Books & Vines Re-Launch: Private/Fine Press News for 2019

After a two year hiatus, I would like to welcome you to a re-launched Books and Vines. Plenty of articles are in the works for the coming months to highlight recent release private/fine press publications while continuing our march through some of the greatest works in private press history (see the ‘Upcoming Reviews’ section for details). Look for the first review article in the coming … Continue reading Books & Vines Re-Launch: Private/Fine Press News for 2019

A Modest Proposal, by Jonathan Swift, The Officina Athelstane (2016)

Jonathan Swift (1667–1745) has a well deserved place as one of the greatest prose satirists of all time, if not the greatest. His A Modest Proposal, in which he advocates that Ireland’s dire economic situation be solved by the poor selling their children as food for the rich, is simply astonishing in its powerful irony. His matter of fact description of the starving poor, followed by his stating “A young healthy child … Continue reading A Modest Proposal, by Jonathan Swift, The Officina Athelstane (2016)

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!

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 Great Illustrated Private Press Books, Part I – The Cresset Press Gulliver’s Travels (1930), Illustrations by Rex Whistler

{Ed. Note: This is the first of what will be an on-going series looking at the greatest of all private press illustrated books of the last 120+ years. This article is provided by Books and Vines contributor Dlphcoracl.} There are several reasons for collecting and reading private press books.  First and foremost, the best of them are works of usable art which contribute greatly to … Continue reading The Great Illustrated Private Press Books, Part I – The Cresset Press Gulliver’s Travels (1930), Illustrations by Rex Whistler

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

{Ed. Note: This first ran last holiday season, though it has been updated with current information and the latest news from fine press publishers.} As the holiday’s quickly approach, it is time to remind all Books and Vines readers about the importance of doing all we can to support those who create and sell the finely done private press books we all admire. In a world awash … Continue reading It’s the Holidays — Support the Fine Press Eco-System!

Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift, Folio Society Limited Edition

{Ed. Note:  Pictures and colophon information thanks to LibraryThing user Virion.} One of the more recent limited editions (published November 2011) to come from Folio Society (FS) is Jonathan Swift’s masterpiece, Gulliver’s Travels. The limited editions (LE) from FS always seem to cause excitement when announced, and it is easy to see why when you look at the effort that goes into them and the pretty … Continue reading Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift, Folio Society Limited Edition