The Artistry of Elfriede Abbe

{Ed. Note: This article is from Books and Vines contributor Dlphcoracl. Those interested in Elfriede Abbe‘s outstanding artwork should contact Elaine Beckwith Gallery who represents her estate.} Elfriede Abbe, who died in 2012 at the age of 93 years of age, was a multi-faceted artist (her obituary is here). Unfortunately for private press book collectors, her books were a relatively small part of her output and her life. … Continue reading The Artistry of Elfriede Abbe

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

{Ed. Note: This first ran last holiday season, though it has been updated with current information and the latest news from fine press publishers.} As the holiday’s quickly approach, it is time to remind all Books and Vines readers about the importance of doing all we can to support those who create and sell the finely done private press books we all admire. In a world awash … Continue reading It’s the Holidays — Support the Fine Press Eco-System!

Four Poems by John Milton, Wood-engravings by Blair Hughes-Stanton, The Gregynog Press 1933

{Ed. Note: This is another excellent article from Books and Vines contributor Neil. Four Poems by John Milton, wood-engravings by Blair Hughes-Stanton, The Gregynog Press 1933.} John Milton (1608-1674) was born at Bread Street, London and attended St. Paul’s school before spending seven years at Christ’s College, Cambridge.  His next six years were spent at Horton in ‘studious leisure’ as preparation for his life’s work as a poet … Continue reading Four Poems by John Milton, Wood-engravings by Blair Hughes-Stanton, The Gregynog Press 1933

My Visit to Arion Press, Part Three – Books (1st Set)

In previous articles concerning my recent visit to Arion Press, I covered the equipment and art to be found in their facilities. Of course, what most of you want to see is their beautiful books, which is, after all, Arion’s raison d’être.  Seeing all of the editions that have been created by Arion Press is a wonderful experience. What strikes me as most impressive is the … Continue reading My Visit to Arion Press, Part Three – Books (1st Set)

My Visit to Arion Press, Part Two – Art

A few days ago, I posted pictures of equipment used at Arion Press to create their wonderful books.  The pictures were taken at my visit to Arion Press in early September this year.  This next installment looks at some of the artwork hanging on the walls at Arion.  These pictures are mostly originals, done by artists they commission, for the illustrations of their books. Probably my … Continue reading My Visit to Arion Press, Part Two – Art