Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man, by Siegfried Sassoon, Limited Editions Club (1977)

Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967) is best known as one of the leading poets of the First World War. Sassoon enlisted in the Army for the war, though soon became horrified at the realities he witnessed. He protested against the continuation of the war which landed him in a military psychiatric hospital, where he was to meet and become a mentor to Wilfred Owen. His strong and public anti-war actions were courageous and should be … Continue reading Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man, by Siegfried Sassoon, Limited Editions Club (1977)

Camille, by Alexandre Dumas, fils, Curwen Press (1937) and Garamond Press (1955) for the Limited Editions Club

La Dame aux Camélias (Camille), by Alexandre Dumas, fils, is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most famous of love stories in the Western canon. As mentioned by the Limited Editions Club (LEC) Monthly Letter (ML), “the story is simple enough. It is that of an enamored courtesan who, not to ruin the life of the man she loves, gives him up and dies of a broken heart.” As Henry James aptly says … Continue reading Camille, by Alexandre Dumas, fils, Curwen Press (1937) and Garamond Press (1955) for the Limited Editions Club

King Henry IV, parts I & II, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939)

Henry IV, Part I and Henry IV, Part II are historical plays by William Shakespeare. Part I, which  was written and first performed in 1597 and first printed in quarto in 1598 by stationer Andrew Wise, has always been much more popular and critically acclaimed than Part II.  In fact, Henry IV, Part I was Shakespeare’s most popular printed text with eight new editions appearing over the first one hundred years of its existence. Henry IV, … Continue reading King Henry IV, parts I & II, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939)

Old Goriot, by Honore De Balzac, Limited Editions Club (1948)

Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850) was an early proponent of literary realism (perhaps with a dash of naturalism), with the collection called La Comédie humane (The Human Comedy) being his crowning achievement. At 91 published works and 46 unpublished, this collection of interrelated stories is immense. His characters are real; even the good have flaws. Themes include power, wealth and social success. Characters across the social spectrum come in and out throughout his novels, typically shown … Continue reading Old Goriot, by Honore De Balzac, Limited Editions Club (1948)

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 Apocrypha, Cresset Press (1929)

{This article is from Books and Vines contributor Neil.} The Apocrypha (from the Greek word meaning ‘hidden’/’hidden away’/’obscure’) are those books of the Bible that are not regarded by some as canonical, but are usually included anyway as they are viewed as ‘books proceeding from godly men’.  They were found in early manuscripts and early printed editions as part of the Old Testament and were first published as a separate … Continue reading The Apocrypha, Cresset Press (1929)

The Shepheardes Calender by Edmund Spenser, Illustrations by John Nash, Printed by George W. Jones, Published by The Cresset Press in 1930

{Ed. Note: This fine article is from Books and Vines contributor Neil. The Shepheardes Calender  by Edmund Spenser, published by The Cresset Press in 1930, printed by George W. Jones and illustrated by John Nash with pochoir stencilling from the Curwen Press.} Edmund Spenser (1552-1599) was an English poet best known for his epic allegorical poem The Fairie Queene. He was born in London and attended the Merchant Taylors’ School … Continue reading The Shepheardes Calender by Edmund Spenser, Illustrations by John Nash, Printed by George W. Jones, Published by The Cresset Press in 1930