The Victoria Psalter, Designed and Illuminated by Owen Jones

[Ed. Note: This article is from Books and Vines contributor Dlphcoracl.] Owen Jones (1809-1874) was a seminal figure in the evolution of design and the decorative arts in 19th century Great Britain.  Trained as an architect, he embarked upon his Grand Tour at the age of 23.  In contrast to other upper class young men and women in the UK whose Grand Tours took them … Continue reading The Victoria Psalter, Designed and Illuminated by Owen Jones

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, Edward Fitzgerald Translation, George G. Harrap & Co. (1930)

Edward FitzGerald‘s nineteenth century translations (or what he called his “transmogrification”) of poems known as The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, originally written in Persian by the poet and mathematician Omar Khayyám (1048–1131), have become enormously influential in the Western Canon as a classic work of English Literature. Fitzgerald’s Rubaiyat has lent itself to scores of fine press editions, as artists and illustrators such as Edmund Dulac, … Continue reading The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, Edward Fitzgerald Translation, George G. Harrap & Co. (1930)

Two Tennyson’s – Maud: A Monodrama, The Kelmscott Press (1893) and In Memorium, The Vale Press (1900)

{Ed. Note: This latest article from Books and Vines contributor Neil looks at two works of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, published by famous presses at the start of the modern private press movement: Maud: A Monodrama from The Kelmscott Press (1893) and In Memorium from The Vale Press (1900). What fantastic presswork, in the pictures below just look at the type, the ornamentation and the quality of the paper!} Alfred, … Continue reading Two Tennyson’s – Maud: A Monodrama, The Kelmscott Press (1893) and In Memorium, The Vale Press (1900)

The Story of Cupid and Psyche, The Rampant Lions Press (and Clover Hill Editions), William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones Illustrations

{Ed. Note: This article and pictures are from Books and Vines contributor Celtic (Neil).}. The Rampant Lions Press was founded by Will Carter in 1924 and became a full-time private-press in 1949. Thanks to Will Carter (1912-2001) and his son Sebastian Carter (b.1941) the Rampant Lions Press had a long standing reputation as one of the best in the private press world and, by the … Continue reading The Story of Cupid and Psyche, The Rampant Lions Press (and Clover Hill Editions), William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones Illustrations

Easton Press’s Kelmscott Chaucer

As a long time fan and subscriber to Easton Press, I was thrilled to find out last year that they were starting to print deluxe limited editions (DLE), usually facsimiles of famous editions in the history of book printing.  Their first effort really set the bar and raised the excitement level of those into fine limited editions.  Easton’s DLE of The Kelmscott Press’s The Works … Continue reading Easton Press’s Kelmscott Chaucer