The Great Illustrated Private Press Books, Part I – The Cresset Press Gulliver’s Travels (1930), Illustrations by Rex Whistler

{Ed. Note: This is the first of what will be an on-going series looking at the greatest of all private press illustrated books of the last 120+ years. This article is provided by Books and Vines contributor Dlphcoracl.} There are several reasons for collecting and reading private press books.  First and foremost, the best of them are works of usable art which contribute greatly to … Continue reading The Great Illustrated Private Press Books, Part I – The Cresset Press Gulliver’s Travels (1930), Illustrations by Rex Whistler

The Shepheardes Calender by Edmund Spenser, Illustrations by John Nash, Printed by George W. Jones, Published by The Cresset Press in 1930

{Ed. Note: This fine article is from Books and Vines contributor Neil. The Shepheardes Calender  by Edmund Spenser, published by The Cresset Press in 1930, printed by George W. Jones and illustrated by John Nash with pochoir stencilling from the Curwen Press.} Edmund Spenser (1552-1599) was an English poet best known for his epic allegorical poem The Fairie Queene. He was born in London and attended the Merchant Taylors’ School … Continue reading The Shepheardes Calender by Edmund Spenser, Illustrations by John Nash, Printed by George W. Jones, Published by The Cresset Press in 1930

Who was Hugh Birkett?

{Ed. Note:  This is the latest from Books and Vines contributor DlphcOracl.} Hugh Birkett (1919-2002) was born in Solihull (a stone’s throw south of Birmingham), the son of Thomas & Annie Birkett, who were both at the heart of the Birmingham Arts & Crafts movement in the 1890s and 1900s.  Thomas was a member of the Birmingham Guild of Handicraft and his mother Annie studied at the … Continue reading Who was Hugh Birkett?

A Review of Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, Limited Editions Club

[ed note:  this is a long review, so if all you care about is pictures, scroll to the end] The remarkable thing about Thomas De Quincey’s Confessions of an English Opium-Eater is that it is not required to be read by every college student prior to receiving a diploma! No amount of teaching, or reading of what stands in for ‘literature’ in many college’s today, … Continue reading A Review of Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, Limited Editions Club