Books & Vines Re-Launch: Private/Fine Press News for 2019

After a two year hiatus, I would like to welcome you to a re-launched Books and Vines. Plenty of articles are in the works for the coming months to highlight recent release private/fine press publications while continuing our march through some of the greatest works in private press history (see the ‘Upcoming Reviews’ section for details). Look for the first review article in the coming … Continue reading Books & Vines Re-Launch: Private/Fine Press News for 2019

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!

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!

2014 Fine Press Trailers!

2014 promises to be an exciting year for collectors of books from todays fine press publishers. Much is in the works, as you will see below! As always, I encourage you to keep an eye on the great work these presses (and others) do in keeping alive the art and craft of finely published books and to support them, whenever possible, by purchasing their work! All … Continue reading 2014 Fine Press Trailers!

A Look at Shanty Bay Press

{Ed. Note: Thank you to Walter Bachinski and Janis Butler for their many replies with information and pictures. Also to Crispin Elsted for his many comments, and to Eyal Reingold and Elizabeth Bosman for their comments. Lastly, putting this article together shows me, yet again, how invaluable a resource ‘Parenthesis’ is, so please support FPBA and subscribe  to ‘Parenthesis’!} Shanty Bay Press is a private … Continue reading A Look at Shanty Bay Press

Metamorphosis, by Ovid, Easton Press Deluxe Limited Edition

The Easton Press (EP) Deluxe Limited Edition (DLE) of Ovid’s Metamorphosis is a beautiful example of how nice a well done fascimile can be.  This is one of the most impressive EP DLE’s, probably only matched in beauty and scale by their Kelmscott Chaucer, and in sheer delight to flip through only by their marvelous and under-appreciated A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It is a large 2 … Continue reading Metamorphosis, by Ovid, Easton Press Deluxe Limited Edition

Meditations on Wine, with Thoughts by Great Authors

{ed note, this is a re-print of an article I wrote for a former blog} I often get asked why I have such a deep fascination for wine (as if collecting 1,500+ bottles represents some sort of problem!).  I can understand some bewilderment if one thinks of wine as a drink, something akin to soda, beer or a martini.   But wine’s allure does not come … Continue reading Meditations on Wine, with Thoughts by Great Authors