Ulysses, by James Joyce, Illustrations by Henri Matisse, Limited Editions Club (1935)

With near universal acclaim as the greatest work of Modernist literature, and possibly the greatest novel of the twentieth century, Ulysses, by James Joyce, deserves one other award…that being perhaps the least understood and most complicated novel ever written. Tough to read is an understatement. The extensive vocabulary used (over 30,000 distinct words in a novel of 265,000 words), the seemingly countless number of allusions and … Continue reading Ulysses, by James Joyce, Illustrations by Henri Matisse, Limited Editions Club (1935)

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)

Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman, Photographs by Edward Weston, Limited Editions Club (1942)

In what was arguably one of the greatest books, content wise, produced by the Limited Editions Club (LEC), the 1942 edition of Leaves of Grass often leaves the reader speechless. The combination of America’s greatest poet, one of America’s greatest photographers (Edward Weston), and twentieth century America’s pre-eminent publisher of fine press books results in a book for the ages. Despite 1,500 copies having been … Continue reading Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman, Photographs by Edward Weston, Limited Editions Club (1942)

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

A Tribute To George Macy, as Read at His Funeral in 1956

Jeannie Shiff was kind enough to send along to me pictures of an insightful and warm written tribute to George Macy, written by his friend Nunnally Johnson and read at Macy’s funeral on May 22, 1956 by another good friend, Harold Riegelman. The tribute was printed for the members of The Heritage Club in 1956. Below are pictures which allow you to read the entire … Continue reading A Tribute To George Macy, as Read at His Funeral in 1956

Ink and Blood, Arthur Szyk, Heritage Press Limited Edition

Arthur Szyk (1894-1951),  pronounced “Shick”, is one of the great book illustrators and  caricaturists of the twentieth century.  His work particularly speaks to me in that he was a traditionalist, clearly influenced by medieval and renaissance styles, which are favorite artistic periods on mine.   Szyk was a master of detail and coloring, which comes through masterfully in his best work. Szyk was born in Poland, and … Continue reading Ink and Blood, Arthur Szyk, Heritage Press Limited Edition

A Review of Barnaby Rudge, by Charles Dickens

I have always been a big fan of Charles Dickens.  He is a master story-teller, certainly one of the best ever.  Books like A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist and David Copperfield have provided reading pleasure to millions over the past 150+ years and have rightly placed Dickens near the top of the Western Canon. Having not read many of Dickens’ less … Continue reading A Review of Barnaby Rudge, by Charles Dickens