Sight and Touch, by Octavio Paz, Illustrated by Balthus, Limited Editions Club, 1995

{Ed. Note: Books and Vines provided a quick review of Sight and Touch, from the Limited Editions Club (LEC), after an October 2011 visit to LEC’s Jeanne Shiff in New York City.  Now that I have Sight and Touch in my own hands, and have a better camera, I am re-posting an updated review with better pictures and additional comments. Remember that you can click on the … Continue reading Sight and Touch, by Octavio Paz, Illustrated by Balthus, Limited Editions Club, 1995

Bookmarks in the Pages of Life, by Zora Neale Hurston, Limited Editions Club, 2000

Bookmarks in the Pages of Life contains six stories from Zora Hurston, taking place from the time of slavery to 1930’s and 1940’s Harlem and small-town Florida and range from courtroom drama to misadventure and comedy. Zora Neale Hurston (1891 – 1960) was an American author considered one of the pre-eminent writers of twentieth-century African-American literature. She is best known for her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. Much of … Continue reading Bookmarks in the Pages of Life, by Zora Neale Hurston, Limited Editions Club, 2000

Cathay, Poems After Li Po, by Ezra Pound, Limited Editions Club

One of the more interesting selections of the Limited Editions Club (LEC) in its later years was the publication of Cathay, Poems After Li Po, by Ezra Pound.  Pound is extremely controversial (as you will read about below), so this was clearly a case of valuing the art despite the artist. There is no questioning the literary merits of this work. Though Pound knew no … Continue reading Cathay, Poems After Li Po, by Ezra Pound, Limited Editions Club

Genesis, Illustrated by Jacob Lawrence, Limited Editions Club

One of the most sought after, valuable and expensive productions of the Limited Editions Club is their 1989 edition of Genesis.  The scale of the book is enormous, which does not come through completely in the pictures below.  In hand, the book is stunning, with beautiful paper, text and illustrations that blend into a coherent whole. When standing in front of it, I found myself staring … Continue reading Genesis, Illustrated by Jacob Lawrence, Limited Editions Club

My Sister Life, by Boris Pasternak, Limited Editions Club

Boris Pasternak (1890-1960) is one of the greatest Russian writers in history. His work titled My Sister Life, written in 1917 and first published in 1921, substantially revolutionized the course of Russian poetry, and remains one of the most influential Russian anthologies ever written.  Besides My Sister Life, Pasternak’s translation of the works of Shakespeare remains very popular in Russia and he is also known for translations … Continue reading My Sister Life, by Boris Pasternak, Limited Editions Club

Sight and Touch, Octavio Paz, Limited Editions Club

{Ed Note 10/14/2011:  I forgot to mention below, Mrs. Shiff does have Sight and Touch still available to order.  Please contact her at 212-737-7600 or 800-701-8870 to inquire about price and to order, if interested.} I was able to spend a wonderful afternoon last week with Jeanne Shiff, the owner of the Limited Editions Club (LEC).  It was a fun and enlightening visit, and I was … Continue reading Sight and Touch, Octavio Paz, Limited Editions Club