The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, Pennyroyal Press (1985)

Having last week highlighted two impressive editions of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from the Limited Editions Club (LEC), I am now pleased to show you the most impressive Huck Finn edition of all! In 1985, Barry Moser‘s Pennyroyal Press published a centennial edition of Huckleberry Finn, with a newly updated authoritative text from the experts at the Mark Twain Papers of the The Bancroft Library at the University … Continue reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, Pennyroyal Press (1985)

North of Boston, by Robert Frost, Ascensius Press (2014)

Robert Frost (1874–1963) was one of the most popular and respected American poets of the twentieth century. He wrote frequently of rural life, and his writing reflected a very natural manner of speech to fellow Americans.  North of Boston was Frost’s second book, published in 1914. It includes a number of poems that remain among his most famous, such as Mending Wall, The Death of the Hired Man, Home Burial, The … Continue reading North of Boston, by Robert Frost, Ascensius Press (2014)

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, Pennyroyal Press (1982)

A number of comments concerning the recently reviewed ‘original ‘Alice’ Limited Editions Club (LEC) version of Alice in Wonderland mentioned the great Pennyroyal Press edition of Alice, and so…here it is. ‘Great’ may be an over-used descriptor, especially coming from someone like myself who tends to effusively praise fine press books. However, the Pennyroyal Alice is certainly one case where ‘great’ is an understatement. What you … Continue reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, Pennyroyal Press (1982)

The Maine Woods, by Henry David Thoreau, The Ascensius Press (1998)

Henry David Thoreau’s work tends to be good material for fine press work. An excellent example, previously looked at by Books and Vines, is The Winged Life from Yolla Bolly Press. I was thrilled a few months back when I was able to find Thoreau’s The Maine Woods, published by the Ascensius Press in 1998. Produced in an edition of just 45 copies, this is not easy … Continue reading The Maine Woods, by Henry David Thoreau, The Ascensius Press (1998)

A Review of Kafka’s Metamorphosis and Other Stories, Folio Society Edition & A Penal Colony, LEC Edition

{ed note, 9/17/2011:  added a description and pictures of the Limited Editions Club edition of Metamorphosis also). I recently received and read two volumes of Franz Kafka’s works.  The first, a 2010 edition by Folio Society, is Metamorphosis and Other Stories, which contains most of Kafka’s short stories along with his famous novella Metamorphosis.  It also contains In the Penal Colony, though for that story … Continue reading A Review of Kafka’s Metamorphosis and Other Stories, Folio Society Edition & A Penal Colony, LEC Edition