A Review of Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe, Limited Editions Club (1966) and Golden Hours Press (1932) editions

{Ed. Note: This is a re-publication of an article first published on Books and Vines on August 25, 2011, though now includes information and pictures of the 1932 Golden Hours Press edition of The Tragicall History of Doctor Faustus that was published by Christopher Sandford (he of The Golden Cockerel Press).   It makes a nice comparison with the Limited Editions Club (LEC) edition highlighted in this … Continue reading A Review of Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe, Limited Editions Club (1966) and Golden Hours Press (1932) editions

A Child’s Garden of Verses, Robert Louis Stevenson, Limited Editions Club

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) is one of history’s greatest writers whose works are amongst the most read in the world today.  While in the intellectual craziness of the twentieth century his literary reputation waned, works such as Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde ensured that sanity would  prevail and Stevenson would again be critically recognized for his immense contribution … Continue reading A Child’s Garden of Verses, Robert Louis Stevenson, Limited Editions Club

A Review of Erewhon, by Samuel Butler, Limited Editions Club

Erewhon is a classic of utopian/dystopian literature, by Samuel Butler, first published anonymously in 1872. Written as a satire of Victorian society, Erewhon (meant as an anagram of nowhere) is the name of the fictional country discovered by the protagonist of the novel.  Butler’s satire and philosophical inquiry is broad, covering religion, evolution, treatment of criminals, dealing with the ill, parenting and anthropocentrism. The brunt of the … Continue reading A Review of Erewhon, by Samuel Butler, Limited Editions Club

The Natural History of Selborne, First Edition along with Limited Editions Club Edition

Wandering around By the Book, in Phoenix, Arizona, I was thrilled to see a signed first edition copy of Gilbert White’s (1720-1793) The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne from 1789. Since the initial publication, this classic has never been out of print, with over 300 editions being published since it first arrived on the scene.  It is one of the most frequently published books in … Continue reading The Natural History of Selborne, First Edition along with Limited Editions Club Edition

Nohow On, by Samuel Beckett, Limited Editions Club

During my latest visit to Book Gallery in Phoenix, I noticed they had a beautiful Limited Editions Club 1989 edition of Samuel Beckett’s Nohow On. While I myself do not have interest in it, I thought I would snap some photo’s of the book for your edification.  The book itself is very nicely put together with a luxurious feel inside and out. I will confess to never having … Continue reading Nohow On, by Samuel Beckett, Limited Editions Club

A Review of Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe, Limited Editions Club

One of the most pondered thought experiments in the history of literature is just how great Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) would have been had he not been killed at the young age of 29. Marlowe wrote six plays and a couple poems, the style of which transformed literature and remains monumentally influential to this day. Marlowe was the first English author to fully use blank verse (poetry written … Continue reading A Review of Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe, Limited Editions Club

Hiroshima, Limited Editions Club

Certainly one of the most beautiful books in my collection is the 1983 edition of Hiroshima by the Limited Editions Club (LEC).  Designed by Ben Shiff, the book is absolutely the pinnacle of modern book making.  From the second one sees and feels the jet black, softer than soft, aniline leather cover, to when one soaks in the vivacity of the silkscreens and the almost … Continue reading Hiroshima, Limited Editions Club