‘Sleep’ by Haruki Murakami, Kat Ran Press (2004)

{Ed. Note: This is a guest article from Simon Patterson. Mr. Patterson is the proprietor of Hyraxia Books.} “Sleep” was originally published in the New Yorker and recently adapted for the stage by Complicite, the London-based theater group, and the Setagaya Public Theater of Japan. Considered by many to be Japan’s most popular and influential author, Haruki Murakami tells the story of a woman who ignores conventional … Continue reading ‘Sleep’ by Haruki Murakami, Kat Ran Press (2004)

The Book of Sand, by Jorge Luis Borges, Nawakum Press (2013)

The Book of Sand, by Jorge Luis Borges, was first published in 1975 as part of his last major collection of the same name. In this work, Borges introduces us to a retired librarian (a fictionalized version of himself) who takes possession of an infinite and diabolical book (‘The Book of Sand’) which transfixes him to the point where he must abandon the book for the sake … Continue reading The Book of Sand, by Jorge Luis Borges, Nawakum Press (2013)

A Look at a Mix of Later Publications from the Limited Editions Club, Part 4

{Ed. Note: This is part 4 (the final part) of a series looking at a mix of Limited Edition Club (LEC) publications from the Shiff-era; an era in which the book form was elevated to an art in itself, publishing editions with no expense spared. See here for part 1, here for part 2 and here for part 3. There will be a few more Shiff era books reviewed … Continue reading A Look at a Mix of Later Publications from the Limited Editions Club, Part 4

A Look at a Mix of Later Publications from the Limited Editions Club, Part 3

{Ed. Note: This is part 3 of a series looking at a mix of Limited Edition Club (LEC) publications from the Shiff-era; an era in which the book form was elevated to an art in itself, publishing editions with no expense spared. See here for part 1 and here for part 2.} Part two of this series on Shiff-era LEC’s focused on highlighting great works by African-American … Continue reading A Look at a Mix of Later Publications from the Limited Editions Club, Part 3

A Look at a Mix of Later Publications from the Limited Editions Club, Part 2

{Ed. Note: This is part 2 of a series looking at a mix of Limited Edition Club publications from the Shiff-era; an era in which the book form was elevated to an art in itself, publishing editions with no expense spared.  See here for part 1.} One wonderful aspect of the Shiff-era Limited Edition Club (LEC) publications is the focus  put on important works of … Continue reading A Look at a Mix of Later Publications from the Limited Editions Club, Part 2

A Look at a Mix of Later Publications from the Limited Editions Club, Part 1

As long time readers of Books and Vines know, I had a chance to spend an afternoon with Jeannie Shiff at the Limited Editions Club office in October 2011. While I have since posted reviews of many of the LEC’s of the Shiff era, I must admit that there are a large number that I have been very deficient in getting around to posting. I … Continue reading A Look at a Mix of Later Publications from the Limited Editions Club, Part 1

The Tale of the Wandering Monk, Kyōka Izumi, illustrations by Setsuko, Limited Editions Club, 1995

Simply put, you are about to see a beautiful book.  Classically designed, stunning illustrations, hand-made Japanese paper, traditional hand binding, etc.  The ‘make-up’ of this book is an excellent example of what can be done at the pinnacle of fine press book-making. The Tale of the Wandering Monk (from Koya Hijiri, or Saint of Mt. Koya), Kyōka Izumi’s most acclaimed work, is a tale about … Continue reading The Tale of the Wandering Monk, Kyōka Izumi, illustrations by Setsuko, Limited Editions Club, 1995