Youth, Typhoon and The End of the Tether, by Joseph Conrad, Designed and Printed by Ward Ritchie for the Limited Editions Club (1972)

In January of 2014 Books and Vines highlighted one of the greatest of all books from Lewis and Dorothy Allen, Youth by Joseph Conrad.  The Limited Editions Club (LEC) also published this great Conrad short story as part of their 1972 edition Youth, Typhoon and The End of the Tether. Though published in what I refer to as the ‘dark period’ of the LEC (post-Macy, pre-Shiff), the LEC … Continue reading Youth, Typhoon and The End of the Tether, by Joseph Conrad, Designed and Printed by Ward Ritchie for the Limited Editions Club (1972)

Youth, by Joseph Conrad, Allen Press (1959)

The twenty-second publication from the Allen Press is, to my eye, the greatest of their many great works. Just back from their two years of typographic study and printing in France, Lewis and Dorothy Allen embarked on what was to be a period of tremendous work on a series of folio sized publications, of which Youth, from Joseph Conrad, is the first. The Allens’ interest in … Continue reading Youth, by Joseph Conrad, Allen Press (1959)

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

Nostromo, by Joseph Conrad, Limited Editions Club, 1961

Nostromo, published in 1904, is considered one of the great English novels of the twentieth century.  It was written by one of the truly preeminent novelists in English, Joseph Conrad.  Set in the fictional mining town of Sulaco, in the imaginary country of Costaguana, Nostromo is much more character driven then other Conrad novels. Señor Gould and the “incorruptible” Nostromo are the main characters in the revolutionary time in … Continue reading Nostromo, by Joseph Conrad, Limited Editions Club, 1961

Allen Press, of Lewis and Dorothy Allen

{Ed Note:  The following article is another contribution by reader DlphcOracl. Initially written as a comment to a previous post concerning Foolscap Press, DlphcOracl was kind enough to expand on that with photographs and colophon information.  The photos sent to me had spectacular resolution; hopefully the quality still comes through the importing, compression and posting process.} {Ed Note II, 9/22/2011:  Information and photographs of Edgar Allan … Continue reading Allen Press, of Lewis and Dorothy Allen

Heart of Darkness, Chester River Press/Deep Wood Press

I was lucky enough to recently receive Chester River Press’s edition of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, printed by Deep Wood Press. I am not sure of how many synonyms I can find for “wow”, so I will just stick to one big WOW!  That was my reaction when I opened the box, my reaction when I saw the binding and my reaction when I … Continue reading Heart of Darkness, Chester River Press/Deep Wood Press