The Artistry of Elfriede Abbe

{Ed. Note: This article is from Books and Vines contributor Dlphcoracl. Those interested in Elfriede Abbe‘s outstanding artwork should contact Elaine Beckwith Gallery who represents her estate.} Elfriede Abbe, who died in 2012 at the age of 93 years of age, was a multi-faceted artist (her obituary is here). Unfortunately for private press book collectors, her books were a relatively small part of her output and her life. … Continue reading The Artistry of Elfriede Abbe

The Circus of Dr. Lao, by Charles Finney, Janus Press (1984); Also, The Limited Editions Club edition (1982)

One would think, having lived in Arizona for 43 years, that I would be more familiar with Charles G. Finney‘s modern classic The Circus of Dr. Lao which takes place in a fictional small town in Arizona named Abalone. Alas, I have never read it. I intended to do so prior to writing this article, but I remain buried in higher priority reading. None-the-less, the fine press editions … Continue reading The Circus of Dr. Lao, by Charles Finney, Janus Press (1984); Also, The Limited Editions Club edition (1982)

The Tragedie of King Lear, by William Shakespeare, Janus Press/Theodore Press (1986)

{Ed. Note: Several comments from Claire Van Vliet (in quotation marks) are taken from an interview and article by Candace Page, published in the Burlington Free Press on March 2, 2013.   Ms. Page’s excellent article can be read in its entirety by clicking here.} Claire Van Vliet, now eighty years old, is a master wood-engraver although she also makes prints, drawings and pulp paintings.  She … Continue reading The Tragedie of King Lear, by William Shakespeare, Janus Press/Theodore Press (1986)