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)

A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens – Hand & Eye Editions (2015), Incline Press (2005), Arion Press (1993), Barbarian Press (1984), Grabhorn Press (1950), Limited Editions Club (1934), The Roycroft Shop (1902)

{Ed. Note: This is likely the last posting for a couple/few weeks. Have a Merry Christmas. And remember, it is not too late to support the private press eco-system.} Is there any book more appreciated during the Christmas season than A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens? It has been read by millions with a story line known by just about everyone. It has been made into more film … Continue reading A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens – Hand & Eye Editions (2015), Incline Press (2005), Arion Press (1993), Barbarian Press (1984), Grabhorn Press (1950), Limited Editions Club (1934), The Roycroft Shop (1902)

The Splendid Idle Forties: Stories of Old California, by Gertrude Atherton, Allen Press (1960)

Gertrude Atherton (1857 – 1948) was an American author best known for her novels set in her home state of California. She was a prolific writer of short stories and articles, in addition to her novels. Her best-known works are Black Oxen (1923) and the short story collection titled The Splendid Idle Forties (1902). She also attained critical success in the non-fiction realm with The Conqueror (1902), a biography of Alexander Hamilton. Atherton was often … Continue reading The Splendid Idle Forties: Stories of Old California, by Gertrude Atherton, Allen Press (1960)

Dialogue of the Dogs, by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Foolscap Press (2012); also The Allen Press (1969)

{Ed.Note: The original and main article is on the 2012 edition of Dialogue of the Dogs from The Foolscap Press. As of 8/17/2012, thanks to Books and Vines contributor DlphcOracl, pictures of the classic 1969 edition from The L&D Allen Press are now also included at the bottom of the post.} Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) is best known for his Don Quixote, generally considered the first … Continue reading Dialogue of the Dogs, by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Foolscap Press (2012); also The Allen Press (1969)

What Men Live By, by Leo Tolstoy, L&D Allen Press, 1951

Each time I am able to get my hands on an L&D Allen Press book, I become more and more impressed with their accomplishments. For nearly forty years, they published beautiful fine press books, all letterpress with hand made paper and hand bound.  Besides some stunning folio size works, their smaller size works leave little to be desired. For example, their edition of Leo Tolstoy’s … Continue reading What Men Live By, by Leo Tolstoy, L&D Allen Press, 1951