The Transposed Heads, by Thomas Mann, The Allen Press (1977)

Long time Books and Vines readers know that The Allen Press is one of my all-time favorite private presses. Almost always completely hand-done, their books exude oodles of character. Their 1977 edition of The Transposed Heads, by Thomas Mann, is one of my favorites. The story is phenomenally good, by far the most enjoyable of any Mann work I have read (and Mann himself agrees, … Continue reading The Transposed Heads, by Thomas Mann, The Allen Press (1977)

A Venetian Story, Lord Byron, The Allen Press (1963)

Every time I stumble across a book from the L&D Allen Press, I am more and more convinced they are truly one of the all time greats in the fine press world. Their choice of works to publish was almost always spot on and the end quality of each work was consistently outstanding. Their publications look, feel and read almost perfectly. The methods used in creating … Continue reading A Venetian Story, Lord Byron, The Allen Press (1963)

The Poeticon Astronomicon, by Gaius Hyginus, The Allen Press (1985)

{Ed. Note: This is an article from Books and Vines contributor DlphcOracl, who originally introduced us to the wonders of The Allen Press. As a book collector, amateur astronomer and history buff, this book from the L&D Allen Press is amazing!}. From prior numerous prior articles readers of Books and Vines should now have a passing familiarity with the L&D Allen Press.  The Allen Press was … Continue reading The Poeticon Astronomicon, by Gaius Hyginus, The Allen Press (1985)

The Oresteian Trilogy, by Aeschylus, The Allen Press (1982)

The Lewis and Dorothy Allen Press was, in a word, awesome. Always producing books entirely by hand, the output of their labors is always a wonder to behold. Take for instance their 1982 publication of The Oresteian Trilogy by Aeschylus. It certainly has to be one of the most beautiful editions of this classic ever done. Classically designed with Greek-letter calligraphy and Greek decorations hand-set … Continue reading The Oresteian Trilogy, by Aeschylus, The Allen Press (1982)