Around the World in Eighty Days, by Jules Verne, The Plantin Press for the Limited Editions Club (1962)

There seems to be an occasional bias, in some cases perhaps well-founded, that a work of literature is suspect if it happens to actually be entertaining. To some, unless a book is as perplexing as Ulysses or The Sound and the Fury, literary merit is disparaged. What else can explain that Jules Verne (1828–1905), at least in the English speaking world, has often been considered second tier, not quite a … Continue reading Around the World in Eighty Days, by Jules Verne, The Plantin Press for the Limited Editions Club (1962)

Eugenie Grandet, by Honore De Balzac, Limited Editions Club (1960)

Eugénie Grandet, the first of what was to become the massive collection of works by Honoré de Balzac called La Comédie humane (The Human Comedy), was first published in 1833. Eugénie Grandet became the first of the grouping of works under ‘Scenes of Country Life’.  The novel is about miserliness and its destructive psychological impact,  with an associated theme of unhappy love intertwined. Balzac dedicated the second edition to his lover and mother of his daughter, Maria Du Fresnay. It turns … Continue reading Eugenie Grandet, by Honore De Balzac, Limited Editions Club (1960)

The Education of Henry Adams, Limited Editions Club (1942)

The Education of Henry Adams is yet another Limited Editions Club (LEC) publication that just speaks to me in a manner that only a book well designed and executed can. Like the recently reviewed The Warden, The Education of Henry Adams looks simple and studious on the outside, but manages to show its exceptional nature the second one starts flipping through the now seventy year pages made … Continue reading The Education of Henry Adams, Limited Editions Club (1942)