The Artistry of Elfriede Abbe

{Ed. Note: This article is from Books and Vines contributor Dlphcoracl. Those interested in Elfriede Abbe‘s outstanding artwork should contact Elaine Beckwith Gallery who represents her estate.} Elfriede Abbe, who died in 2012 at the age of 93 years of age, was a multi-faceted artist (her obituary is here). Unfortunately for private press book collectors, her books were a relatively small part of her output and her life. … Continue reading The Artistry of Elfriede Abbe

Affordable Treasures and Pleasures #5 – The Folio Press Fine Editions (1987 – 1991)

{Ed.Note: This article is from Books and Vines contributor DlphcOracl.} Although The Folio Society (FS) has sporadically published special editions over their long history, their current serious and sustained foray into fine press and letterpress editions began with the introduction of their Letterpress Shakespeare series in 2006.  Their stated aim was admirable: “To design an edition so pure, so simple, that the beauty of the text could … Continue reading Affordable Treasures and Pleasures #5 – The Folio Press Fine Editions (1987 – 1991)

Four Poems by John Milton, Wood-engravings by Blair Hughes-Stanton, The Gregynog Press 1933

{Ed. Note: This is another excellent article from Books and Vines contributor Neil. Four Poems by John Milton, wood-engravings by Blair Hughes-Stanton, The Gregynog Press 1933.} John Milton (1608-1674) was born at Bread Street, London and attended St. Paul’s school before spending seven years at Christ’s College, Cambridge.  His next six years were spent at Horton in ‘studious leisure’ as preparation for his life’s work as a poet … Continue reading Four Poems by John Milton, Wood-engravings by Blair Hughes-Stanton, The Gregynog Press 1933

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)