A Review of Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe, Limited Editions Club (1966) and Golden Hours Press (1932) editions

{Ed. Note: This is a re-publication of an article first published on Books and Vines on August 25, 2011, though now includes information and pictures of the 1932 Golden Hours Press edition of The Tragicall History of Doctor Faustus that was published by Christopher Sandford (he of The Golden Cockerel Press).   It makes a nice comparison with the Limited Editions Club (LEC) edition highlighted in this … Continue reading A Review of Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe, Limited Editions Club (1966) and Golden Hours Press (1932) editions

Mabinogion, Translation by Gwyn Jones and Thomas Jones, The Golden Cockerel Press (1948)

{Ed. Note: This article is a collaboration between Books and Vines contributors Neil, who wrote the text, and DlphcOracl, who provided the pictures.} The Mabinogion is the title given to a collection of prose stories which were collected from Welsh medieval manuscripts.  The title Mabinogion appeared in the first English translations of these stories by Lady Charlotte Guest between 1838 and 1849.  The word Mabinogion appears only once in the manuscripts and was assumed to be … Continue reading Mabinogion, Translation by Gwyn Jones and Thomas Jones, The Golden Cockerel Press (1948)

The Country of the Blind, by H.G. Wells, The Golden Cockerel Press, 1939

{Ed. Note: Books and Vines Contributor Neil (Celtic) contributed all of the pictures and some of the content for this article. Assume the good parts of the article are his, the remainder mine!}. The Country of the Blind, first published in the Strand magazine in 1904, is one of the most famous short stories from H.G. Wells.  In 1939, Wells revised and improved the story and gave it a different ending. This … Continue reading The Country of the Blind, by H.G. Wells, The Golden Cockerel Press, 1939

The Travels & Sufferings of Father Jean de Brebeuf among the Hurons of Canada as Described by Himself, The Golden Cockerel Press, 1938

{Ed. Note: Another excellent article from Books and Vines contributor Celtic (Neil).} Jean de Brebeuf was born in Conde-sur-Vire, Normandy France in 1593. He became a Jesuit in 1617 and accompanied Samuel Champlain to the New World in 1625. Jean de Brebeuf was one of the authors of The Jesuit Relations (an invaluable source of early Canadian history), a report sent annually to Paris detailing the Jesuit’s missionary work among … Continue reading The Travels & Sufferings of Father Jean de Brebeuf among the Hurons of Canada as Described by Himself, The Golden Cockerel Press, 1938

The Voyage of the Challenger, by Herbert Swire, The Golden Cockerel Press, 1938

The Golden Cockerel Press was one of the greatest and most influential fine presses of the 20th century. It was founded by Harold (Hal) Midgley Taylor (1893–1925) in 1920. The press made beautiful handmade limited editions of classic works. The books were typeset by hand, used hand-made paper, were bound by hand, and contained original illustrations from artists and illustrators such as Eric Gill, Robert Gibbings, John Buckland Wright, Blair … Continue reading The Voyage of the Challenger, by Herbert Swire, The Golden Cockerel Press, 1938

The Cricket on the Hearth, by Charles Dickens, Limited Editions Club, 1933

In the last week or so, in the spirit of the holidays, Books and Vines has taken a look at A Christmas Carol and The Chimes, both by Charles Dickens, both from the early days of the Limited Editions Club (LEC).  We now take a look at The Cricket on the Hearth, which is yet another Dickens’ Christmas story provided to fine book lovers in an … Continue reading The Cricket on the Hearth, by Charles Dickens, Limited Editions Club, 1933