Great Illustrated Private Press Books Part V – The Tragedie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke by William Shakespeare, Cranach Press (1930)

Nearly everyone enjoys “Best Of” lists.  Whether it is the ‘100 Greatest Universities in the World’, the ‘100 Greatest Books in the English Language’, the ‘100 Greatest Records in Rock ’N” Roll’, etc., we usually cannot refrain from reading through these lists.  It may be to satisfy our curiosity regarding what a group of experts rate as “the best” or, perhaps, to discover a hidden … Continue reading Great Illustrated Private Press Books Part V – The Tragedie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke by William Shakespeare, Cranach Press (1930)

The History of the Peloponnesian War, by Thucydides, Ashendene Press (1930)

The Ashendene Press was one of the great private presses of the early twentieth century. Their most famous works include Tutte le Opere di Dante Alighieri (1909, often considered with the Kelmscott Press Chaucer and Doves Press Bible as one of the three greatest private press books ever), and seven magnificent large folio’s: Malory’s Morte Darthur, Spenser’s Faerie Queen, Spenser’s Minor Poems, Boccaccio’s Decameron, Cervantes’s Don Quixote and the work reviewed here, Thucydides’s History of the Peloponnesian War. All … Continue reading The History of the Peloponnesian War, by Thucydides, Ashendene Press (1930)

The Birth of Christ, Illustrated by Noel Rooke, The Golden Cockerel Press, 1925

{Ed. Note: Thanks to Books and Vines contributor Celtic (Neil) for this article on The Birth of Christ from Golden Cockerel Press.} The great calligrapher Edward Johnston was appointed to teach a course in Writing and Illuminating at the Central School of Art and Design, London, in 1899.  Two of his first pupils were Eric Gill and Noel Rooke (1881-1953).  Rooke learned that the form of … Continue reading The Birth of Christ, Illustrated by Noel Rooke, The Golden Cockerel Press, 1925

Doves Press and Arion Press Bibles, also The Folio Society Bible with the Apocrypha, and the Diamond Jubilee Bible

{Ed. Note: The origin article below was published in October 2011. I have updated it on May 25, 2012, with some pictures and information on the The Folio Society’s Bible with the Apocrypha, King James version (still available from The Folio Society for $975) and the Diamond Jubilee Bible, a collaboration between The Folio Society and Sangorski & Sutcliffe (still available from The Folio Society for $7995). Thanks … Continue reading Doves Press and Arion Press Bibles, also The Folio Society Bible with the Apocrypha, and the Diamond Jubilee Bible