Venice, by John Craig, Whittington Press (2016)

Long time Books and Vines readers know I can be effusive in my praise for private and fine press books which, over time, makes it hard for a reader to differentiate between what I consider a nicely done work versus a spectacularly done work. So let me say up front that John Craig’s Venice, published by the Whittington Press, definitely falls into the spectacular category. The 80 … Continue reading Venice, by John Craig, Whittington Press (2016)

Pages from Presses, by David Butcher, Whittington Press (2006)

A few years ago I was lucky enough to pick up my first Whittington Press book, Pages from Presses. It remains one of the most impressive, beautifully designed, and informative books in my collection. Looking through the work while writing this article has pushed me to be beyond eager in anticipation for their upcoming Venice, which I hope to see any day now. Pages from Presses provides a history, … Continue reading Pages from Presses, by David Butcher, Whittington Press (2006)

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

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 in digital books and mindless, one size fits all (fonts, designs), throw away, mass produced plunk….what better, thoughtful, unique and meaningful gift … Continue reading It’s the Holidays — Support the Fine Press Eco-System!

Books and Vines Turns One, & Pondering the Fine Press Market

Books and Vines has now been in existence one year, which seems to me a good enough reason for some celebration and reflection, as well as some pondering about the future of the site. While I would love to claim a huge and exciting vision in creating Books and Vines, frankly speaking it was mostly just me desiring an intellectual outlet having nothing to do … Continue reading Books and Vines Turns One, & Pondering the Fine Press Market

Pastorale, Wood-Engravings by Lucien Pissarro, from the Whittington Press

{Ed. Note: This is another outstanding contribution from Librarything user Celtic (Neil).} Lucien Pissarro (1863-1944) was an Anglo/French painter, engraver and designer and printer of fine books for his Eragny Press.  Born on the 20th February 1863 in Paris, he was the eldest son of the impressionist painter Camille Pissarro.  He studied under his father and exhibited at the last impressionist Exhibition in 1886.  He visited England in 1870 and … Continue reading Pastorale, Wood-Engravings by Lucien Pissarro, from the Whittington Press