Omoo, by Herman Melville, Oxford University Press for the Limited Editions Club (1961)

Ever since I read Herman Melville‘s Typee a few years ago, in the wonderful 1935 Limited Editions Club (LEC) edition from The Harbor Press, I have wanted to read Omoo, Melville’s second work and the sequel to Typee.  Luckily, the LEC also published Omoo, twenty six years after Typee, in an almost equally nice edition, this one printed by by Vivian Ridler of the Oxford University Press … Continue reading Omoo, by Herman Melville, Oxford University Press for the Limited Editions Club (1961)

The Man Who Planted Trees, Jean Giono, Limited Editions Club (1995)

Jean Giono (1895 – 1970) was a prolific French writer whose best-known work outside of France is the short story The Man who Planted Trees (1953, fr. L’homme qui plantait des arbres), an edition of which is reviewed here.  His early work, including the “Pan Trilogy” made up of Hill of Destiny (1929, Fr. Colline), Lovers are Never Losers (1929, Fr. Un de Baumugnes) and Harvest (1930, Fr. Regain), showed … Continue reading The Man Who Planted Trees, Jean Giono, Limited Editions Club (1995)

Alphabetum Romanum, by Felice Feliciano Veronese, Officina Bodoni (1960)

{Ed. Note: This is the latest article from Books and Vines contributor Neil.} Giovanni Mardersteig, who will always be associated with the great traditions of typography, wrote this short credo on printing : First, service to the author, searching for the form best suited to his theme.  Second, service to the reader, making reading as pleasant and light for him as possible.  Third, the giving of … Continue reading Alphabetum Romanum, by Felice Feliciano Veronese, Officina Bodoni (1960)