It’s the 2016 Holidays — Support the Private and Fine Press Eco-System!

{Ed. Note: This is an annual article encouraging all Books and Vines readers to keep private and fine press publishers and re-sellers in mind this holiday season as your source for unique, classy and meaningful gifts. The article has been updated with current information and the latest news from private and fine press publishers, while I sheepishly admit lifting the introduction from the holiday article of last year. … Continue reading It’s the 2016 Holidays — Support the Private and Fine Press Eco-System!

The Door in the Wall, by H.G. Wells, The Folio Society Limited Edition (2016)

The Folio Society Limited Edition program remains one of the most exciting sources of unique and finely published books in the market today. In fact, the program seems to just get better and better. Their latest release is a facsimile of a rare 1911 edition of the H.G. Wells collection of short stories titled The Door in the Wall (and Other Stories) with exquisite photogravures by the influential early twentieth … Continue reading The Door in the Wall, by H.G. Wells, The Folio Society Limited Edition (2016)

It’s the Holidays — Support the Private and Fine Press Eco-System!

{Ed. Note: This is an annual article encouraging all Books and Vines readers to keep private and fine press publishers and re-sellers in mind this holiday season to be your source for unique, classy and meaningful gifts. The article has been updated with current information and the latest news from private and fine press publishers. Please pass this link on to everyone you know, the more that … Continue reading It’s the Holidays — Support the Private and Fine Press Eco-System!

Tono-Bungay, by H.G. Wells, Arion Press (2008) and Limited Editions Club (1960)

H.G. Wells (1866 – 1946) is best known for his science fiction novels, The Time Machine (1895), The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), and The War of the Worlds (1898). However, many consider his best work to be Tono-Bungay, published in 1909, a work that is not in the science fiction genre. Wells himself regarded it as his “finest and most finished novel” while also calling it his “most ambitious novel.” An ardent proponent of Socialism, Wells … Continue reading Tono-Bungay, by H.G. Wells, Arion Press (2008) and Limited Editions Club (1960)

Utopia, Sir Thomas More, Designed by Bruce Rogers and Printed at William Rudge Press for the Limited Editions Club (1935)

A couple weeks ago, Book and Vines took a look at a work from one of America’s greatest twentieth century book designers, John Henry Nash, that being the 1939 Limited Editions Club (LEC) edition of Religio Medici by Sir Thomas Browne. We now take a look at a work from a contemporary of Nash, and one that arguably was the greatest of all American book designers … Continue reading Utopia, Sir Thomas More, Designed by Bruce Rogers and Printed at William Rudge Press for the Limited Editions Club (1935)

The Country of the Blind, by H.G. Wells, The Golden Cockerel Press, 1939

{Ed. Note: Books and Vines Contributor Neil (Celtic) contributed all of the pictures and some of the content for this article. Assume the good parts of the article are his, the remainder mine!}. The Country of the Blind, first published in the Strand magazine in 1904, is one of the most famous short stories from H.G. Wells.  In 1939, Wells revised and improved the story and gave it a different ending. This … Continue reading The Country of the Blind, by H.G. Wells, The Golden Cockerel Press, 1939

My Visit to Arion Press, Part Three – Books (1st Set)

In previous articles concerning my recent visit to Arion Press, I covered the equipment and art to be found in their facilities. Of course, what most of you want to see is their beautiful books, which is, after all, Arion’s raison d’être.  Seeing all of the editions that have been created by Arion Press is a wonderful experience. What strikes me as most impressive is the … Continue reading My Visit to Arion Press, Part Three – Books (1st Set)