Daisy Miller, by Henry James, Limited Editions Club (1969), Heritage Press

{Ed. Note: Thanks to LibraryThing user UK_History_Fan for sending pictures of the Limited Editions Club (LEC) and Heritage Press (HP) editions, which I use below, as well as for his comments comparing the LEC and HP editions.} I often get asked to do more comparisons between Limited Edition Club (LEC) books and the Heritage Press (HP) and Easton Press (EP) books that sprang from them. It is … Continue reading Daisy Miller, by Henry James, Limited Editions Club (1969), Heritage Press

The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas, Limited Editions Club (1932, 1953), Heritage Press, Easton Press DLE

One of the most popular novels ever written is The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. First published in 1844 and never out of print since, the story has been retold countless times in about every popular culture form one can imagine.  Set in the 17th century, it follows the adventures of d’Artagnan as he goes to join the Musketeers of the Guard. He soon befriends Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, very close … Continue reading The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas, Limited Editions Club (1932, 1953), Heritage Press, Easton Press DLE

The Song of Songs Which is Solomon’s, illustrated by Valenti Angelo, Heritage Press Edition, 1935

Having published a look at Eric Gill’s marvelous (and expensive) Song of Songs (from Golden Cockerel Press), I thought it would be interesting to compare it against Valenti Angelo’s also marvelous, amazingly inexpensive version put out by Heritage Press in 1935. The Heritage Press edition is special in a number of ways. First, it is one of a small number of Heritage editions that was not … Continue reading The Song of Songs Which is Solomon’s, illustrated by Valenti Angelo, Heritage Press Edition, 1935

Ink and Blood, Arthur Szyk, Heritage Press Limited Edition

Arthur Szyk (1894-1951),  pronounced “Shick”, is one of the great book illustrators and  caricaturists of the twentieth century.  His work particularly speaks to me in that he was a traditionalist, clearly influenced by medieval and renaissance styles, which are favorite artistic periods on mine.   Szyk was a master of detail and coloring, which comes through masterfully in his best work. Szyk was born in Poland, and … Continue reading Ink and Blood, Arthur Szyk, Heritage Press Limited Edition

A Review of Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, Limited Editions Club

[ed note:  this is a long review, so if all you care about is pictures, scroll to the end] The remarkable thing about Thomas De Quincey’s Confessions of an English Opium-Eater is that it is not required to be read by every college student prior to receiving a diploma! No amount of teaching, or reading of what stands in for ‘literature’ in many college’s today, … Continue reading A Review of Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, Limited Editions Club

Oscar Wilde’s Salome, LEC and Heritage Press Editions

Limited Editions Club (LEC) editions typically are more collectible and desirable than those from Heritage Press (HP), George Macy’s baby sister to his LEC.  This is typically because of the use of better materials and the more limited nature of LEC, in addition to the LEC’s typically coming with the signature of the author, illustrator or printer.  This is not to criticize Heritage Press at … Continue reading Oscar Wilde’s Salome, LEC and Heritage Press Editions

A Review of Barnaby Rudge, by Charles Dickens

I have always been a big fan of Charles Dickens.  He is a master story-teller, certainly one of the best ever.  Books like A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist and David Copperfield have provided reading pleasure to millions over the past 150+ years and have rightly placed Dickens near the top of the Western Canon. Having not read many of Dickens’ less … Continue reading A Review of Barnaby Rudge, by Charles Dickens