The Travels of Sir John Mandeville Beyond the Holy Land, Foolscap Press (2019); Also, The Voiage and Travail of Sir John Mandeville, Grabhorn Press (1928)

The Travels of Sir John Mandeville Beyond the Holy Land, the latest publication from Foolscap Press, is one of the most beautifully done private press works in years. The publication exudes an aura of just about everything a private press work should be in terms of intent, spirit, craftsmanship and artisanal excellence. Happily for private press collectors, a 1928 version of Mandeville’s travels, published by … Continue reading The Travels of Sir John Mandeville Beyond the Holy Land, Foolscap Press (2019); Also, The Voiage and Travail of Sir John Mandeville, Grabhorn Press (1928)

Books & Vines Re-Launch: Private/Fine Press News for 2019

After a two year hiatus, I would like to welcome you to a re-launched Books and Vines. Plenty of articles are in the works for the coming months to highlight recent release private/fine press publications while continuing our march through some of the greatest works in private press history (see the ‘Upcoming Reviews’ section for details). Look for the first review article in the coming … Continue reading Books & Vines Re-Launch: Private/Fine Press News for 2019

The Snails, by Patricia Highsmith, Foolscap Press (2016)

Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) was an American writer whose works have often been adapted for film, most notably by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951’s Strangers on a Train and her Tom Ripley novels, such as The Talented Mr. Ripley (made into a French-language film Plein soleil in 1960 and a Hollywood movie in 1999 with Matt Damon, Jude Law, and Gwyneth Paltrow). She also wrote a number of short stories, including The Snails, here reviewed in a new edition by Foolscap … Continue reading The Snails, by Patricia Highsmith, Foolscap Press (2016)

It’s the 2016 Holidays — Support the Private and Fine Press Eco-System!

{Ed. Note: This is an annual article encouraging all Books and Vines readers to keep private and fine press publishers and re-sellers in mind this holiday season as your source for unique, classy and meaningful gifts. The article has been updated with current information and the latest news from private and fine press publishers, while I sheepishly admit lifting the introduction from the holiday article of last year. … Continue reading It’s the 2016 Holidays — Support the Private and Fine Press Eco-System!

It’s the Holidays — Support the Private and Fine Press Eco-System!

{Ed. Note: This is an annual article encouraging all Books and Vines readers to keep private and fine press publishers and re-sellers in mind this holiday season to be your source for unique, classy and meaningful gifts. The article has been updated with current information and the latest news from private and fine press publishers. Please pass this link on to everyone you know, the more that … Continue reading It’s the Holidays — Support the Private and Fine Press Eco-System!

Going Up to Sun Terrace: A Tribute to Ezra Pound and Li Po’s Shangyangtai, David Annwn and Thomas Ingmire

A few weeks back Books and Vines highlighted a new publication from Foolscap Press called The Saint John’s Fragment – Against the Odds with a poem written by Anglo Welsh poet, critic and publisher David Annwn and calligraphy by Thomas Ingmire. Mr. Ingmire subsequently made me aware of another recent collaboration he and Mr. Annwn completed, which is the focus of this article. The book is titled Going Up to Sun Terrace: A … Continue reading Going Up to Sun Terrace: A Tribute to Ezra Pound and Li Po’s Shangyangtai, David Annwn and Thomas Ingmire

The Saint John’s Fragment – Against the Odds, David Annwn, Foolscap Press (2015)

Books and Vines readers know the high esteem in which I hold Foolscap Press. Their designs are always well thought out and extremely interesting to behold. See here, here, here and here as examples. I was so excited and enamored with their Story of a Fisherman that I somewhat overlooked a smaller work that was published at about the same time: The Saint John’s Fragment – Against the Odds. … Continue reading The Saint John’s Fragment – Against the Odds, David Annwn, Foolscap Press (2015)