Paris France, by Gertrude Stein, Yolla Bolly Press (1999)

Paris France is a memoir of Gertrude Stein‘s life in France between the world wars. While Stein’s work can sometimes be nearly unreadable for those used to more standard fare, Carolyn and James Robertson, the proprietors of Yolla Bolly Press, found this work “eminently readable — humorous, poignant, and remarkably insightful.” In their letter announcing the publication of this work, the Robertson’s wrote: The automatic writing for which Stein is … Continue reading Paris France, by Gertrude Stein, Yolla Bolly Press (1999)

Books and Vines Turns One, & Pondering the Fine Press Market

Books and Vines has now been in existence one year, which seems to me a good enough reason for some celebration and reflection, as well as some pondering about the future of the site. While I would love to claim a huge and exciting vision in creating Books and Vines, frankly speaking it was mostly just me desiring an intellectual outlet having nothing to do … Continue reading Books and Vines Turns One, & Pondering the Fine Press Market

A Review of ‘Babette’s Feast’, by Isak Dinesen, The Yolla Bolly Press

There are few pleasures in life greater than high quality literature in a fine press edition, dining on excellent food and drinking world class wine. Managing to have a book that intellectually combines all three is a near miracle in my world, and dangerous to boot!  Dangerous?  Financially so, as the book is impossible to resist purchasing and while reading it, one is essentially forced … Continue reading A Review of ‘Babette’s Feast’, by Isak Dinesen, The Yolla Bolly Press

The Bread of Days, Samuel Beckett, Octavio Paz, Enrique Chagoya, Yolla Bolly Press (1994)

What do you get when you combine the high point of one of the top fine press book publishers of the last 50 years with a collaborative work including two Nobel Prize for Literature winners, one of the greatest Mexican born modernist painters in generations and eleven of Mexico’s greatest poets from the last five hundred years?  A unique and special livre d’artist of the … Continue reading The Bread of Days, Samuel Beckett, Octavio Paz, Enrique Chagoya, Yolla Bolly Press (1994)

The Man Who Made Wine, by J.M. Scott, Yolla Bolly Press, 1996

The Man Who Made Wine, published by The Yolla Bolly Press, is a beautiful little book with a story that resonates to all who have life memories intertwined with fine wine. Michel Rachelet, Maitre de Chai of Chateau La Tour – St. Vincent for the past 23 years, vigneron for more than a half century, is retiring.  After his retirement party, he finds himself alone, late at … Continue reading The Man Who Made Wine, by J.M. Scott, Yolla Bolly Press, 1996

Last Minute Christmas Shopping? Support the Fine Books Ecosystem!

I fully intend on keeping Books and Vines a non-sales site.  First, I am simply a buyer, reader, and lover of finely done classic literature.  I have no ‘skin in the game’ when it comes to buying or selling books.  Secondly, I am sure you all get bombarded with enough advertising and requests for you to spend money — I have no intent on ever … Continue reading Last Minute Christmas Shopping? Support the Fine Books Ecosystem!

My First Summer in the Sierra, by John Muir, Yolla Bolly Press

{Ed Note: This is the last installment from DlphcOracl looking at the wonderful work done by the Yolla Bolly Press.  In this article, we look at My First Summer in the Sierra, by John Muir.  Previous posts on Yolla Bolly Press are here, here and here.} John Muir (1838-1914) was born in Scotland and in 1849 his family emigrated to the United States, starting a farm in Wisconsin.  In 1864 … Continue reading My First Summer in the Sierra, by John Muir, Yolla Bolly Press