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!

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!

The Play of Pericles Prince of Tyre, by William Shakespeare, Barbarian Press (2009)

{Ed. Note: This is a reprint of an article published in September 2011, though updated with new photographs. This edition remains one of my favorite all-time fine press works. You really have to see it and feel it to understand the height it reaches! It is a tactile tour-de-force.} Barbarian Press’s publication of William Shakespeare‘s The Play of Pericles Prince of Tyre, is one of the … Continue reading The Play of Pericles Prince of Tyre, by William Shakespeare, Barbarian Press (2009)

Endgrain Editions Four: Simon Brett – an Engraver’s Progress, Barbarian Press (2013)

Barbarian Press recently published the latest in their ground-breaking Endgrain Editions (EE) series, Endgrain Editions Four: Simon Brett – an Engraver’s Progress.  For those not aware of the Endgrain Editions series, it is a series of works dedicated to wood engraving with each volume showcasing selected works of a single engraver, printed from the original blocks, with an introduction and a catalogue of major works. The first of this series, on … Continue reading Endgrain Editions Four: Simon Brett – an Engraver’s Progress, Barbarian Press (2013)

A look at Simon Lawrence’s The Fleece Press

{Ed. Note: A few weeks back Books and Vines reviewed Leon Underwood: His Wood Engravings from the The Fleece Press. This article, from Books and Vines contributor Neil, provides a broader overview of the The Fleece Press by looking at a wider range of what they have published.} The Fleece Press, in Upper Denby near Huddersfield, England, is the imprint of Simon Lawrence. He is particularly well known for printing wood-engravings ‘from … Continue reading A look at Simon Lawrence’s The Fleece Press

The Play of Pericles Prince of Tyre, by William Shakespeare, Barbarian Press Edition

Barbarian Press’s, The Play of Pericles Prince of Tyre, is one of the most ambitious projects undertaken by a private press in a long, long time. Published in 2010 by Crispin and Jan Elsted of Barbarian Press, this edition sets the bar on what private, fine press producers are capable of accomplishing.  Their Pericles is truly a remarkable accomplishment in the craft of book design … Continue reading The Play of Pericles Prince of Tyre, by William Shakespeare, Barbarian Press Edition