The Descent of Ishtar, by Diana White, Eragny Press (1903)

The Eragny Press was an important private press that was founded and run by artist Lucien Pissarro (1863-1944) and his wife Esther (1870–1951), herself an accomplished illustrator. The press was named for the town in Normandy where Pissarro’s father, famed Danish-French Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist artist Camille Pissarro, had a home (and where Lucien and Esther had spent 8 months of their honeymoon). Lucien and Esther produced 31 hand-crafted books between 1895 and 1914. Influenced … Continue reading The Descent of Ishtar, by Diana White, Eragny Press (1903)

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)

Pastorale, Wood-Engravings by Lucien Pissarro, from the Whittington Press

{Ed. Note: This is another outstanding contribution from Librarything user Celtic (Neil).} Lucien Pissarro (1863-1944) was an Anglo/French painter, engraver and designer and printer of fine books for his Eragny Press.  Born on the 20th February 1863 in Paris, he was the eldest son of the impressionist painter Camille Pissarro.  He studied under his father and exhibited at the last impressionist Exhibition in 1886.  He visited England in 1870 and … Continue reading Pastorale, Wood-Engravings by Lucien Pissarro, from the Whittington Press