Dombey and Son, by Charles Dickens, Limited Editions Club (1957)

Dealings with the Firm of Dombey and Son: Wholesale, Retail and for Exportation is a perfect reflection of what makes Charles Dickens the giant of literature that he is. By no means is Dombey and Son his greatest work, nor his least. It was his eleventh novel of twenty, which coincidentally is probably about where it falls in terms of enjoyment and critically. Despite being ‘middling’ … Continue reading Dombey and Son, by Charles Dickens, Limited Editions Club (1957)

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)

North of Boston, by Robert Frost, Ascensius Press (2014)

Robert Frost (1874–1963) was one of the most popular and respected American poets of the twentieth century. He wrote frequently of rural life, and his writing reflected a very natural manner of speech to fellow Americans.  North of Boston was Frost’s second book, published in 1914. It includes a number of poems that remain among his most famous, such as Mending Wall, The Death of the Hired Man, Home Burial, The … Continue reading North of Boston, by Robert Frost, Ascensius Press (2014)

Ecclesiastes or, The Preacher, King James Translation, The Spiral Press (1965); Also, The Thistle Press (1968)

Joseph Blumenthal was one of the great fine press personages of the twentieth century in America. His Spiral Press did important work for a large number of clients such as Robert Frost and President Franklin Roosevelt, publishing houses such as Henry Holt & Co. and Random House, as well as for The Limited Editions Club (LEC) of George Macy. Readers of Books and Vines are likely well familiar … Continue reading Ecclesiastes or, The Preacher, King James Translation, The Spiral Press (1965); Also, The Thistle Press (1968)

A Review of Sister Carrie, Theodore Dreiser, Limited Editions Club

I just love when I am pleasantly surprised in reading a novel in which I had marginal expectations. For whatever reason (should I claim ignorance?), I have never read Theodore Dreiser, and I am not even sure what caused me to starting reading Sister Carrie other than guilt for having an opinion without actually having a true right to have such opinion!. I like the … Continue reading A Review of Sister Carrie, Theodore Dreiser, Limited Editions Club

A Review of Hard Times, by Charles Dickens, Limited Editions Club

Continuing my quest to get through some of the least read novels of Charles Dickens (1812-1870), I used some airplane time during the past week to get through Hard Times, For These Times. This is the tenth novel of Charles Dickens, and was first published in 1854.  Similar to my opinion of Barnaby Rudge, reviewed a few weeks back, I can understand why this is not one of the more popular Dickens … Continue reading A Review of Hard Times, by Charles Dickens, Limited Editions Club