Letter from Birmingham City Jail, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Limited Editions Club

Letter from Birmingham City Jail is the next to last book published by the Limited Editions Club (LEC), book #588 (hopefully, someday, more will follow).  As stated in the LEC prospectus for this publication, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote this, one of America’s most important and eloquent documents, from the misery and privation of his Birmingham jail cell. The letter was originally written on April … Continue reading Letter from Birmingham City Jail, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Limited Editions Club

Cosi fan Tutte, by Lorenzo da Ponte, Music by Mozart, Illustrations by Balthus, Limited Editions Club

In my continuing series looking at the fantastic livre d’artiste publications of the Limited Editions Club (LEC), I next look at Cosi fan Tutte, an opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) first performed in 1790. The libretto was written by Lorenzo Da Ponte (1749-1848). The LEC edition was illustrated by Balthus. Così fan tutte essentially means “women are like that.” Like one would expect to … Continue reading Cosi fan Tutte, by Lorenzo da Ponte, Music by Mozart, Illustrations by Balthus, Limited Editions Club

The Man Who Planted Trees, by Jean Giono with Photogravures by Martine Franck, Limited Editions Club

The Man Who Planted Trees (L’homme qui plantait des arbres) is an allegorical tale of a shepherd’s extensive effort to  single-handedly cultivate a forest in an abandoned and desolate valley in the foothills of the Alps near Provence. The anonymous narrator is hiking in 1910 and gets lost, runs out of water, and is saved by a shepherd.  The shepherd tells him about his quest. The narrator leaves to go home, … Continue reading The Man Who Planted Trees, by Jean Giono with Photogravures by Martine Franck, Limited Editions Club