The Victoria Psalter, Designed and Illuminated by Owen Jones

[Ed. Note: This article is from Books and Vines contributor Dlphcoracl.] Owen Jones (1809-1874) was a seminal figure in the evolution of design and the decorative arts in 19th century Great Britain.  Trained as an architect, he embarked upon his Grand Tour at the age of 23.  In contrast to other upper class young men and women in the UK whose Grand Tours took them … Continue reading The Victoria Psalter, Designed and Illuminated by Owen Jones

It’s the Holidays — Support the Fine Press Eco-System!

{Ed. Note: This first ran last holiday season, though it has been updated with current information and the latest news from fine press publishers.} As the holiday’s quickly approach, it is time to remind all Books and Vines readers about the importance of doing all we can to support those who create and sell the finely done private press books we all admire. In a world awash … Continue reading It’s the Holidays — Support the Fine Press Eco-System!

The Psalms of David, Rampant Lions Press (1977)

Some books are simply beautiful — all the component parts blend together seamlessly allowing the finished product to exude specialness. Sometimes grandeur lifts a work into that sought after realm; sometimes it is accomplished by breaking new ground; other times simplicity is the driver. The work being reviewed here, The Psalms of David by Rampant Lions Press, is the latter. It is not a grand production and it breaks no important … Continue reading The Psalms of David, Rampant Lions Press (1977)