Reynard the Foxe, William Caxton Translation, The Kelmscott Press (1892)

Reynard the Foxe is the main character in a set of fables and stories stretching back nearly one thousand years, themselves often deriving from even older animal stories written in medieval Latin, mostly written by various (and often anonymous) authors across Europe. It is the most famous of beast epics, with animals playing human roles, a genre very popular in the early middle ages, especially as a means of satirizing the … Continue reading Reynard the Foxe, William Caxton Translation, The Kelmscott Press (1892)

The Dictes and Sayings of the Philosophers, Anthony Woodville, Lord Rivers, The Cranbrook Press (1901)

George Booth (1864-1949) was co-founder and editor of the Detroit Evening News, a noted philanthropist, and a passionate follower of the Arts and Crafts movement.  Booth founded the Cranbrook Press (named after a picturesque and idyllic small town in England where Booth’s father and grandfather were born) in 1900 with a purpose to “print a few books that would last for all time.”  Booth wrote in … Continue reading The Dictes and Sayings of the Philosophers, Anthony Woodville, Lord Rivers, The Cranbrook Press (1901)

The History of the Peloponnesian War, by Thucydides, Ashendene Press (1930)

The Ashendene Press was one of the great private presses of the early twentieth century. Their most famous works include Tutte le Opere di Dante Alighieri (1909, often considered with the Kelmscott Press Chaucer and Doves Press Bible as one of the three greatest private press books ever), and seven magnificent large folio’s: Malory’s Morte Darthur, Spenser’s Faerie Queen, Spenser’s Minor Poems, Boccaccio’s Decameron, Cervantes’s Don Quixote and the work reviewed here, Thucydides’s History of the Peloponnesian War. All … Continue reading The History of the Peloponnesian War, by Thucydides, Ashendene Press (1930)

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)

Psalmi Penitentiales, Kelmscott Press (1894); also Corvinus Press (1945)

{Ed. Note: See below the pictures of the Kelmscott Press edition, for newly added pictures and comments concerning the Penitential Psalms edition from the Corvinus Press from Books and Vines contributor Dlphcoracl.} The first Kelmscott Press work that I was lucky enough to add to my collection was Psalmi Penitentiales, published by William Morris in 1894. As stated in the colophon, this edition contains a: Rhymed version of … Continue reading Psalmi Penitentiales, Kelmscott Press (1894); also Corvinus Press (1945)

Odes of Horace, The Folio Society Limited Edition

{Ed. Note:  Thanks to Books and Vines contributor Dlphcorcl for the photo’s in this article.} The Folio Society (TFS) has always impressed me with their ‘standard’ publications. Usually in the $40-80 range, with a focus on classics old and new, FS books are produced in a manner much more thoughtful, creative and lasting than typical non-fine press trade books. However, it is their Limited Editions (LE) which are of emerging interest … Continue reading Odes of Horace, The Folio Society Limited Edition

The Seasons: Four Bagatelles, Barbarian Press (2013)

The Seasons: Four Bagatelles to Pass the Time of Year was envisoined by Crispin and Jen Elsted of Barbarian Press as “a small project for the press when two or three larger projects were still in preparation and some way from being ready to start, we set out to collect four little anthologies of favourite poems about the four seasons.” I was excited to get this set of four pamphlets, … Continue reading The Seasons: Four Bagatelles, Barbarian Press (2013)