The Travels of Sir John Mandeville Beyond the Holy Land, Foolscap Press (2019); Also, The Voiage and Travail of Sir John Mandeville, Grabhorn Press (1928)

The Travels of Sir John Mandeville Beyond the Holy Land, the latest publication from Foolscap Press, is one of the most beautifully done private press works in years. The publication exudes an aura of just about everything a private press work should be in terms of intent, spirit, craftsmanship and artisanal excellence. Happily for private press collectors, a 1928 version of Mandeville’s travels, published by … Continue reading The Travels of Sir John Mandeville Beyond the Holy Land, Foolscap Press (2019); Also, The Voiage and Travail of Sir John Mandeville, Grabhorn Press (1928)

The Snails, by Patricia Highsmith, Foolscap Press (2016)

Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) was an American writer whose works have often been adapted for film, most notably by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951’s Strangers on a Train and her Tom Ripley novels, such as The Talented Mr. Ripley (made into a French-language film Plein soleil in 1960 and a Hollywood movie in 1999 with Matt Damon, Jude Law, and Gwyneth Paltrow). She also wrote a number of short stories, including The Snails, here reviewed in a new edition by Foolscap … Continue reading The Snails, by Patricia Highsmith, Foolscap Press (2016)

A Look at David Pascoe’s Nawakum Press

{Ed Note: I would like to thank David Pascoe for providing me with information on the press for this article.} One of the great perks of being associated with Books and Vines is the frequency in which I am made aware of outstanding new (and sometimes not new) fine press publishers that I was not aware of. In this world of mass commercialization and production, … Continue reading A Look at David Pascoe’s Nawakum Press

Dialogue of the Dogs, by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Foolscap Press (2012); also The Allen Press (1969)

{Ed.Note: The original and main article is on the 2012 edition of Dialogue of the Dogs from The Foolscap Press. As of 8/17/2012, thanks to Books and Vines contributor DlphcOracl, pictures of the classic 1969 edition from The L&D Allen Press are now also included at the bottom of the post.} Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) is best known for his Don Quixote, generally considered the first … Continue reading Dialogue of the Dogs, by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Foolscap Press (2012); also The Allen Press (1969)

In the Direction of the Beginning, by Dylan Thomas, Melville Press, 2003

I will admit to not having read Dylan Thomas before. Mainly, I had it in my head that he would be ultra-modern in a James Joyce Ulysses sort of way, and so extremely laborious to read and excruciatingly meaningless for mere mortals without some sort of ability, via clairvoyant osmosis from the author’s brain, to understand what the hell he is trying to say. Yet, I … Continue reading In the Direction of the Beginning, by Dylan Thomas, Melville Press, 2003

A Visit to Peter Koch Printers, Part 3, A Look at a Number of Books

In the first installment on my visit to Peter Koch Printers, I introduced you to two books soon to be released by Mr. Koch. In the second installment, we took a look at his recently released The Lost Journals of Sacajewea. In this final installment, we look at some of his other works that I had a chance to spend some time with. Mr. Koch’s books vary … Continue reading A Visit to Peter Koch Printers, Part 3, A Look at a Number of Books

Phisicke Against Fortune, by Francesco Petrarca, Foolscap Press

De Remediis Utriusque Fortunae (“Remedies for Fortune Fair and Foul“), by Francesco Petrarca (1304-1374), is one of the great books of the middle ages, with its messages and philosophy remaining relevant today.  Translated and published in English in 1579 by Thomas Twyn as Phisicke Against Fortune, the collection of 253 Latin dialogues are basically tidbits of wisdom, self-help and humor focused on fine tuning one’s intellect … Continue reading Phisicke Against Fortune, by Francesco Petrarca, Foolscap Press