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)

The Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies of William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939/1940)

William Shakespeare. The mere name puts students around the world into a state of fear and grief, sends conspiracy theorists into excited revelry and draws nervous shame from the masses who have never experienced Shakespeare. Yet, for lovers of literature, especially those who have read and re-read Shakespeare after reaching a mature age, hearing his name excites one’s soul while stimulating intellect, recalling scene after … Continue reading The Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies of William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939/1940)

Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe, Limited Editions Club (1930)

{Ed Note: I would like to thank Librarything User Django6924 for providing the account of Macy’s and Grabhorn’s relationship that you will see discussed below. Also, subscriber Donald Floyd sent a picture of his 1930 LEC edition that he had beautifully rebound.  See the picture of this at the end of the LEC pictures below, immediately prior to the Easton press pictures.} There are few … Continue reading Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe, Limited Editions Club (1930)

Ivanhoe, by Sir Walter Scott, Limited Editions Club Editions from 1951 and 1940

Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe, published in 1819, is a historical novel set in twelfth century England. The story follows one of the remaining Saxon noble families at a time when the nobility was overwhelmingly Norman. It is set after the failure of the Third Crusade. The theme is one of reconciliation, the coming together of two societies to create a united whole. Besides Ivanhoe being immensely popular when published, it is credited … Continue reading Ivanhoe, by Sir Walter Scott, Limited Editions Club Editions from 1951 and 1940