Books & Vines Re-Launch: Private/Fine Press News for 2019

After a two year hiatus, I would like to welcome you to a re-launched Books and Vines. Plenty of articles are in the works for the coming months to highlight recent release private/fine press publications while continuing our march through some of the greatest works in private press history (see the ‘Upcoming Reviews’ section for details). Look for the first review article in the coming … Continue reading Books & Vines Re-Launch: Private/Fine Press News for 2019

Venus Poems, Arthur Rimbaud, Rainer Maria Rilke & Tiberianus, Shanty Bay Press (2016)

The Roman goddess Venus is one of the most represented figures in all of Western art and literature. Adapted from the Greek Aphrodite, Venus’s realm includes love and desire, beauty, sexuality, charm, prosperity and good fortune. Along with these feminine qualities (described here as “essential to the generation and balance of life“), her role in Roman society as the patron of daily non-sacrificial wine, due to its seductive power, makes her the … Continue reading Venus Poems, Arthur Rimbaud, Rainer Maria Rilke & Tiberianus, Shanty Bay Press (2016)

2014 Fine Press Trailers!

2014 promises to be an exciting year for collectors of books from todays fine press publishers. Much is in the works, as you will see below! As always, I encourage you to keep an eye on the great work these presses (and others) do in keeping alive the art and craft of finely published books and to support them, whenever possible, by purchasing their work! All … Continue reading 2014 Fine Press Trailers!

A Look at Shanty Bay Press

{Ed. Note: Thank you to Walter Bachinski and Janis Butler for their many replies with information and pictures. Also to Crispin Elsted for his many comments, and to Eyal Reingold and Elizabeth Bosman for their comments. Lastly, putting this article together shows me, yet again, how invaluable a resource ‘Parenthesis’ is, so please support FPBA and subscribe  to ‘Parenthesis’!} Shanty Bay Press is a private … Continue reading A Look at Shanty Bay Press

It’s the Holidays — Support the Fine Press Eco-System!

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 in digital books and mindless, one size fits all (fonts, designs), throw away, mass produced plunk….what better, thoughtful, unique and meaningful gift … Continue reading It’s the Holidays — Support the Fine Press Eco-System!