The Odyssey, by Homer, Published by Bruce Rogers, Emery Walker & Wilfred Merton (1932)

A few months ago, Books and Vines highlighted a magnificent typological work of the early twentieth century, the 1931 Limited Editions Club (LEC) editions of Homer‘s Iliad and Odyssey, both designed and printed by one of the 20th centuries master typographers, Jan van Krimpen. This work was recognized by Martin Hunter and Jerry Kelly in their look at the best finely printed books of the twentieth century, A Century for the Century. There is another fine … Continue reading The Odyssey, by Homer, Published by Bruce Rogers, Emery Walker & Wilfred Merton (1932)

Odyssey and Iliad, by Homer, Limited Editions Club (1931)

Books and Vines often gushes oodles of love when gazing at the marvelous illustrations that typically enhance fine press books. This one will not!  Instead, we take a quick look at one of the great typographical works of the twentieth century, the 1931 Limited Editions Club (LEC) editions of Homer‘s Iliad and Odyssey, both designed and printed by one of the 20th centuries master typographers, Jan van Krimpen. Jan van … Continue reading Odyssey and Iliad, by Homer, Limited Editions Club (1931)

A Look at Shanty Bay Press

{Ed. Note: Thank you to Walter Bachinski and Janis Butler for their many replies with information and pictures. Also to Crispin Elsted for his many comments, and to Eyal Reingold and Elizabeth Bosman for their comments. Lastly, putting this article together shows me, yet again, how invaluable a resource ‘Parenthesis’ is, so please support FPBA and subscribe  to ‘Parenthesis’!} Shanty Bay Press is a private … Continue reading A Look at Shanty Bay Press

The Iliad and Odyssey, by Homer, Chester River Press

One of my favorite acquisitions in 2011 was a beautiful edition of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, by Chester River Press. I had not been familiar with Chester River’s work prior to this, but this work instantly catapulted them into the ‘must watch’ category. Soon after picking up Heart of Darkness, I became aware that they had also recently published Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. Unlike Heart of Darkness, the … Continue reading The Iliad and Odyssey, by Homer, Chester River Press

Meditations on Wine, with Thoughts by Great Authors

{ed note, this is a re-print of an article I wrote for a former blog} I often get asked why I have such a deep fascination for wine (as if collecting 1,500+ bottles represents some sort of problem!).  I can understand some bewilderment if one thinks of wine as a drink, something akin to soda, beer or a martini.   But wine’s allure does not come … Continue reading Meditations on Wine, with Thoughts by Great Authors