collaboration between Books and Vines contributors Neil, who wrote the text, and DlphcOracl, who provided the pictures.} The Mabinogion is the title given to a collection of prose stories which were collected from Welsh medieval manuscripts.  The title Mabinogion appeared in the first English translations of these stories by Lady Charlotte Guest between 1838 and 1849.  The word Mabinogion appears only once in the manuscripts and was assumed to be … Continue reading Mabinogion, Translation by Gwyn Jones and Thomas Jones, The Golden Cockerel Press (1948)

The Voyage of the Challenger, by Herbert Swire, The Golden Cockerel Press, 1938

The Golden Cockerel Press was one of the greatest and most influential fine presses of the 20th century. It was founded by Harold (Hal) Midgley Taylor (1893–1925) in 1920. The press made beautiful handmade limited editions of classic works. The books were typeset by hand, used hand-made paper, were bound by hand, and contained original illustrations from artists and illustrators such as Eric Gill, Robert Gibbings, John Buckland Wright, Blair … Continue reading The Voyage of the Challenger, by Herbert Swire, The Golden Cockerel Press, 1938