Tono-Bungay, by H.G. Wells, Arion Press (2008) and Limited Editions Club (1960)

H.G. Wells (1866 – 1946) is best known for his science fiction novels, The Time Machine (1895), The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), and The War of the Worlds (1898). However, many consider his best work to be Tono-Bungay, published in 1909, a work that is not in the science fiction genre. Wells himself regarded it as his “finest and most finished novel” while also calling it his “most ambitious novel.” An ardent proponent of Socialism, Wells … Continue reading Tono-Bungay, by H.G. Wells, Arion Press (2008) and Limited Editions Club (1960)

Ecclesiastes or, The Preacher, King James Translation, The Spiral Press (1965); Also, The Thistle Press (1968)

Joseph Blumenthal was one of the great fine press personages of the twentieth century in America. His Spiral Press did important work for a large number of clients such as Robert Frost and President Franklin Roosevelt, publishing houses such as Henry Holt & Co. and Random House, as well as for The Limited Editions Club (LEC) of George Macy. Readers of Books and Vines are likely well familiar … Continue reading Ecclesiastes or, The Preacher, King James Translation, The Spiral Press (1965); Also, The Thistle Press (1968)

The Birds, by Aristophanes, Limited Editions Club (1959)

The Birds, from Aristophanes, a “perfectly realized fantasy” and an allegorical comedy for the ages, was  first performed at the City Dionysia in 414 BC where it won second prize. The birds, driven by oratory powers of a man named Pisthetaerus (Trustyfriend), decide to build a city in the sky, called Cloudcuckooland, to blockade the Olympian Gods so to subjugate them. There is much comedy, such as advising the festival … Continue reading The Birds, by Aristophanes, Limited Editions Club (1959)

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