The Story of the Fisherman, taken from the Arabian Nights, Foolscap Press (2015)

Longtime readers of Books and Vines know that I am a huge fan of Foolscap Press. Their designs and bindings are always out of the ordinary and fantastic, never just stand  ard fare. Their quality is always top-notch. Just look at their Dialogue of the Dogs, simply cool! Not to be out-done, check out their work on The Book of Sand from Nawakum Press. Of course, Phisicke Against … Continue reading The Story of the Fisherman, taken from the Arabian Nights, Foolscap Press (2015)

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

{Ed. Note: This first ran last holiday season, though it has been updated with current information and the latest news from fine press publishers.} As the holiday’s quickly approach, it is time to remind all Books and Vines readers about the importance of doing all we can to support those who create and sell the finely done private press books we all admire. In a world awash … Continue reading It’s the Holidays — Support the Fine Press Eco-System!

2014 Fine Press Trailers!

2014 promises to be an exciting year for collectors of books from todays fine press publishers. Much is in the works, as you will see below! As always, I encourage you to keep an eye on the great work these presses (and others) do in keeping alive the art and craft of finely published books and to support them, whenever possible, by purchasing their work! All … Continue reading 2014 Fine Press Trailers!

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

As the holiday’s quickly approach, it is time to remind all Books and Vines readers about the importance of doing all we can to support those who create and sell the finely done private press books we all admire. In a world awash in digital books and mindless, one size fits all (fonts, designs), throw away, mass produced plunk….what better, thoughtful, unique and meaningful gift … Continue reading It’s the Holidays — Support the Fine Press Eco-System!

The Book of Sand, by Jorge Luis Borges, Nawakum Press (2013)

The Book of Sand, by Jorge Luis Borges, was first published in 1975 as part of his last major collection of the same name. In this work, Borges introduces us to a retired librarian (a fictionalized version of himself) who takes possession of an infinite and diabolical book (‘The Book of Sand’) which transfixes him to the point where he must abandon the book for the sake … Continue reading The Book of Sand, by Jorge Luis Borges, Nawakum Press (2013)

Dialogue of the Dogs, by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Foolscap Press (2012); also The Allen Press (1969)

{Ed.Note: The original and main article is on the 2012 edition of Dialogue of the Dogs from The Foolscap Press. As of 8/17/2012, thanks to Books and Vines contributor DlphcOracl, pictures of the classic 1969 edition from The L&D Allen Press are now also included at the bottom of the post.} Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) is best known for his Don Quixote, generally considered the first … Continue reading Dialogue of the Dogs, by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Foolscap Press (2012); also The Allen Press (1969)

Books and Vines Turns One, & Pondering the Fine Press Market

Books and Vines has now been in existence one year, which seems to me a good enough reason for some celebration and reflection, as well as some pondering about the future of the site. While I would love to claim a huge and exciting vision in creating Books and Vines, frankly speaking it was mostly just me desiring an intellectual outlet having nothing to do … Continue reading Books and Vines Turns One, & Pondering the Fine Press Market