The Descent of Ishtar, by Diana White, Eragny Press (1903)

The Eragny Press was an important private press that was founded and run by artist Lucien Pissarro (1863-1944) and his wife Esther (1870–1951), herself an accomplished illustrator. The press was named for the town in Normandy where Pissarro’s father, famed Danish-French Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist artist Camille Pissarro, had a home (and where Lucien and Esther had spent 8 months of their honeymoon). Lucien and Esther produced 31 hand-crafted books between 1895 and 1914. Influenced … Continue reading The Descent of Ishtar, by Diana White, Eragny Press (1903)

Pages from Presses, by David Butcher, Whittington Press (2006)

A few years ago I was lucky enough to pick up my first Whittington Press book, Pages from Presses. It remains one of the most impressive, beautifully designed, and informative books in my collection. Looking through the work while writing this article has pushed me to be beyond eager in anticipation for their upcoming Venice, which I hope to see any day now. Pages from Presses provides a history, … Continue reading Pages from Presses, by David Butcher, Whittington Press (2006)