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)

Prometheus Bound, by Aeschylus, and Prometheus Unbound, by Percy Bysshe Shelley, Limited Editions Club (1965)

Prometheus Bound, attributed to the great Greek tragedian Aeschylus, is a reknowned classical tragedy stemming from the myth of Prometheus, a Titan who gave fire to mankind and was subsequently punished by the god Zeus for doing so. Those who remember the myth will recall that Zeus had Prometheus bound to a rock while a great eagle ate his liver every day only to have it grow back to be eaten again the next day. While Hesiod famously presents … Continue reading Prometheus Bound, by Aeschylus, and Prometheus Unbound, by Percy Bysshe Shelley, Limited Editions Club (1965)

Frankenstein, Centipede Press Limited Edition & Deluxe Limited Edition

There are many editions of Mary Shelley’s classic gothic tale Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus  for discerning readers to choose from.  Many consider the finest illustrations ever done for Frankenstein to be the wood engravings by Lynd Ward (1905-1985). Ward is considered one of the founders of the American graphic novel and was a pre-eminent illustrator of books in the early to mid twentieth century, especially known for his … Continue reading Frankenstein, Centipede Press Limited Edition & Deluxe Limited Edition