The Unknown Masterpiece, by Honoré de Balzac, Rampant Lions Press (1997)

Honoré de Balzac‘s classic short story The Unknown Masterpiece (Le Chef-d’œuvre inconnu), first published in 1831, is an interesting and thoughtful contemplation on art. An old painter named Frenhofer has mastered the techniques of the day, yet struggles to complete his own masterpiece which he has kept hidden from all other eyes. When a young artist (Poussin) offers his lover (Gillette) as a model, Frenhofer quickly completes … Continue reading The Unknown Masterpiece, by Honoré de Balzac, Rampant Lions Press (1997)

The Very Rich Hours of Le Boulvé , by Anthony Gross, Rampant Lions Press (1980)

The Very Rich Hours of Le Boulvé is a major Rampant Lions Press publication you have probably never heard of. The Press itself needs no introduction to fine and private press book collectors. It was founded in 1924 by Will Carter and published its first book in 1936. Will’s son Sebastian joined the Press full-time in 1966, becoming a partner in 1971 and taking over the business in 1991. … Continue reading The Very Rich Hours of Le Boulvé , by Anthony Gross, Rampant Lions Press (1980)

Daisy Miller, by Henry James, Limited Editions Club (1969), Heritage Press

{Ed. Note: Thanks to LibraryThing user UK_History_Fan for sending pictures of the Limited Editions Club (LEC) and Heritage Press (HP) editions, which I use below, as well as for his comments comparing the LEC and HP editions.} I often get asked to do more comparisons between Limited Edition Club (LEC) books and the Heritage Press (HP) and Easton Press (EP) books that sprang from them. It is … Continue reading Daisy Miller, by Henry James, Limited Editions Club (1969), Heritage Press

The Story of Cupid and Psyche, The Rampant Lions Press (and Clover Hill Editions), William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones Illustrations

{Ed. Note: This article and pictures are from Books and Vines contributor Celtic (Neil).}. The Rampant Lions Press was founded by Will Carter in 1924 and became a full-time private-press in 1949. Thanks to Will Carter (1912-2001) and his son Sebastian Carter (b.1941) the Rampant Lions Press had a long standing reputation as one of the best in the private press world and, by the … Continue reading The Story of Cupid and Psyche, The Rampant Lions Press (and Clover Hill Editions), William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones Illustrations