Great Illustrated Private Press Books, Part VII – The Four Gospels, Golden Cockerel Press (1931)

{Ed. Note: This is part VII of an on-going series by dlphcoracl looking at the greatest illustrated private/fine press books of all time. See Part I, II, III, IV, V and VI for the previous articles.} The Four Gospels is one of a trilogy of works illustrated with wood engravings by Eric Gill for the Golden Cockerel Press (GCP), including The Canterbury Tales and Troilus … Continue reading Great Illustrated Private Press Books, Part VII – The Four Gospels, Golden Cockerel Press (1931)

A look at Simon Lawrence’s The Fleece Press

{Ed. Note: A few weeks back Books and Vines reviewed Leon Underwood: His Wood Engravings from the The Fleece Press. This article, from Books and Vines contributor Neil, provides a broader overview of the The Fleece Press by looking at a wider range of what they have published.} The Fleece Press, in Upper Denby near Huddersfield, England, is the imprint of Simon Lawrence. He is particularly well known for printing wood-engravings ‘from … Continue reading A look at Simon Lawrence’s The Fleece Press

The Apocrypha, Cresset Press (1929)

{This article is from Books and Vines contributor Neil.} The Apocrypha (from the Greek word meaning ‘hidden’/’hidden away’/’obscure’) are those books of the Bible that are not regarded by some as canonical, but are usually included anyway as they are viewed as ‘books proceeding from godly men’.  They were found in early manuscripts and early printed editions as part of the Old Testament and were first published as a separate … Continue reading The Apocrypha, Cresset Press (1929)

The Shepheardes Calender by Edmund Spenser, Illustrations by John Nash, Printed by George W. Jones, Published by The Cresset Press in 1930

{Ed. Note: This fine article is from Books and Vines contributor Neil. The Shepheardes Calender  by Edmund Spenser, published by The Cresset Press in 1930, printed by George W. Jones and illustrated by John Nash with pochoir stencilling from the Curwen Press.} Edmund Spenser (1552-1599) was an English poet best known for his epic allegorical poem The Fairie Queene. He was born in London and attended the Merchant Taylors’ School … Continue reading The Shepheardes Calender by Edmund Spenser, Illustrations by John Nash, Printed by George W. Jones, Published by The Cresset Press in 1930

The Natural History of Selborne, First Edition along with Limited Editions Club Edition

Wandering around By the Book, in Phoenix, Arizona, I was thrilled to see a signed first edition copy of Gilbert White’s (1720-1793) The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne from 1789. Since the initial publication, this classic has never been out of print, with over 300 editions being published since it first arrived on the scene.  It is one of the most frequently published books in … Continue reading The Natural History of Selborne, First Edition along with Limited Editions Club Edition