The Man Who Planted Trees, by Jean Giono with Photogravures by Martine Franck, Limited Editions Club

The Man Who Planted Trees (L’homme qui plantait des arbres) is an allegorical tale of a shepherd’s extensive effort to  single-handedly cultivate a forest in an abandoned and desolate valley in the foothills of the Alps near Provence. The anonymous narrator is hiking in 1910 and gets lost, runs out of water, and is saved by a shepherd.  The shepherd tells him about his quest. The narrator leaves to go home, … Continue reading The Man Who Planted Trees, by Jean Giono with Photogravures by Martine Franck, Limited Editions Club

The Sonnets to Orpheus, by Rainer Maria Rilke, Limited Editions Club

Among what I consider the three most stunning books from my recent visit to Jeanne Shiff of the Limited Editions Club (LEC) is their 1997 edition of The Sonnets to Orpheus, by Rainer Maria Rilke.  Like the recently reviewed Sight and Touch, this LEC is simply at the pinnacle when it comes to the design and crafting of fine press books. Everything from the look and feel … Continue reading The Sonnets to Orpheus, by Rainer Maria Rilke, Limited Editions Club

Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte, Limited Editions Club

{Ed. Note: LEC has a couple of these in stock in new condition.  Contact Jeanne Shiff at 212-737-7600 or 800-701-8870 if interested.} Certainly one of the most beautiful and sought after works of the Limited Editions Club (LEC) is their 1994 edition of Wuthering Heights, illustrated by Balthus. In fact, it would be hard to argue anything other than this being one of the most … Continue reading Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte, Limited Editions Club