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)

Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, Allen Press (1988) and Limited Editions Club (1940)

{Ed. Note: Updated on 1/12/2015 with pictures of the Allen Press Deluxe edition, thanks to Jen Lindsay who was the binder for these special editions.} Romeo and Juliet is, along with Hamlet, the most well known and performed of William Shakespeare‘s plays. Its tragic plot and theme of young love struggling against fate and/or chance is woven into the minds of anyone with even a basic level of familiarization … Continue reading Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, Allen Press (1988) and Limited Editions Club (1940)

The Poeticon Astronomicon, by Gaius Hyginus, The Allen Press (1985)

{Ed. Note: This is an article from Books and Vines contributor DlphcOracl, who originally introduced us to the wonders of The Allen Press. As a book collector, amateur astronomer and history buff, this book from the L&D Allen Press is amazing!}. From prior numerous prior articles readers of Books and Vines should now have a passing familiarity with the L&D Allen Press.  The Allen Press was … Continue reading The Poeticon Astronomicon, by Gaius Hyginus, The Allen Press (1985)

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)