Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, Pennyroyal Press (1983)

Barry Moser‘s Pennyroyal Press has produced scores of books since 1970, the most elaborate and well known of which include 5 amazingly designed and executed folio sized works all produced in the early to mid-1980’s.  This amazing set of folio’s began with the 1982 publications of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland (reviewed on Books and Vines here) and Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass and what Alice Found There, and ended in 1985 … Continue reading Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, Pennyroyal Press (1983)

The Ocean Wave, by Ambrose Bierce, The Press of Robert LoMascolo (2011)

The great American short story writer/satirist Ambrose Bierce (1842–~1914) has only been highlighted once to date in Books and Vines, a travesty I have long been wanting to address.  His contemporaries considered him a virtuoso of the English language and his work was very popular. His An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge is considered one of the greatest of American short stories, and the collection it is contained within, Tales of … Continue reading The Ocean Wave, by Ambrose Bierce, The Press of Robert LoMascolo (2011)

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, Pennyroyal Press (1982)

A number of comments concerning the recently reviewed ‘original ‘Alice’ Limited Editions Club (LEC) version of Alice in Wonderland mentioned the great Pennyroyal Press edition of Alice, and so…here it is. ‘Great’ may be an over-used descriptor, especially coming from someone like myself who tends to effusively praise fine press books. However, the Pennyroyal Alice is certainly one case where ‘great’ is an understatement. What you … Continue reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, Pennyroyal Press (1982)

The Play of Pericles Prince of Tyre, by William Shakespeare, Barbarian Press (2009)

{Ed. Note: This is a reprint of an article published in September 2011, though updated with new photographs. This edition remains one of my favorite all-time fine press works. You really have to see it and feel it to understand the height it reaches! It is a tactile tour-de-force.} Barbarian Press’s publication of William Shakespeare‘s The Play of Pericles Prince of Tyre, is one of the … Continue reading The Play of Pericles Prince of Tyre, by William Shakespeare, Barbarian Press (2009)

Affordable Treasures and Pleasures #4: ‘Clear Sky, Pure Light: Encounters with Henry David Thoreau’, The Penmaen Press (1978)

{Ed. Note: This is the 4th installment of the Books & Vines Affordable Treasures and Pleasures series which looks at nicely done and affordable fine press books.  For this installment, Books and Vines contributor DlphcOracl presents ‘Clear Sky, Pure Light:  Encounters with Henry David Thoreau’, compiled and edited by Christopher Childs, with an introduction by Walter Harding and wood engravings by Michael McCurdy.} Are you tired of visiting … Continue reading Affordable Treasures and Pleasures #4: ‘Clear Sky, Pure Light: Encounters with Henry David Thoreau’, The Penmaen Press (1978)

The White Spider, by Heinrich Harrer, Limited Editions Club (1996)

The north face of the Eiger in the Bernese Alps presents a mightily treacherous challenge to the most experienced of mountain climbers. While ‘only’ rising 13,041 feet, there is a 6,000 foot nearly vertical pyramid of rock and ice (containing an ice-field known as ‘The White Spider’) which, together with frequent and sudden thunderstorms, blizzards and avalanches, make this one of the most perilous and difficult of … Continue reading The White Spider, by Heinrich Harrer, Limited Editions Club (1996)

Paris France, by Gertrude Stein, Yolla Bolly Press (1999)

Paris France is a memoir of Gertrude Stein‘s life in France between the world wars. While Stein’s work can sometimes be nearly unreadable for those used to more standard fare, Carolyn and James Robertson, the proprietors of Yolla Bolly Press, found this work “eminently readable — humorous, poignant, and remarkably insightful.” In their letter announcing the publication of this work, the Robertson’s wrote: The automatic writing for which Stein is … Continue reading Paris France, by Gertrude Stein, Yolla Bolly Press (1999)