Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, Pennyroyal Press (1983)

Barry Moser‘s Pennyroyal Press has produced scores of books since 1970, the most elaborate and well known of which include 5 amazingly designed and executed folio sized works all produced in the early to mid-1980’s.  This amazing set of folio’s began with the 1982 publications of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland (reviewed on Books and Vines here) and Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass and what Alice Found There, and ended in 1985 … Continue reading Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, Pennyroyal Press (1983)

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, Pennyroyal Press (1985)

Having last week highlighted two impressive editions of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from the Limited Editions Club (LEC), I am now pleased to show you the most impressive Huck Finn edition of all! In 1985, Barry Moser‘s Pennyroyal Press published a centennial edition of Huckleberry Finn, with a newly updated authoritative text from the experts at the Mark Twain Papers of the The Bancroft Library at the University … Continue reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, Pennyroyal Press (1985)

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, Pennyroyal Press (1982)

A number of comments concerning the recently reviewed ‘original ‘Alice’ Limited Editions Club (LEC) version of Alice in Wonderland mentioned the great Pennyroyal Press edition of Alice, and so…here it is. ‘Great’ may be an over-used descriptor, especially coming from someone like myself who tends to effusively praise fine press books. However, the Pennyroyal Alice is certainly one case where ‘great’ is an understatement. What you … Continue reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, Pennyroyal Press (1982)

Outside, by Barry Lopez, Illustrations by Barry Moser, Nawakum Press (2013)

Books and Vines readers are likely well aware that I am a huge fan of David Pascoe’s Nawakum Press. Their early 2013 publication of Jorge Luis Borges’ Book of Sand is one of best designed and executed books in a number of years.  Prior to that, they burst upon the fine press scene with fantastic editions of Hermann Melville‘s Norfolk Isle & the Chola Widow, Rachel Carson‘s … Continue reading Outside, by Barry Lopez, Illustrations by Barry Moser, Nawakum Press (2013)

Affordable Treasures and Pleasures #2 – ‘In The Beginning: Creation Stories From Around the World’ by Virginia Hamilton and Barry Moser, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1988)

{Ed. Note: This is the second in our Affordable Treasures and Pleasures series, focusing on books that are affordable for just about anyone, by Books and Vines contributor DlphcOracl.  For the first installment of the series, Acts of Light: Emily Dickinson, see here.} “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the … Continue reading Affordable Treasures and Pleasures #2 – ‘In The Beginning: Creation Stories From Around the World’ by Virginia Hamilton and Barry Moser, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1988)