The Toilers of the Sea, by Victor Hugo, Officina Bodoni for Limited Editions Club (1960)

History has produced few storytellers whose works are as engrossing and entertaining as Victor Hugo (1802-1885), one of the greatest of all French writers.  His continued fame largely comes from his celebrated novels Les Misérables and Notre-Dame de Paris (known in English as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame). Many forget that he was also one of the great French poets in history, with  Les Contemplations and La Légende des siècles being his most critically recognized verse. Hugo’s influence is substantial … Continue reading The Toilers of the Sea, by Victor Hugo, Officina Bodoni for Limited Editions Club (1960)

The Lives Of The Twelve Caesars, by Suetonius, Limited Editions Club (1963)

Anyone who doubts Lord Acton‘s dictum that “power tends to corrupt, absolute power corrupts absolutely” must read The Lives Of The Twelve Caesars (De Vita Caesarum), by Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus.  The real lives of these Caesars is more colorful, dastardly and shocking than any of today’s historical dramas that many spend weeks of their lives binge watching. The general depravity that society wallows in with those … Continue reading The Lives Of The Twelve Caesars, by Suetonius, Limited Editions Club (1963)

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) Part II

{Ed.Note: This article is from Books and Vines contributor DlphcOracl.} A couple weeks ago  Books and Vines contributor DlphcOracl presented part I of series looking at The Folio Press Fine Editions, a fine press type collection produced by The Folio Society from 1987-1991. Part II now looks at: The Rape of the Lock, by Alexander Pope (1989) Poems of War, by Wilfred Owen (1989) Peter Grimes, by George Crabbe (1990) The Greek Anthology, Translation by James Michie (1990) The final installment, Part III, will … Continue reading Affordable Treasures and Pleasures #5 – The Folio Press Fine Editions (1987 – 1991) Part II

The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, by Rainer Maria Rilke, Printed at the Stamperia Valdonega for the Limited Editions Club (1987)

The Bohemian-Austrian writer Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) remains one of the more popular and influential writers of the twentieth century. Rilke used impressionistic and expressionistic techniques, both of which influenced his writing towards a modernistic style that was to be imitated and expanded upon by a subsequent generation of writers. Greek mythological figures often exist is his work, but classical themes are typically replaced with those that began permeating the arts in the early … Continue reading The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, by Rainer Maria Rilke, Printed at the Stamperia Valdonega for the Limited Editions Club (1987)

The Leopard, by Giuseppe di Lampedusa, Limited Editions Club (1988)

Giuseppe di Lampedusa’s The Leopard is considered one of the most important Italian novels ever written, in addition to being the top-selling novel in Italian history. It is certainly one of the greatest historical  novels in world literature, and along with another great Italian work, The Betrothed, really is a  ‘must read’ for anyone considering themselves well read and/or for those wanting a real feel for the … Continue reading The Leopard, by Giuseppe di Lampedusa, Limited Editions Club (1988)

Three Poems, by Octavio Paz, Lithographs by Robert Motherwell, Limited Editions Club, 1988

The 1988 Limited Editions Club (LEC) livres d’artiste Three Poems includes three poems from Octavio Paz: San Ildefonso Nocturne, Return and The Skin of the World, The Sound of the World, all written in the 1970’s. The Skin of the World, The Sound of the World was written for his friend, the artist Robert Motherwell, in 1971. Motherwell, who provides the illustrations for Three Poems, was influenced artistically … Continue reading Three Poems, by Octavio Paz, Lithographs by Robert Motherwell, Limited Editions Club, 1988