Omoo, by Herman Melville, Oxford University Press for the Limited Editions Club (1961)

Ever since I read Herman Melville‘s Typee a few years ago, in the wonderful 1935 Limited Editions Club (LEC) edition from The Harbor Press, I have wanted to read Omoo, Melville’s second work and the sequel to Typee.  Luckily, the LEC also published Omoo, twenty six years after Typee, in an almost equally nice edition, this one printed by by Vivian Ridler of the Oxford University Press … Continue reading Omoo, by Herman Melville, Oxford University Press for the Limited Editions Club (1961)

The House of the Seven Gables, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Limited Editions Club (1935)

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 – 1864) was an American novelist, one of the greatest this country has produced. His work is quintessentially American and so it is easy for me to agree with Evert Augustus Duyckinck when he said of American writers up to his time that Hawthorne was “the one least indebted to foreign models or literary precedents of any kind.”  His work was influenced by … Continue reading The House of the Seven Gables, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Limited Editions Club (1935)

Poor Richard’s Almanacks 1733-1758, Limited Editions Club

I have long been looking forward to getting a decent copy of LEC’s 1964 edition of Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanacks 1733-1758, signed and illustrated by Norman Rockwell.   Having recently gotten my hands on one, I wanted to share pictures of it immediately.  The book is a perfect marriage of the work of two men who are nearly synonymous for America itself. Benjamin Franklin … Continue reading Poor Richard’s Almanacks 1733-1758, Limited Editions Club