Hard High-Country Poems, by Michelangelo, Peter Koch Printers (2015), & Michelangelo: Sonnets, Allen Press (1991)

{Ed. Note: Thank you to Peter Koch and Robert Bringhurst for assisting me by pointing out some embarrassing type-o’s and other items needing correction. I have always remarked that the editor of Books and Vines better never leave his day job!} Michelangelo (1475-1564, full name Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni) is synonymous with the High Renaissance and Mannerism.  His influence on Western Art is beyond measurement. In … Continue reading Hard High-Country Poems, by Michelangelo, Peter Koch Printers (2015), & Michelangelo: Sonnets, Allen Press (1991)

Across the Plains, by Robert Louis Stevenson, Allen Press (1950)

Across the Plains is the second of three travel books from Robert Louis Stevenson describing his travel to and across America in 1879-1880. While the first work in this travel memoir trilogy, The Amateur Emigrant, focuses on his journey by ship from Europe to New York City, Across the Plains begins with Stevenson’s arriving in New York City and goes on to describe his train journey, filled with fellow immigrants, from New York … Continue reading Across the Plains, by Robert Louis Stevenson, Allen Press (1950)

Rappaccini’s Daughter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Allen Press (1991)

{Ed. Note: Updated on June 16, 2016 after amore careful review based on comments from a Books and Vines reader.} It is amazing that after 51 years of publishing fine books, Lewis and Dorothy Allen still had it within them to publish, as their 56th publication, Rappaccini’s Daughter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Along with two final books published after this one (Michelangelo: His Sonnets, and The Life … Continue reading Rappaccini’s Daughter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Allen Press (1991)

The Fall, by Albert Camus, Allen Press (1966)

Albert Camus (1913-1960) was an extremely influential French writer and philosopher. His exploration of the absurd — the conflict between the human need for meaning in life and our general inability to find any — was especially important. His conclusion was essentially that we have no choice but to live with the reality of death and the absurd. This is especially explored in his The Myth of Sisyphus as well as in The Stranger. He … Continue reading The Fall, by Albert Camus, Allen Press (1966)

The L&D Allen Press Bibliography

{Ed. Note: Books and Vines contributor DlphcOracl introduced many of you to Allen Press in this article published last year. Much of that article is republished here to add historical context to the complete bibliography provided below. Information for the bibliography was provided by DlphcOracl, along with some information taken from here.} Readers of Books and Vines know that the L&D Allen Press is one of the … Continue reading The L&D Allen Press Bibliography

The Oresteian Trilogy, by Aeschylus, The Allen Press (1982)

The Lewis and Dorothy Allen Press was, in a word, awesome. Always producing books entirely by hand, the output of their labors is always a wonder to behold. Take for instance their 1982 publication of The Oresteian Trilogy by Aeschylus. It certainly has to be one of the most beautiful editions of this classic ever done. Classically designed with Greek-letter calligraphy and Greek decorations hand-set … Continue reading The Oresteian Trilogy, by Aeschylus, The Allen Press (1982)

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