It’s the 2016 Holidays — Support the Private and Fine Press Eco-System!

{Ed. Note: This is an annual article encouraging all Books and Vines readers to keep private and fine press publishers and re-sellers in mind this holiday season as your source for unique, classy and meaningful gifts. The article has been updated with current information and the latest news from private and fine press publishers, while I sheepishly admit lifting the introduction from the holiday article of last year. … Continue reading It’s the 2016 Holidays — Support the Private and Fine Press Eco-System!

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

{Ed. Note: This is an annual article encouraging all Books and Vines readers to keep private and fine press publishers and re-sellers in mind this holiday season to be your source for unique, classy and meaningful gifts. The article has been updated with current information and the latest news from private and fine press publishers. Please pass this link on to everyone you know, the more that … Continue reading It’s the Holidays — Support the Private and Fine Press Eco-System!

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!

The Unknown Masterpiece, by Honoré de Balzac, Rampant Lions Press (1997)

Honoré de Balzac‘s classic short story The Unknown Masterpiece (Le Chef-d’œuvre inconnu), first published in 1831, is an interesting and thoughtful contemplation on art. An old painter named Frenhofer has mastered the techniques of the day, yet struggles to complete his own masterpiece which he has kept hidden from all other eyes. When a young artist (Poussin) offers his lover (Gillette) as a model, Frenhofer quickly completes … Continue reading The Unknown Masterpiece, by Honoré de Balzac, Rampant Lions Press (1997)

The Psalms of David, Rampant Lions Press (1977)

Some books are simply beautiful — all the component parts blend together seamlessly allowing the finished product to exude specialness. Sometimes grandeur lifts a work into that sought after realm; sometimes it is accomplished by breaking new ground; other times simplicity is the driver. The work being reviewed here, The Psalms of David by Rampant Lions Press, is the latter. It is not a grand production and it breaks no important … Continue reading The Psalms of David, Rampant Lions Press (1977)

The Very Rich Hours of Le Boulvé , by Anthony Gross, Rampant Lions Press (1980)

The Very Rich Hours of Le Boulvé is a major Rampant Lions Press publication you have probably never heard of. The Press itself needs no introduction to fine and private press book collectors. It was founded in 1924 by Will Carter and published its first book in 1936. Will’s son Sebastian joined the Press full-time in 1966, becoming a partner in 1971 and taking over the business in 1991. … Continue reading The Very Rich Hours of Le Boulvé , by Anthony Gross, Rampant Lions Press (1980)