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!

Across the Plains, by Robert Louis Stevenson, Allen Press (1950)

Across the Plains is the second of three travel books from Robert Louis Stevenson describing his travel to and across America in 1879-1880. While the first work in this travel memoir trilogy, The Amateur Emigrant, focuses on his journey by ship from Europe to New York City, Across the Plains begins with Stevenson’s arriving in New York City and goes on to describe his train journey, filled with fellow immigrants, from New York … Continue reading Across the Plains, by Robert Louis Stevenson, Allen Press (1950)

The Silverado Squatters, by Robert Louis Stevenson, Arion Press (1996)

Concerning Robert Louis Stevenson‘s The Silverado Squatters I must start with a simple exhortation for you to drop what you are doing and simply read it. This is travel writing done right! Engaging, interesting and thought-provoking, it pulls you into it’s time and place as if you were there. Secondly, this edition from Arion Press is the one to read. With atmospheric photographs from the renowned photographer Michael Kenna sprinkled … Continue reading The Silverado Squatters, by Robert Louis Stevenson, Arion Press (1996)

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!

Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrations by Barry Moser, Centipede Press, 2011

Books and Vines previously reviewed an absolutely wonderful letterpress edition of Robert Louis Stevenson‘s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde published by Hand & Eye Letterpress of London.  That review also contained pictures (for comparison purposes) of illustrations from the 1952 Limited Editions Club (LEC) edition by Edward A. Wilson, and the Easton Press 100 Greatest edition which is essentially a re-print of the 1952 LEC edition. … Continue reading Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrations by Barry Moser, Centipede Press, 2011

The Master of Ballantrae, by Robert Louis Stevenson, Limited Editions Club, 1965

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) was a prolific writer producing many works of lasting value and immense entertainment.  Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde are extremely well known classics in the core of the Western Canon. Besides these, he wrote numerous other popular and well thought of novels including The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Two Roses and The Master of Ballantrae; many short stories such … Continue reading The Master of Ballantrae, by Robert Louis Stevenson, Limited Editions Club, 1965