The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer, 1934 (George W. Jones) & 1946 (Arthur Szyk) editions from The Limited Editions Club

Geoffrey Chaucer‘s The Canterbury Tales is not only the first great classic of the English language, it remains one of the greatest works in all of literature. To have not read The Canterbury Tales is a true injustice to civilization itself, as for such a work to be bequeathed to us and remain unread by anyone considering themselves cultured is an affront to decency itself! Okay, seriously, not only is … Continue reading The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer, 1934 (George W. Jones) & 1946 (Arthur Szyk) editions from The Limited Editions Club

Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman, Limited Editions Club (1929) and Peter Pauper Press (1950)

{Ed. Note: This post has been updated to include some pictures, thanks to Books and Vines contributor DlphcOrcl, of the 1940 Doubleday Doran edition mentioned in the article below. These newly added pictures are at the bottom of the article.} Books and Vines has shown a lot of love to Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, and I want to continue that one more time! The very … Continue reading Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman, Limited Editions Club (1929) and Peter Pauper Press (1950)

Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo, Limited Editions Club (1938) and The Folio Society Limited Edition (2008)

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, first published in 1862, is considered one of the greatest novels of the nineteenth century. The story follows the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean on his lifetime journey to attain redemption; mostly a personal forgiveness for a life of hardness thrust upon him by an unforgiving society. Les Misérables focuses a microscope on those at the bottom of the social and economic order, highlighting their struggles with poverty, crime, ignorance and … Continue reading Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo, Limited Editions Club (1938) and The Folio Society Limited Edition (2008)

The Shepheardes Calender by Edmund Spenser, Illustrations by John Nash, Printed by George W. Jones, Published by The Cresset Press in 1930

{Ed. Note: This fine article is from Books and Vines contributor Neil. The Shepheardes Calender  by Edmund Spenser, published by The Cresset Press in 1930, printed by George W. Jones and illustrated by John Nash with pochoir stencilling from the Curwen Press.} Edmund Spenser (1552-1599) was an English poet best known for his epic allegorical poem The Fairie Queene. He was born in London and attended the Merchant Taylors’ School … Continue reading The Shepheardes Calender by Edmund Spenser, Illustrations by John Nash, Printed by George W. Jones, Published by The Cresset Press in 1930

The Chimes, by Charles Dickens, Illustrations by Arthur Rackham, Limited Editions Club, 1931

The Chimes: A Goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In, first published in 1844, is a short novel by Charles Dickens, written one year after his hugely successful A Christmas Carol. It was the second of what was to be five Christmas books written by Dickens. The story is told in a typical Dickensian manner. The protagonist … Continue reading The Chimes, by Charles Dickens, Illustrations by Arthur Rackham, Limited Editions Club, 1931