The Life and Journals of Christopher Columbus, Limited Editions Club (1963)

{Ed. Note: This review was first published in April of 2012, and is being republished today in recognition of Columbus Day.} Let me introduce you to yet another underrated and undervalued book from the Limited Editions Club (LEC).  The LEC’s 1963 edition of The Life and Journals of Christopher Columbus can be inexplicably found for under $100 in fine or near fine condition. It is a large … Continue reading The Life and Journals of Christopher Columbus, Limited Editions Club (1963)

Daisy Miller, by Henry James, Limited Editions Club (1969), Heritage Press

{Ed. Note: Thanks to LibraryThing user UK_History_Fan for sending pictures of the Limited Editions Club (LEC) and Heritage Press (HP) editions, which I use below, as well as for his comments comparing the LEC and HP editions.} I often get asked to do more comparisons between Limited Edition Club (LEC) books and the Heritage Press (HP) and Easton Press (EP) books that sprang from them. It is … Continue reading Daisy Miller, by Henry James, Limited Editions Club (1969), Heritage Press

Books and Vines Turns One, & Pondering the Fine Press Market

Books and Vines has now been in existence one year, which seems to me a good enough reason for some celebration and reflection, as well as some pondering about the future of the site. While I would love to claim a huge and exciting vision in creating Books and Vines, frankly speaking it was mostly just me desiring an intellectual outlet having nothing to do … Continue reading Books and Vines Turns One, & Pondering the Fine Press Market

The Life and Journals of Christopher Columbus, Limited Editions Club (1963) and Easton Press

Let me introduce you to yet another underrated and undervalued book from the Limited Editions Club (LEC).  The LEC’s 1963 edition of The Life and Journals of Christopher Columbus can be inexplicably found for under $100 in fine or near fine condition. It is a large scale book, with excellent and numerous illustrations, very reading-friendly type, plenty of maps and is simply an interesting ‘history’ to read, … Continue reading The Life and Journals of Christopher Columbus, Limited Editions Club (1963) and Easton Press

Night, by Elie Wiesel, Illustrations by David Olére, Easton Press Deluxe Limited Edition (2012)

Easton Press (EP) continues to come out with Deluxe Limited Editions (DLE) at a pretty decent rate.  One of the latest is Night by Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel (b.1928).  Night recalls Wiesel’s experience at Auschwitz and Buchenwald in 1944–1945, toward the end of the Second World War. This DLE is illustrated by another Holocaust survivor, artist David Olére (1902-1985). Night rightly can be morbid, as the reality was sickeningly so. Wiesel’s mother and … Continue reading Night, by Elie Wiesel, Illustrations by David Olére, Easton Press Deluxe Limited Edition (2012)

The Talisman, by Sir Walter Scott, Limited Editions Club (1969)

The Talisman is a novel by Sir Walter Scott which was published in 1825. The Talisman takes place near the conclusion of the Third Crusade, with most of the setting and action taking place with the Crusaders in Palestine, as they place themselves in danger due to scheming and partisan politics, compounded by the illness of King Richard the Lionheart. As with most of Scott’s historical novels, many of the characters are fictionalizations of real people … Continue reading The Talisman, by Sir Walter Scott, Limited Editions Club (1969)

Kenilworth, by Sir Walter Scott, Limited Editions Club

Kenilworth, A Romance is a historical novel by Sir Walter Scott, first published in 1821. Kenilworth is set in the late 1500’s, and revolves around the secret marriage of Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, and Amy Robsart, daughter of Sir Hugh Robsart. Amy and the Earl love each other, though she shares his love with his ambition. He has to keep this marriage secret so he can attain the level of power … Continue reading Kenilworth, by Sir Walter Scott, Limited Editions Club