It’s the 2016 Holidays — Support the Private and Fine Press Eco-System!

{Ed. Note: This is an annual article encouraging all Books and Vines readers to keep private and fine press publishers and re-sellers in mind this holiday season as your source for unique, classy and meaningful gifts. The article has been updated with current information and the latest news from private and fine press publishers, while I sheepishly admit lifting the introduction from the holiday article of last year. … Continue reading It’s the 2016 Holidays — Support the Private and Fine Press Eco-System!

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)

It’s the Holidays — Support the Private and Fine Press Eco-System!

{Ed. Note: This is an annual article encouraging all Books and Vines readers to keep private and fine press publishers and re-sellers in mind this holiday season to be your source for unique, classy and meaningful gifts. The article has been updated with current information and the latest news from private and fine press publishers. Please pass this link on to everyone you know, the more that … Continue reading It’s the Holidays — Support the Private and Fine Press Eco-System!

The Eve of Saint Agnes, by John Keats, Barbarian Press (2003)

For a man that lived for just a bit more than 25 years, John Keats (1795-1821) has become one of the most influential and popular English poets of all-time.  Together with Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron, Keats brought the English Romantic movement to its peak. He remains one of the most read of all English poets, despite having only written poetry for six years, none of which resulting in sales … Continue reading The Eve of Saint Agnes, by John Keats, Barbarian Press (2003)

The Man Who Planted Trees, Jean Giono, Limited Editions Club (1995)

Jean Giono (1895 – 1970) was a prolific French writer whose best-known work outside of France is the short story The Man who Planted Trees (1953, fr. L’homme qui plantait des arbres), an edition of which is reviewed here.  His early work, including the “Pan Trilogy” made up of Hill of Destiny (1929, Fr. Colline), Lovers are Never Losers (1929, Fr. Un de Baumugnes) and Harvest (1930, Fr. Regain), showed … Continue reading The Man Who Planted Trees, Jean Giono, Limited Editions Club (1995)

Letter from Birmingham City Jail, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Limited Editions Club

Letter from Birmingham City Jail is the next to last book published by the Limited Editions Club (LEC), book #588 (hopefully, someday, more will follow).  As stated in the LEC prospectus for this publication, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote this, one of America’s most important and eloquent documents, from the misery and privation of his Birmingham jail cell. The letter was originally written on April … Continue reading Letter from Birmingham City Jail, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Limited Editions Club

Cosi fan Tutte, by Lorenzo da Ponte, Music by Mozart, Illustrations by Balthus, Limited Editions Club

In my continuing series looking at the fantastic livre d’artiste publications of the Limited Editions Club (LEC), I next look at Cosi fan Tutte, an opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) first performed in 1790. The libretto was written by Lorenzo Da Ponte (1749-1848). The LEC edition was illustrated by Balthus. Così fan tutte essentially means “women are like that.” Like one would expect to … Continue reading Cosi fan Tutte, by Lorenzo da Ponte, Music by Mozart, Illustrations by Balthus, Limited Editions Club