The Travels of Sir John Mandeville Beyond the Holy Land, Foolscap Press (2019); Also, The Voiage and Travail of Sir John Mandeville, Grabhorn Press (1928)

The Travels of Sir John Mandeville Beyond the Holy Land, the latest publication from Foolscap Press, is one of the most beautifully done private press works in years. The publication exudes an aura of just about everything a private press work should be in terms of intent, spirit, craftsmanship and artisanal excellence. Happily for private press collectors, a 1928 version of Mandeville’s travels, published by … Continue reading The Travels of Sir John Mandeville Beyond the Holy Land, Foolscap Press (2019); Also, The Voiage and Travail of Sir John Mandeville, Grabhorn Press (1928)

The Book of Ruth, Grabhorn Press (1926) and Limited Editions Club (1947)

The Limited Editions Club (LEC) Monthly Letter (ML) for their wonderful 1947 edition of the Book of Ruth says of the story that it is “delightful“, “charming” and “great.” The ML goes on to quote the early twentieth century American educator and author Mary Ellen Chase saying: The ‘Book of Ruth’ is one of the most graceful and charming of short stories not only in ancient literature but … Continue reading The Book of Ruth, Grabhorn Press (1926) and Limited Editions Club (1947)

Bibliography of the Arion Press, Arion Press (2015)

The Arion Press has a remarkable and illustrious publishing history, as a quick read through their just released ‘Bibliography of the Arion Press’ clearly highlights. It is no surprise to long time Books and Vines readers that I am a huge fan of the Press, a subscriber, and an admirer of what founder Andrew Hoyem has accomplished.  In today’s day and age a private press lasting 40+ years is … Continue reading Bibliography of the Arion Press, Arion Press (2015)

A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens – Hand & Eye Editions (2015), Incline Press (2005), Arion Press (1993), Barbarian Press (1984), Grabhorn Press (1950), Limited Editions Club (1934), The Roycroft Shop (1902)

{Ed. Note: This is likely the last posting for a couple/few weeks. Have a Merry Christmas. And remember, it is not too late to support the private press eco-system.} Is there any book more appreciated during the Christmas season than A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens? It has been read by millions with a story line known by just about everyone. It has been made into more film … Continue reading A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens – Hand & Eye Editions (2015), Incline Press (2005), Arion Press (1993), Barbarian Press (1984), Grabhorn Press (1950), Limited Editions Club (1934), The Roycroft Shop (1902)

The Fables of Esope, Grabhorn Press, Illustrations by Valenti Angelo (1930)

Aesop’s existence, while likely, is not completely certain, though writings about him are found in such sources as Aristotle, Herodotus, and Plutarch. Apparently he lived in ancient Greece around 600 BC. It was long said that he was a slave who won his freedom by his cleverness. No direct writings of his survive, though many tales over the centuries and across cultures have been attributed to him. In fact, as … Continue reading The Fables of Esope, Grabhorn Press, Illustrations by Valenti Angelo (1930)

The Sermon on the Mount, Grabhorn Press (1924); also Limited Editions Club (1977)

The Sermon on the Mount is the first of the Five Discourses of Matthew in the Gospel of Matthew. Containing the Beatitudes and the Lord’s Prayer, the Sermon on the Mount is the longest, most well-known, and important of the teachings of Jesus in the Gospels. It forms the basis of the ethics of Christianity with its message providing guidance towards the expected conduct of its believers. The Sermon on the Mount contains some of the most quoted words in all history, … Continue reading The Sermon on the Mount, Grabhorn Press (1924); also Limited Editions Club (1977)

Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe, Limited Editions Club (1930)

{Ed Note: I would like to thank Librarything User Django6924 for providing the account of Macy’s and Grabhorn’s relationship that you will see discussed below. Also, subscriber Donald Floyd sent a picture of his 1930 LEC edition that he had beautifully rebound.  See the picture of this at the end of the LEC pictures below, immediately prior to the Easton press pictures.} There are few … Continue reading Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe, Limited Editions Club (1930)