The Ballad of Reading Gaol, by Oscar Wilde, from The Old Stile Press (1994)

{Ed. Note: Most of this article, including pictures, is provided by Books and Vines contributor Celtic (Neil).} Oscar Wilde (1854-1890) was an Irish poet/writer whose works remain immensely popular today. His best known works are The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Importance of Being Earnest, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Salome, De Profundis and The Ballad of Reading Gaol. Wilde’s wit and humor are legendary, as is the controversy surrounding his life. … Continue reading The Ballad of Reading Gaol, by Oscar Wilde, from The Old Stile Press (1994)

The School For Scandal by Richard Sheridan (1949), The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (1960) & Cheri by Colette (1963), from Folio Society

{Ed. Note: This is part two of a series titled ‘My Favorite Folio Things‘ about vintage Folio Society books by Books and Vines contributor ‘dlphcoracl’. Part one can be found here.} Among the vintage Folio Society books, two of my favorites are the books illustrated by the great 20th century fashion and portrait photographer/interior designer/costumer designer Sir Cecil Beaton, The School For Scandal and The Importance of Being … Continue reading The School For Scandal by Richard Sheridan (1949), The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (1960) & Cheri by Colette (1963), from Folio Society

Oscar Wilde’s Salome, LEC and Heritage Press Editions

Limited Editions Club (LEC) editions typically are more collectible and desirable than those from Heritage Press (HP), George Macy’s baby sister to his LEC.  This is typically because of the use of better materials and the more limited nature of LEC, in addition to the LEC’s typically coming with the signature of the author, illustrator or printer.  This is not to criticize Heritage Press at … Continue reading Oscar Wilde’s Salome, LEC and Heritage Press Editions

The Bowler Press – Wilde’s Importance of Being Earnest

When doing some searches a few months back on what fine private presses still exist, I stumbled upon The Bowler Press in Vancouver.  The Bowler Press was founded in 2007 by Jarrett Morrison with an intent to primarily print illustrated works of classic literature in limited editions, with occasional new works from time to time.   Presswork is performed on a Chandler and Price Old Style jobber manufactured … Continue reading The Bowler Press – Wilde’s Importance of Being Earnest