The Tale of the Wandering Monk, Kyōka Izumi, illustrations by Setsuko, Limited Editions Club, 1995

Simply put, you are about to see a beautiful book.  Classically designed, stunning illustrations, hand-made Japanese paper, traditional hand binding, etc.  The ‘make-up’ of this book is an excellent example of what can be done at the pinnacle of fine press book-making. The Tale of the Wandering Monk (from Koya Hijiri, or Saint of Mt. Koya), Kyōka Izumi’s most acclaimed work, is a tale about … Continue reading The Tale of the Wandering Monk, Kyōka Izumi, illustrations by Setsuko, Limited Editions Club, 1995

Three Poems, by Octavio Paz, Lithographs by Robert Motherwell, Limited Editions Club, 1988

The 1988 Limited Editions Club (LEC) livres d’artiste Three Poems includes three poems from Octavio Paz: San Ildefonso Nocturne, Return and The Skin of the World, The Sound of the World, all written in the 1970’s. The Skin of the World, The Sound of the World was written for his friend, the artist Robert Motherwell, in 1971. Motherwell, who provides the illustrations for Three Poems, was influenced artistically … Continue reading Three Poems, by Octavio Paz, Lithographs by Robert Motherwell, Limited Editions Club, 1988

The House of the Dead, by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Limited Editions Club, 1982

I must have been a political prisoner in some previous life as, for whatever reason, I am always drawn to books about prisons, gulags and miscellaneous other freedom restricting thuggery performed by men against other men whose crimes are nothing more than being alive. Perhaps it is the will to live, the strength of mind to never accept the tyranny of a dictator no matter … Continue reading The House of the Dead, by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Limited Editions Club, 1982

Sight and Touch, by Octavio Paz, Illustrated by Balthus, Limited Editions Club, 1995

{Ed. Note: Books and Vines provided a quick review of Sight and Touch, from the Limited Editions Club (LEC), after an October 2011 visit to LEC’s Jeanne Shiff in New York City.  Now that I have Sight and Touch in my own hands, and have a better camera, I am re-posting an updated review with better pictures and additional comments. Remember that you can click on the … Continue reading Sight and Touch, by Octavio Paz, Illustrated by Balthus, Limited Editions Club, 1995

My Sister Life, by Boris Pasternak, Limited Editions Club

Boris Pasternak (1890-1960) is one of the greatest Russian writers in history. His work titled My Sister Life, written in 1917 and first published in 1921, substantially revolutionized the course of Russian poetry, and remains one of the most influential Russian anthologies ever written.  Besides My Sister Life, Pasternak’s translation of the works of Shakespeare remains very popular in Russia and he is also known for translations … Continue reading My Sister Life, by Boris Pasternak, Limited Editions Club

A Review of Kafka’s Metamorphosis and Other Stories, Folio Society Edition & A Penal Colony, LEC Edition

{ed note, 9/17/2011:  added a description and pictures of the Limited Editions Club edition of Metamorphosis also). I recently received and read two volumes of Franz Kafka’s works.  The first, a 2010 edition by Folio Society, is Metamorphosis and Other Stories, which contains most of Kafka’s short stories along with his famous novella Metamorphosis.  It also contains In the Penal Colony, though for that story … Continue reading A Review of Kafka’s Metamorphosis and Other Stories, Folio Society Edition & A Penal Colony, LEC Edition