The Toilers of the Sea, by Victor Hugo, Officina Bodoni for Limited Editions Club (1960)

History has produced few storytellers whose works are as engrossing and entertaining as Victor Hugo (1802-1885), one of the greatest of all French writers.  His continued fame largely comes from his celebrated novels Les Misérables and Notre-Dame de Paris (known in English as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame). Many forget that he was also one of the great French poets in history, with  Les Contemplations and La Légende des siècles being his most critically recognized verse. Hugo’s influence is substantial … Continue reading The Toilers of the Sea, by Victor Hugo, Officina Bodoni for Limited Editions Club (1960)

The Great Illustrated Private Press Books, Part II – Officina Bodoni’s The Fables of Aesop (1973)

{Ed. Note: This is the second of an on-going series looking at the greatest of all private press illustrated books of the last 120+ years. This article is provided by Books and Vines contributor Dlphcoracl. A few weeks back in a review of the Grabhorn Press Esope, we mentioned the Officina Bodoni’s stunning 1973 edition of The Fables of Aesop. Here is it for your perusal!} Aesop is … Continue reading The Great Illustrated Private Press Books, Part II – Officina Bodoni’s The Fables of Aesop (1973)

The Lives Of The Twelve Caesars, by Suetonius, Limited Editions Club (1963)

Anyone who doubts Lord Acton‘s dictum that “power tends to corrupt, absolute power corrupts absolutely” must read The Lives Of The Twelve Caesars (De Vita Caesarum), by Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus.  The real lives of these Caesars is more colorful, dastardly and shocking than any of today’s historical dramas that many spend weeks of their lives binge watching. The general depravity that society wallows in with those … Continue reading The Lives Of The Twelve Caesars, by Suetonius, Limited Editions Club (1963)

Affordable Treasures and Pleasures #5 – The Folio Press Fine Editions (1987 – 1991) Part II

{Ed.Note: This article is from Books and Vines contributor DlphcOracl.} A couple weeks ago  Books and Vines contributor DlphcOracl presented part I of series looking at The Folio Press Fine Editions, a fine press type collection produced by The Folio Society from 1987-1991. Part II now looks at: The Rape of the Lock, by Alexander Pope (1989) Poems of War, by Wilfred Owen (1989) Peter Grimes, by George Crabbe (1990) The Greek Anthology, Translation by James Michie (1990) The final installment, Part III, will … Continue reading Affordable Treasures and Pleasures #5 – The Folio Press Fine Editions (1987 – 1991) Part II

The Betrothed, by Alessandro Manzoni, Limited Editions Club (1951)

The Betrothed (I Promessi Sposi), by Alessandro Manzoni, first published in 1827, is one of the most famous, widely read and influential Italian novels ever written. Manzoni (1785-1873) was heavily influenced by Sir Walter Scott. The Betrothed, a historical novel, certainly ranks amongst the great works of World Literature, right there alongside of Scott’s more famous novels, such as Ivanhoe. Outside of the Divine Comedy, The Betrothed may be … Continue reading The Betrothed, by Alessandro Manzoni, Limited Editions Club (1951)

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

Alphabetum Romanum, by Felice Feliciano Veronese, Officina Bodoni (1960)

{Ed. Note: This is the latest article from Books and Vines contributor Neil.} Giovanni Mardersteig, who will always be associated with the great traditions of typography, wrote this short credo on printing : First, service to the author, searching for the form best suited to his theme.  Second, service to the reader, making reading as pleasant and light for him as possible.  Third, the giving of … Continue reading Alphabetum Romanum, by Felice Feliciano Veronese, Officina Bodoni (1960)