Great Illustrated Private Press Books Part IV – Walls, by Tom Killion, Quail Press

{Ed. Note: This is the fourth in a series on ‘The Great Illustrated Private Press Books‘ by Books and Vines contributor dlphcoracl.  Part I is here, Part II is here and Part III is here. Thank you to Mr. Killion for permission to print photo’s of his work.} Walls by Tom Killion is both a beautiful and a fascinating book, one of the favorites in my collection.  I can pick it up … Continue reading Great Illustrated Private Press Books Part IV – Walls, by Tom Killion, Quail Press

Snow Country, by Yasunari Kawabata, Limited Editions Club (1990)

Yasunari Kawabata (1899-1972) was the first Japanese author to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature, winning it in 1968 for his prose work, specifically The Old Capital, Thousand Cranes and Snow Country (the Limited Editions Club edition of which reviewed here). His works are certainly classics of Japanese literature, though due to their broad appeal have become classics of World Literature.  Kawabata began writing Snow Country, often considered his masterpiece, in 1934. It was published … Continue reading Snow Country, by Yasunari Kawabata, Limited Editions Club (1990)

Youth, by Joseph Conrad, Allen Press (1959)

The twenty-second publication from the Allen Press is, to my eye, the greatest of their many great works. Just back from their two years of typographic study and printing in France, Lewis and Dorothy Allen embarked on what was to be a period of tremendous work on a series of folio sized publications, of which Youth, from Joseph Conrad, is the first. The Allens’ interest in … Continue reading Youth, by Joseph Conrad, Allen Press (1959)

The Oresteian Trilogy, by Aeschylus, The Allen Press (1982)

The Lewis and Dorothy Allen Press was, in a word, awesome. Always producing books entirely by hand, the output of their labors is always a wonder to behold. Take for instance their 1982 publication of The Oresteian Trilogy by Aeschylus. It certainly has to be one of the most beautiful editions of this classic ever done. Classically designed with Greek-letter calligraphy and Greek decorations hand-set … Continue reading The Oresteian Trilogy, by Aeschylus, The Allen Press (1982)