It’s the 2016 Holidays — Support the Private and Fine Press Eco-System!

{Ed. Note: This is an annual article encouraging all Books and Vines readers to keep private and fine press publishers and re-sellers in mind this holiday season as your source for unique, classy and meaningful gifts. The article has been updated with current information and the latest news from private and fine press publishers, while I sheepishly admit lifting the introduction from the holiday article of last year. … Continue reading It’s the 2016 Holidays — Support the Private and Fine Press Eco-System!

A Tribute to Cavafy, by Constantine P. Cavafy, Limited Editions Club (2003)

Constantine P. Cavafy (1863-1933) is generally considered to be the greatest Greek poet of modern times and one of the most influential poets of the previous century. As stated in the Limited Editions Club (LEC) prospectus for their 2003 edition of A Tribute to Cavafy: Greek poetry did not die 2,500 years ago with Sappho, Pindar, and Theocritus. For Greek poetry was reborn in the mid-twentieth century … Continue reading A Tribute to Cavafy, by Constantine P. Cavafy, Limited Editions Club (2003)

It’s the Holidays — Support the Private and Fine Press Eco-System!

{Ed. Note: This is an annual article encouraging all Books and Vines readers to keep private and fine press publishers and re-sellers in mind this holiday season to be your source for unique, classy and meaningful gifts. The article has been updated with current information and the latest news from private and fine press publishers. Please pass this link on to everyone you know, the more that … Continue reading It’s the Holidays — Support the Private and Fine Press Eco-System!

The Man Who Planted Trees, Jean Giono, Limited Editions Club (1995)

Jean Giono (1895 – 1970) was a prolific French writer whose best-known work outside of France is the short story The Man who Planted Trees (1953, fr. L’homme qui plantait des arbres), an edition of which is reviewed here.  His early work, including the “Pan Trilogy” made up of Hill of Destiny (1929, Fr. Colline), Lovers are Never Losers (1929, Fr. Un de Baumugnes) and Harvest (1930, Fr. Regain), showed … Continue reading The Man Who Planted Trees, Jean Giono, Limited Editions Club (1995)

The White Spider, by Heinrich Harrer, Limited Editions Club (1996)

The north face of the Eiger in the Bernese Alps presents a mightily treacherous challenge to the most experienced of mountain climbers. While ‘only’ rising 13,041 feet, there is a 6,000 foot nearly vertical pyramid of rock and ice (containing an ice-field known as ‘The White Spider’) which, together with frequent and sudden thunderstorms, blizzards and avalanches, make this one of the most perilous and difficult of … Continue reading The White Spider, by Heinrich Harrer, Limited Editions Club (1996)

Dubliners, by James Joyce, Limited Editions Club (1986)

The Irish novelist/poet James Joyce (1882-1941) is considered one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. Joyce is nearly synonymous with avant-garde modernism and his use of stream of consciousness technique can lay some claim to revolutionizing the novel. Many consider his novel Ulysses (1922) the masterwork of the modernist movement (Modern Library ranked Ulysses first on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of … Continue reading Dubliners, by James Joyce, Limited Editions Club (1986)

A Look at a Mix of Later Publications from the Limited Editions Club, Part 4

{Ed. Note: This is part 4 (the final part) of a series looking at a mix of Limited Edition Club (LEC) publications from the Shiff-era; an era in which the book form was elevated to an art in itself, publishing editions with no expense spared. See here for part 1, here for part 2 and here for part 3. There will be a few more Shiff era books reviewed … Continue reading A Look at a Mix of Later Publications from the Limited Editions Club, Part 4