Around the World in Eighty Days, by Jules Verne, The Plantin Press for the Limited Editions Club (1962)

There seems to be an occasional bias, in some cases perhaps well-founded, that a work of literature is suspect if it happens to actually be entertaining. To some, unless a book is as perplexing as Ulysses or The Sound and the Fury, literary merit is disparaged. What else can explain that Jules Verne (1828–1905), at least in the English speaking world, has often been considered second tier, not quite a … Continue reading Around the World in Eighty Days, by Jules Verne, The Plantin Press for the Limited Editions Club (1962)

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

The Master of Ballantrae, by Robert Louis Stevenson, Limited Editions Club, 1965

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) was a prolific writer producing many works of lasting value and immense entertainment.  Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde are extremely well known classics in the core of the Western Canon. Besides these, he wrote numerous other popular and well thought of novels including The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Two Roses and The Master of Ballantrae; many short stories such … Continue reading The Master of Ballantrae, by Robert Louis Stevenson, Limited Editions Club, 1965

The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas, Limited Editions Club (1932, 1953), Heritage Press, Easton Press DLE

One of the most popular novels ever written is The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. First published in 1844 and never out of print since, the story has been retold countless times in about every popular culture form one can imagine.  Set in the 17th century, it follows the adventures of d’Artagnan as he goes to join the Musketeers of the Guard. He soon befriends Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, very close … Continue reading The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas, Limited Editions Club (1932, 1953), Heritage Press, Easton Press DLE

Green Grow the Lilacs, by Lynn Riggs, Illustrations by Thomas Hart Benton, Limited Editions Club

Among the most collectable of the Macy era Limited Edition Club (LEC) publications are those illustrated by the great American artist, Thomas Hart Benton.  While his work for the LEC’s Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, The Grapes of Wrath and Life on the Mississippi get most of the attention, his illustrations for the largely forgotten Green Grow the Lilacs may actually be the best. Green Grow … Continue reading Green Grow the Lilacs, by Lynn Riggs, Illustrations by Thomas Hart Benton, Limited Editions Club

Bhagavad Gita, Limited Editions Club

{Ed. Note:  A review of the Folio Society edition of Bhagavad Gita is here.} The Bhagavad Gita is Hindu scripture, a poem of philosophy, gospel and prophecy born from a dialogue in legend. On a plain of Kurukshetra, thousands of years ago, two opposing armies were about to face battle. One of the armies included Prince Arjuna and his personal charioteer Krishna, a manifestation of … Continue reading Bhagavad Gita, Limited Editions Club