Billy Budd and Beneto Cereno, by Herman Melville, Limited Editions Club (1965)

{Ed. Note: The next post will likely be 2-3 weeks from now as I focus on the annual ‘Support the Fine/Private Press Eco-System‘ article. In the meantime, please make extensive use of the Index of Book Reviews to catch up or re-acquaint yourself with the hundreds or reviews on Books and Vines.} Herman Melville (1819-1891) was a novelist, poet and short story writer that many consider … Continue reading Billy Budd and Beneto Cereno, by Herman Melville, Limited Editions Club (1965)

Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street, by Herman Melville, Indulgence Press (1995)

Herman Melville‘s Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street, a great work in the pantheon of American short stories, was first published anonymously in Putnam’s Monthly in November/December 1853. It was published in book form in 1856 as part of The Piazza Tales, a collection of short stories by Melville. It is considered antecedent of absurdist literature, and certainly leaves one wondering ‘huh?’. Endlessly debated, it is not clear exactly … Continue reading Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street, by Herman Melville, Indulgence Press (1995)

Omoo, by Herman Melville, Oxford University Press for the Limited Editions Club (1961)

Ever since I read Herman Melville‘s Typee a few years ago, in the wonderful 1935 Limited Editions Club (LEC) edition from The Harbor Press, I have wanted to read Omoo, Melville’s second work and the sequel to Typee.  Luckily, the LEC also published Omoo, twenty six years after Typee, in an almost equally nice edition, this one printed by by Vivian Ridler of the Oxford University Press … Continue reading Omoo, by Herman Melville, Oxford University Press for the Limited Editions Club (1961)

A Look at David Pascoe’s Nawakum Press

{Ed Note: I would like to thank David Pascoe for providing me with information on the press for this article.} One of the great perks of being associated with Books and Vines is the frequency in which I am made aware of outstanding new (and sometimes not new) fine press publishers that I was not aware of. In this world of mass commercialization and production, … Continue reading A Look at David Pascoe’s Nawakum Press

Moby Dick, by Herman Melville, Lakeside Press (1930) and Arion Press (1979) Editions

{Ed Note: Special thanks to Nick of Ephemeral Pursuits for this article. Please also visit his site to read a companion article providing even more information.  I encourage you to check out his website frequently, it will be a source of outstanding articles of interest to all who enjoy books, literature, television, movies and other topics.} A few months ago Books and Vines published a review of the … Continue reading Moby Dick, by Herman Melville, Lakeside Press (1930) and Arion Press (1979) Editions

Typee, by Herman Melville, Limited Editions Club (1935) & West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company Edition (1962)

A couple weeks back, I had the good fortune of spending a week in Bora Bora with my fiancé on what turned out to be a wonderfully relaxing vacation. As I planned on spending a fair amount of time lounging on the deck of my over water bungalow reading and sipping wine, serious thought was given to what I was to read. After short deliberation, … Continue reading Typee, by Herman Melville, Limited Editions Club (1935) & West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company Edition (1962)

Moby Dick, by Herman Melville, Folio Society Limited Edition

{Ed Note: I will stick to my rule of only reviewing the story itself if I have just read the book in the last couple months, so this review is on the Folio Society edition itself, not on the content of Moby Dick}. First published in New York in 1851, Herman Melville‘s Moby Dick is generally considered one of the greatest of American novels, a … Continue reading Moby Dick, by Herman Melville, Folio Society Limited Edition