A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens – Hand & Eye Editions (2015), Incline Press (2005), Arion Press (1993), Barbarian Press (1984), Grabhorn Press (1950), Limited Editions Club (1934), The Roycroft Shop (1902)

{Ed. Note: This is likely the last posting for a couple/few weeks. Have a Merry Christmas. And remember, it is not too late to support the private press eco-system.} Is there any book more appreciated during 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 … Continue reading A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens – Hand & Eye Editions (2015), Incline Press (2005), Arion Press (1993), Barbarian Press (1984), Grabhorn Press (1950), Limited Editions Club (1934), The Roycroft Shop (1902)

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, by Edgar Allan Poe, Limited Editions Club (1929)

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), as one of the greatest and most influential of American writers, needs little introduction.  His influence on Romanticism and within the  Gothic, mystery, detective and science fiction literary genres, is tremendous. During his lifetime, he was nearly as famous for being a sharp and biting literary critic (especially his dis-like for  transcendentalism) as for being an author. He became tremendously popular in Europe in the 19th century, especially in … Continue reading The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, by Edgar Allan Poe, Limited Editions Club (1929)

Droll Stories, by Honoré de Balzac, The Southworth Press for the Limited Editions Club (1932)

Droll Stories (Contes drolatiques) is a collection of short stories by Honoré de Balzac published between 1832 and 1837. Dedicated to the entertainment “of Pantagruelists everywhere and of none else“, the stories are certainly Rabelaisian in nature (also, Boccaccio would be proud). Lively, humorous and unbound from social convention (The Limited Editions Club Monthly Letter refers to its “naughty, naughtiness“), the stories are a delight to read, while being distinct stylistically from Balzac’s voluminous other … Continue reading Droll Stories, by Honoré de Balzac, The Southworth Press for the Limited Editions Club (1932)

The Education of Henry Adams, Limited Editions Club (1942)

The Education of Henry Adams is yet another Limited Editions Club (LEC) publication that just speaks to me in a manner that only a book well designed and executed can. Like the recently reviewed The Warden, The Education of Henry Adams looks simple and studious on the outside, but manages to show its exceptional nature the second one starts flipping through the now seventy year pages made … Continue reading The Education of Henry Adams, Limited Editions Club (1942)

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