Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939)

The comedy Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare, written in 1598 or 1599, is generally considered one of his best as it “combines elements of robust hilarity with more serious meditations on honour, shame, and court politics” (see here). In the preface to the play (in the prospectus to this edition), German philosopher Hermann Ulrici (1806-1884) further describes the tenants underlying the surface level humor in the play: …as in most … Continue reading Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939)

The Decameron, by Giovanni Boccaccio, Limited Editions Club (1930 & 1940 editions)

Despite having read many of the stories from Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Decameron over the years, I had never read it cover to cover. Thankfully, I embarked on doing so a couple months back and was amply rewarded for the effort. It is one of the most enjoyable books one could hope to entertain themselves with, and I cannot believe I waited until my forty-ninth year … Continue reading The Decameron, by Giovanni Boccaccio, Limited Editions Club (1930 & 1940 editions)

Andria, by Terence, Editiones Officinae Bodoni (1971), Illustrations by Albrecht Durer done by Fritz Kredel

{Ed. Note: This article has been provided by Books and Vines contributor Neil.} Terence (Publius Terentius Afer) was born around 190 BC. It is believed that he was born near Carthage and his mother was a slave. He was brought to Rome and sold to a Roman Senator who provided him with an education and later freed him. Terence was a playwright and by the time … Continue reading Andria, by Terence, Editiones Officinae Bodoni (1971), Illustrations by Albrecht Durer done by Fritz Kredel

The Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies of William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939/1940)

William Shakespeare. The mere name puts students around the world into a state of fear and grief, sends conspiracy theorists into excited revelry and draws nervous shame from the masses who have never experienced Shakespeare. Yet, for lovers of literature, especially those who have read and re-read Shakespeare after reaching a mature age, hearing his name excites one’s soul while stimulating intellect, recalling scene after … Continue reading The Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies of William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939/1940)

The Warden, by Anthony Trollope, Limited Editions Club (1955)

Diving deeply into Anthony Trollope’s The Warden is like time traveling to the middle of the Victorian era. The pace, the settings, the characters and the mood all contribute to immersing the reader into this oft thought of time and place. While the story is not exciting, overly deep or page-turning, its value comes from its aura of familiar commonality; it’s ability to convey what … Continue reading The Warden, by Anthony Trollope, Limited Editions Club (1955)

A Review of Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe, Limited Editions Club (1966) and Golden Hours Press (1932) editions

{Ed. Note: This is a re-publication of an article first published on Books and Vines on August 25, 2011, though now includes information and pictures of the 1932 Golden Hours Press edition of The Tragicall History of Doctor Faustus that was published by Christopher Sandford (he of The Golden Cockerel Press).   It makes a nice comparison with the Limited Editions Club (LEC) edition highlighted in this … Continue reading A Review of Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe, Limited Editions Club (1966) and Golden Hours Press (1932) editions

The Complete Andersen, by Hans Christian Andersen, Limited Editions Club, 1949

The Limited Editions Club (LEC) created many wonderful, extremely collectible books over the years. Many are very sought after, and can run well into the hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.  However, many remain bargains in relation to their make up.  While not inexpensive ($200-500 on Abe’s), the LEC’s 1949 publication of The Complete Andersen (in six volumes containing the complete stories of Hans Christian … Continue reading The Complete Andersen, by Hans Christian Andersen, Limited Editions Club, 1949