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About my libraryCollect Limited Editions Club, Arion Press, Allen Press, Yolla Bolly Press, Golden Cockeral, Gregynog and other fine private press books. As for LEC's, currently have about 500! Currently presses I collect are Arion, Barbarian, Nawakum, Deep Wood, Foolscap, Incline, Whittington, Bowler, Shanty Bay and others. Especially like all classics. Creator of fine press website Books and Vines at

GroupsEaston Press Collectors, Fine Press Forum, Folio Society devotees, George Macy devotees


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If that's agreeable I can ship it out via UPS tomorrow evening.
Dear Chris,
Dear Chris,
hi Busywine,

I see the picture with the year is not that good. Sorry about that. It was issued by the folio society in 1986.

The third picture is of the colophon info. this states that it was bound at the bath press, however not in what. So far as i can tell myself, the spine is of leather and the boards are cotton or linnen. I dont have a folio sixty to look it up.

Found this on librarything, i think its the folio sixty entry:
This edition was published in 1986, bound in quarter red leather (later, brown leather), cloth boards (green for vol.1, red for vol. 2, blue for vol.3) with a large fleuron in gold (missing in later reprints).Red or blue 3-vol. slipcase. The original text appears on the left-hand pages with the modern verse translation on the opposite right-hand pages. There are woodcuts or wood engravings by 12 different artists. Each tale is illustrated with one woodcut or wood engraving on the divisional title-page. There are 24 illustrations in total, 5 in vol. 1, 7 in vol. 2 and 12 in vol. 3. There is also an engraving by Sue Scullard on the endleaves of all 3 vols.
See for a full list of artists and a more detailed description of my copies, albeit of later impressions. (There were reprints in 1987, 1989 and 1990, all apparently with "the binding and typography smartened up. I have no complaints with my set.)

Hope this helps


hello Chris,

Hope you had a nice vacation. Where did you go?

Take all the time you need to post the canterbury tales. Its still a hobby after all.

My next book will probably be a LEC book as i have been seduced by them aswell. Most prominantly by you :).


You've got a bad link for theloneoakpress on books and vines - you've left on the prefix for your blog before the generic url. Also, you might want to add the Stone Street Press. Keep up the great work.

I posted this in the Folio Society "Faerie Queene Delivered" thread, but I instantly thought of you when I learned of this book's existence. Hopefully it is something that you may find interesting or useful.


Great I am glad you like them. I sent a couple to Sean (UK_History_Fan) and some of the books were damaged in transit so I was nervous about yours.
Anna Karenina was both published in 1933 and 1951. The 1933 version is exquisitely difficult to come by and was made in the USSR, which was its claim to fame much like Analects with the wood box was made in China. I will try to get you some pictures but please be patient as I have been out of town for 3 weeks and then when I come back I leave for another week for field training so please be patient.
Hello Chris,

For gullivers travels i already made some picture which you have posted on your site.

This weekend ill see if i can take some pictures of the miserables LE from folio society



Just received my copy of Heart of Darkness from the Chester River Press. Well wrapped and speedily delivered ($22.50 postage gratis). What a gorgeous volume! I almost bought this book at full price but to acquire it for only $375 is quite a deal. Thanks again for bringing this book to my notice and arranging a substantial discount on the purchase price.

Of course - go ahead. Sorry I did not get a chance to get back to you on your request for a photograph of the publication details. Unfortunately, I did not photograph this and have not had a chance to do so - sorry! But feel free to use the photos I have posted.

Hello busywine,

Good to hear people liked the Night Thoughts.

Ill try and take some pictures of the other LE's that i have.

Just got gullivers travels in. Dont know if you ordered it. If not ill take some pictures of that one.


I was able to get more photos uploaded today, so if you want to write it up, go ahead.

Hi Chris

Things have slowed down for a few days so I should be able to get them up this afternoon. Sorry for the delay. Things will slow down for a while in Jan and Feb, so then I will do some reviews of Arion Press and Genesis Publications books for you. The gems of modern publishing.

Hey busywine,

Finally got this all wrapped up and onto my blog - here's the link:

Thanks for the inspiration! :)
Hi Busywine

Thank you for assking me to write some reviews for you. The truth is that I am not going to get the time and I think I would probably not be a very good reviewer, so I will decline your kind offer. I hope you keep writing though - I think your blog is great.

All the best

Hi Chris,

What presses are you subscribed to now? I got the impression Barbarian, Arion, and maybe Foolscap. I'm subscribed to the first two and occasionally buy things from the other presses as well.

It will be the weekend before I am able to do the first one. I have been working a lot of extra hours, not much time for books the last couple of weeks. Do you want me to email pics to you, or put them on photobucket and you can download from there?

I can do any of them except Canterbury, as I haven't received a copy yet. Which do you want first?
Hi Chris, which titles were you thinking about? I've never been much of a book reviewer, but I can send you all the pics you want, or you can take the ones from here on the forum. If you want some nicer pics, I can do that. I'll set up a brighter stage and get some good ones. I can send a few thoughts along on each volume, although they do sometimes differ from some of the other posters here.
Love Willa, but my favorite is 'The Professor's House.'

RE Hiromshima, this is the LEC that got away...have been trying to acquire off and on for 20 years. It is magnificent in every way...Jacob Lawrence, Robert Penn Warren, and oh so gorgeous.

Congratulations to you and thank you for the subscription to that wonderful blog of yours!!
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Great job on the blog! I'm really digging that EP DLE of Midsummer Night's Dream. Keep it up!

Kind Regards,

Hello Chris - thanks for the messages.

Here is another link (that you may already know?)

The section titled 'Members' is a whole series of links to Private Presses around the world, with the best sections on America, Canada and the UK.

They produce an annual publication called 'Parenthesis' which some of the posters on the Fine Press forum subscribe to (Olepuppy is one of them) and it includes reviews of the books you have as well as reviews of the presses themselves, among many other articles.

I've been buying books 'off and on' for the last 30+ years. I 'trimmed' my collection about 5 years ago. I'm basically semi-retired now and only buy the odd book here and there.

Although Fine Press books are expensive I reckon that there are a lot worse things you could spend your money on.

I didn't realise you had that many LEC books. As I mentioned in an earlier message I wish I had known about them years ago. I've got quite a few Folio Society books (which I am very happy with) and I would just be duplicating the titles if I started buying LEC books. I am sure you know that you have already got many fine examples of the work of some of the most famous Private and Fine Presses by having an LEC collection.

I think the subscription you have taken out with The Arion Press is a good thing to do. You will get an interesting collection of books produced to the highest standards possible at an advantageous price. They are the only Press in the world just now with the expertise and facilities to be able to produce such a varied and sustantial collection. If I could afford it, I would take out a subscription tomorrow. It's a strange thing, but the USA publish some of the most poorly produced books, but when it comes to their Private Presses they produce some of the best books in the world and the Arion Press is right at the top.

One of the great things about LibraryThing is the knowledge we get from other members (including you now!). I sure you have come across Django who not only imparts encyclopaedic knowledge about the LEC, but some great stories as well - he strikes me as a man who could be the LEC Biographer. There is also Jveezer who seems to have similar tastes as you and is also an Arion subscriber (and Barbarian Press) and has a wonderful collection of books.

Anyway, I'm 'prattling' on now - enjoy collecting and I'll enjoy you're reviews on Books and Vines.

All the best,


Hello Chris,

looking at the photograph on your profile page, you appear to have an enviable collection of Easton/Franklin books and I've read your review of your Bowler Press and LEC books (Thank you). It looks like you have also got some Arion Press as well. If you are going to add some other Private Press books to your existing collection, you are going to have a (more) fabulous book collection. I hope you continue reviewing them on your blog for years to come. If you look down the messages on the Fine Press forum you will find a thread that gives the links for most of the Private Presses around now.

All the best,


(And yes - going down the Private Press road is disastrous for your finances as I am sure a purchaser of those wonderful, but very expensive Arion books already knows))


You're welcome. Yes, I've got some of the current books and the standard of book they produce is among the finest you can get today. They are tagged 'Gwasg Gregynog' on my profile page. I've not got the Goethe poems, but I recollect someone on the Fine Press site posting that they had got it recently - I have seen it and it is a beautifully printed (un-illustrated)elegant book. My favourite of the recent books is 'Mapping Golgotha' by Wilfred Owen. His poems from the first world war are renowned and the presentation of them in this book alongside the two-colour wood/lino-engravings of Harry Brockway is one of the best 'marriages' of text and image I have seen. This book has recently gone out-of-stock, but there are a few copies on ABE at, about, the same price it was selling for new and I would assume those copies would be in excellent condition as it is such a recent book.

One point - there are some Gregynog books from the past that are amongst the finest books ever produced from a Private Press (with prices to match!) and Gregynog books in general are wonderful, but the content of them is seldom full-length novels such as the LEC produced. Their attraction is in the very high (traditional) production standards and design and the illustrators they used (use). I knew little about the LEC until I joined LibraryThing and as I have found out more I am amazed at how many fabulous books they have produced to such high standards with a dazzling line-up of illustrators - and many of their volumes sell at, mystifyingly, low prices. If I had known about them 20/30 years ago I would have collected their books assiduously and got an example or two by the famous Private Presses along the way. If I was adopting that 'strategy' today I would get the Wilfred Owen book from Gwasg Gregynog.

All the best,

The third link on my message is incorrect. It should be
Like the 'Books and Vines' site!

All the best,

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Have it next to Kelmscott so you get an idea of the size.
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Beautiful cover. I've often wondered why they opted to not include an illustration of some sort?
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That is unbelievable!! I just started collecting and i mean JUST started. I hope to have a wonderful collection like that one day.
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