The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan, The Cresset Press & The Shakespeare Head Press (1928)

{Ed. Note: This article is courtesy of Books and Vines contributor Neil.} The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come is an enormously influential Christian allegory written by John Bunyan and published in 1678. It is considered one of the most significant and important works of English literature. Though regrettably it is seldom read now, for many years it was second only to The … Continue reading The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan, The Cresset Press & The Shakespeare Head Press (1928)

Inferno, by Dante Alighieri, Illustrations from William Blake, Folio Society, 1998

Months ago, Books and Vines took a look at Folio Society’s edition of Dante Alighieri‘s Purgatorio, illustrated by Salvador Dali. Since then, I have been looking for the sister books to this. FS published the Divine Comedy as three separate books, each with different illustrators (besides Dali’s Purgatorio, Inferno with illustrations by William Blake and Paradiso by Giovanni di Paolo). In my local book store, I stumbled on Inferno, which is now presented to you below. Any … Continue reading Inferno, by Dante Alighieri, Illustrations from William Blake, Folio Society, 1998

Night Thoughts, by Edward Young, Illustrations by William Blake, Folio Society Limited Edition

{Ed. Note:  Thanks to LibraryThing user Virion for sending me the pictures and colophon information below.  I have always been very interested in this Limited Edition from Folio Society, it is great to see so many pictures of it.} Folio Society (FS) produces some pretty spectacular books, especially their Limited Edition’s. Night Thoughts must rank up there as one of FS’s best editions ever produced. Fans of … Continue reading Night Thoughts, by Edward Young, Illustrations by William Blake, Folio Society Limited Edition

My Visit to Arion Press, Part Two – Art

A few days ago, I posted pictures of equipment used at Arion Press to create their wonderful books.  The pictures were taken at my visit to Arion Press in early September this year.  This next installment looks at some of the artwork hanging on the walls at Arion.  These pictures are mostly originals, done by artists they commission, for the illustrations of their books. Probably my … Continue reading My Visit to Arion Press, Part Two – Art