The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, Limited Editions Club (1933 and 1942 editions)

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 – 1910), better known as Mark Twain, is one of the greatest of all American novelists/writers (perhaps only Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne come close to being in the same league critically, none come close in terms of popularity) and is certainly the most quintessentially American. Twain is synonymous with the American Heartland in the latter 1800’s. The image most American’s have of the … Continue reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, Limited Editions Club (1933 and 1942 editions)

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, by Edward Gibbon, Limited Editions Club (1946)

1776 is one of the most monumental years in the history of the Western World. Thomas Jefferson and his fellow ‘Founding Fathers‘ transformed the world with the Declaration of Independence, helped on by Common Sense and The American Crisis from Thomas Paine (both first published in 1776). Adam Smith‘s The Wealth of Nations, which was to have almost as big of an impact on the human condition as the Declaration of Independence, … Continue reading The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, by Edward Gibbon, Limited Editions Club (1946)

The Praise of Folly, by Desiderius Erasmus, Limited Editions Club (1943), also Essex House Press (1901)

[5/15/2015 Ed Note: Added some information and pictures of an edition from 1901 of The Praise of Folly from Essex House Press, thanks to Books and Vines Contributor Dlphcoracl. Scroll of the bottom of the article, past the LEC pictures.] I have not enjoyed a book more, certainly if enjoyment is measured by the amount of times I laughed out loud, than that of the … Continue reading The Praise of Folly, by Desiderius Erasmus, Limited Editions Club (1943), also Essex House Press (1901)

Titus Andronicus, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939)

Titus Andronicus is unlike any other Shakespeare play and, as such, there has always been much historical controversy about the extent of his authorship of it. The tragedy is believed to have been written between 1588 and 1593 and is likely Shakespeare’s first tragedy. Besides being one of his earliest plays, it has historically been one of the least respected with many critics feeling that if it … Continue reading Titus Andronicus, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939)

Richard III, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1940)

{Ed. Note: This is next in a series taking a look at the famous and important Bruce Rogers designed 37 volume The Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies of William Shakespeare, published by the Limited Editions Club (LEC) in 1939 and 1940.} Richard III, the second longest play of Shakespeare’s, is classified as a history in the First Folio (though sometimes grouped in his tragedies), and concludes Shakespeare’s first tetralogy (along with Henry VI parts 1–3). It is believed to have … Continue reading Richard III, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1940)

Mont Saint-Michel and Chartres, by Henry Adams, Limited Editions Club (1957)

A couple weeks back Books and Vines highlighted the wonderful 1942 Limited Editions Club (LEC) edition of The Education of Henry Adams, with stunning etchings by Samuel Chamberlain. Now that I am three-quarters of the way through reading it, I can only re-emphasize what a must have book it is. Not only is the design and execution extremely apropos for this autobiography, but the content is … Continue reading Mont Saint-Michel and Chartres, by Henry Adams, Limited Editions Club (1957)

Daisy Miller, by Henry James, Limited Editions Club (1969), Heritage Press

{Ed. Note: Thanks to LibraryThing user UK_History_Fan for sending pictures of the Limited Editions Club (LEC) and Heritage Press (HP) editions, which I use below, as well as for his comments comparing the LEC and HP editions.} I often get asked to do more comparisons between Limited Edition Club (LEC) books and the Heritage Press (HP) and Easton Press (EP) books that sprang from them. It is … Continue reading Daisy Miller, by Henry James, Limited Editions Club (1969), Heritage Press