Carmen, by Prosper Merimee, Limited Editions Club (1941)

Prosper Mérimée (1803-1870) was a French writer best known for Carmen, a splendid edition of which from the Limited Editions Club (LEC) being reviewed here. Mérimée was quite an accomplished man: he was fluent in five languages, he was the first translator of various works of Russian literature in France (including works from Pushkin,  Gogol and  Turgenev), and was an accomplished archaeologist and historian. Mérimée wrote Carmen in 1845 and it was published in that same year. It became the basis of Bizet‘s … Continue reading Carmen, by Prosper Merimee, Limited Editions Club (1941)

The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer, 1934 (George W. Jones) & 1946 (Arthur Szyk) editions from The Limited Editions Club

Geoffrey Chaucer‘s The Canterbury Tales is not only the first great classic of the English language, it remains one of the greatest works in all of literature. To have not read The Canterbury Tales is a true injustice to civilization itself, as for such a work to be bequeathed to us and remain unread by anyone considering themselves cultured is an affront to decency itself! Okay, seriously, not only is … Continue reading The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer, 1934 (George W. Jones) & 1946 (Arthur Szyk) editions from The Limited Editions Club

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, by Edward Gibbon, Limited Editions Club (1946)

1776 is one of the most monumental years in the history of the Western World. Thomas Jefferson and his fellow ‘Founding Fathers‘ transformed the world with the Declaration of Independence, helped on by Common Sense and The American Crisis from Thomas Paine (both first published in 1776). Adam Smith‘s The Wealth of Nations, which was to have almost as big of an impact on the human condition as the Declaration of Independence, … Continue reading The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, by Edward Gibbon, Limited Editions Club (1946)

The Praise of Folly, by Desiderius Erasmus, Limited Editions Club (1943), also Essex House Press (1901)

[5/15/2015 Ed Note: Added some information and pictures of an edition from 1901 of The Praise of Folly from Essex House Press, thanks to Books and Vines Contributor Dlphcoracl. Scroll of the bottom of the article, past the LEC pictures.] I have not enjoyed a book more, certainly if enjoyment is measured by the amount of times I laughed out loud, than that of the … Continue reading The Praise of Folly, by Desiderius Erasmus, Limited Editions Club (1943), also Essex House Press (1901)

Titus Andronicus, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939)

Titus Andronicus is unlike any other Shakespeare play and, as such, there has always been much historical controversy about the extent of his authorship of it. The tragedy is believed to have been written between 1588 and 1593 and is likely Shakespeare’s first tragedy. Besides being one of his earliest plays, it has historically been one of the least respected with many critics feeling that if it … Continue reading Titus Andronicus, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939)

Richard III, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1940)

{Ed. Note: This is next in a series taking a look at the famous and important Bruce Rogers designed 37 volume The Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies of William Shakespeare, published by the Limited Editions Club (LEC) in 1939 and 1940.} Richard III, the second longest play of Shakespeare’s, is classified as a history in the First Folio (though sometimes grouped in his tragedies), and concludes Shakespeare’s first tetralogy (along with Henry VI parts 1–3). It is believed to have … Continue reading Richard III, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1940)