Affordable Treasures and Pleasures – The Folio Press Fine Editions (1987 – 1991), Part III

{Ed.Note: This article is from Books and Vines contributor DlphcOracl.} Over the past month, Books and Vines contributor DlphcOracl presented part I and part II of a series looking at The Folio Press Fine Editions, a fine press type collection produced by The Folio Society from 1987-1991. Part III, the final installment of this series, now looks at: Love Poems by Robert Graves (1990) The Aspern Papers by Henry James (1990) De Profundis by Oscar Wilde (1991) Woman In White, … Continue reading Affordable Treasures and Pleasures – The Folio Press Fine Editions (1987 – 1991), Part III

Affordable Treasures and Pleasures #5 – The Folio Press Fine Editions (1987 – 1991)

{Ed.Note: This article is from Books and Vines contributor DlphcOracl.} Although The Folio Society (FS) has sporadically published special editions over their long history, their current serious and sustained foray into fine press and letterpress editions began with the introduction of their Letterpress Shakespeare series in 2006.  Their stated aim was admirable: “To design an edition so pure, so simple, that the beauty of the text could … Continue reading Affordable Treasures and Pleasures #5 – The Folio Press Fine Editions (1987 – 1991)

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)

A Look at the Incline Press

{Ed. Note: I would like to thank Books and Vines contributor Neil for providing some information, sentences and pictures for this article, as well as to Peter Owen, a 30 year Incline Press subscriber who owns each of their books, for his comments.} I recently received a shipment from the Incline Press, and I am enthusiastic to share their work with all Books and Vines … Continue reading A Look at the Incline Press