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Aug 7, 2011, 7:14pm Top

Folio's Metamorphosis and Other Stories (along with LEC's In the Penal Colony) by Kafka. Plenty of pictures of each. As always very interested on your thoughts of the books and of the editions!




Aug 11, 2011, 3:54pm Top

Thanks busywine - I'm really enjoying your blog! Thanks also for all the photos you post, as they help give a better sense of the books, than what FS or other publishers put up on their website.

Aug 11, 2011, 7:58pm Top

> you are welcome! Yes, I wish they did more posting of pictures. I really think a bit extra work on their end would really pay off for them.

Aug 12, 2011, 4:17am Top

> 1

I've subscribed to your blog. Excellent work! Thanks.

Aug 12, 2011, 6:21am Top

Excellent review and website. I have bookmarked your blog. I agree with your conclusions on Kafka. I do like him - but he is quite depressing and needs to be read in small doses.

Aug 12, 2011, 2:14pm Top

>2 ParadigmTree:, 4, 5 Thanks! I really do appreciate it.

Aug 19, 2011, 7:17pm Top

Hi All, just added a review and pictures of First Love by Ivan Turgenev, Folio Society edition.




Aug 20, 2011, 6:17am Top

Thanks, busywine!

Now I am very tempted, indeed.

*checks bank account balance*

Aug 26, 2011, 5:35am Top

>8 Ephemeralda:

Don't forget the brand new matching volume One the Eve ;)


Great pictures and review as always busywine! If only you could do one for every LEC and Folio Society book, it'd help tremendously with my decisions...

Edited: Aug 26, 2011, 7:40am Top

And your 5 cents on Pensées :)

after all it may have a weird charm as Brave New World :-/

Aug 26, 2011, 11:44am Top

>9 LipstickAndAviators:, yes, I have been staring at On the Eve for a week now, sitting in my folio shopping cart, but have not pulled the trigger yet! I am wiped out with the new Arion release hitting my CC in the next week or so; an older Arion just bought second hand and still paying off the LEC Shakespeare set! I have asked my kids to take my CC and hide it, how is that for reverse roles! :-)

>10 P3p3_Pr4ts:, I actually got the FS Pensees a month or so back, it is sitting on my shelf staring at me! Have you ever read it (or anyone here read it)? I hope it does have a weird charm to it....am afraid currently I am probably not getting to it for a while, behind a half dozen others on my list to churn through.

Aug 26, 2011, 11:26pm Top

Hi All, latest review and pictures up on Books and Vines, this time Moby Dick, the Limited Edition from Folio Society.




Aug 27, 2011, 4:40am Top

I too have just subscribed. I do so enjoy your blog and the pictures are beautiful. Where is the long hallway at the top of the page located?

Aug 27, 2011, 5:22am Top

Yes, thank for the interesting blog, it helps and influences a lot my choice of LE. My Moby Dick is marked "despatched", I will probably harass the local post office until it is delivered...

13: Versailles?

Aug 27, 2011, 10:31am Top

> 14
Versailles seems like a good candidate. But I have never been so only going by pictures.

Edited: Aug 27, 2011, 10:58am Top

>15 UK_History_Fan:

La Galerie des Cotelle, Le Grand Trianon, Versailles.

Edited: Aug 27, 2011, 10:58am Top

> 15

La Galerie des Cotelle, Le Grand Trianon, Versailles.

Edited: Aug 27, 2011, 11:12am Top

Aug 27, 2011, 12:20pm Top

Wow, I like it even better in color, thanks Maretzo. But I wonder why the pictures were thought safe in all the sunlight!

Aug 27, 2011, 12:54pm Top

> 18 great photo there, much nicer than the B&W... not a bad hallway!

Edited: Aug 28, 2011, 2:59am Top

>20 busywine:

I am a big fan of BW and symmetric perspectives, so the pic of your blog is most interesting. Although I find the content to be conducive to large spending!!

Aug 28, 2011, 7:26am Top

busywine, great blog and love the reviews - I am hanging out to read your comments on wine! BTW, when did FS publish first love - i can't quite make out the date in your picture.

Aug 28, 2011, 2:11pm Top

>21 Maretzo: and 22, thanks so much! Maretzo, hoping someone else can join me in the poor-house, surrounded by books!

rdurie, 2011

Aug 28, 2011, 2:46pm Top

I am a huge fan of Books and Vines but you already know that Busywine.

Just read the Moby Dick (fabulous) and shall catch up on all others.

I too agree that this blog does have a tremendous effect upon my book spending, but it's all good and helpful too.

Edited: Aug 28, 2011, 10:28pm Top

11, I have read the Pensees, (but undecided about the FS edition.. guess I just need some enabling..)...It's great lit. The work of a genius; incredibly precise. But unrecommended reading if in low spirits; you may head up to the nearest convent and ask for admission. In fact a moderate use of your well provided cellar will surely help in keeping some perspective on this world of sin etc, etc. :-)

Aug 28, 2011, 11:19pm Top

Great blog. The Folio Society edition of Moby Dick is well worth the money. Great write up.

Aug 28, 2011, 11:56pm Top

>24 Texaco:,26, thanks again all of you...makes it easier to spend the time on it when it feels some actually browse through it!
>25 P3p3_Pr4ts:, now you have me quite interested! Since I tend to be a bit morose, I suppose a more than moderate amount of vino should be planned when I crack that covers of that one! Thanks for the warning!

Edited: Aug 29, 2011, 4:04am Top

>23 busywine:
Oh Yes! I would be happy to add your collection of Arion, Bowler, Barbarian and others to my few FS, EP and LEC !!!

Sep 1, 2011, 2:14am Top

Hi All, just added a bunch of pictures of Folio's Kelmscott Chaucer.




Sep 1, 2011, 12:07pm Top

Busywine, I saw your review and although I agreed with most of your points I don't think you have yet had the opportunity to make a fair comparison of the "best" version of the Kelmscott Chaucer issued by both FS and EP. To wit, there was a deluxe, 1000-copy limited-edition version of the FS Kelmscott Chaucer issued in 2002 with a Nigerian goatskin binding that is a knock-out. It was that LE, more than anything, which is responsible for my raging FS addiction.

Sep 1, 2011, 1:18pm Top

>30 podaniel:, Hi podaniel, yep, I actually mention that same thing in my review....one of the last paragraph's so you can be forgiven for missing that as only a glutton for punishment can probably get through that much of my writing! :-)

"Also, in fairness, in 2002 Folio Society produced a leather bound limited edition (limited to 1000 copies) of the Kelmscott, which by all accounts is stunning and is probably the more appropriate comparison to the EP edition. Someone with a copy of that, I would love to hear your thoughts and see some pictures."

Sep 1, 2011, 7:53pm Top

> 29, 30, 31

A great read busywine, as ever!

For your information, here are 21 images of the Folio Society Kelmscott Chaucer LE of 2002:


(Place the cursor over the image and click on the right arrow to proceed.)

Sep 2, 2011, 7:36am Top

>32 boldface:

Wow, I wish I was a member back when the Kelmscott Chaucer LE was published... Absolutely beautiful! I definitely would have grabbed this if I had the chance.

Sep 2, 2011, 9:33am Top

> 32

Stunning book and pictures. Thanks, boldface. Splendiferousness is defined by the existence of this facsimile.

Sep 2, 2011, 11:08am Top

Wow, stunning! >32 boldface:, do you mind if I put a link in my review to these?

Sep 5, 2011, 9:40am Top

> 35

No problem, busywine. Please do. Glad you like them!

Sep 5, 2011, 11:32am Top

> 36

Beautiful. So sad I missed out on that one. It looks by far the nicest FS LE to date.

Sep 5, 2011, 12:43pm Top

>36 boldface:, thanks! Added a link to this.

Sep 17, 2011, 7:06pm Top

Cross post from George Macy Devotees, so sorry for those on both.

Added pictures and a description of the 1984 LEC version of Kafka's Metamorphosis to my previous Folio Society review (for comparison), at:


Oct 4, 2011, 7:08pm Top

Just posted a bunch of pictures and short review of Folio's Pensees, by Pascal.




Oct 6, 2011, 3:16am Top

>40 busywine: Wow , thanks! really worth owning with those pictures inside.

Oct 6, 2011, 5:35am Top

Wow, had not realised it looked so good, you should be on commission from FS :-)

Oct 6, 2011, 9:07am Top

>40 busywine: I have FS's Pensees and agree that it's definitely a "sleeper" worth owning. Thanks for the interesting post (I'm almost tempted to print it and put it in my copy).

Oct 6, 2011, 10:12am Top

Thanks all! It really is a pretty nice edition, I am a fan of the illustrations, and the content will be pretty interesting to read through when in a deeply, contemplative mood!

Oct 10, 2011, 10:56pm Top

Hi All, posted a review today of Beowulf from Folio Society, written by ParadigmTree. Excellent job ParadigmTree, and what a beautiful book!




Oct 11, 2011, 1:59am Top

> 45

Superb review and photographs.

Oct 11, 2011, 8:49am Top

>45 busywine:

Ah, Beowulf! Without question my favorite recent (past 12 months) acquisition.

Oct 11, 2011, 3:37pm Top

> 45, 46, 47 - Thanks for the kind words :)

Oct 11, 2011, 5:25pm Top

Such a gorgeous book, my thanks to ParadigmTree (and Busywine) for this excellent review!!

Oct 26, 2011, 12:04am Top

Thanks to ParadigmTree, a review and lots of pictures of the FS edition of Dante Alighieri‘s Purgatorio, with illustrations by Salvador Dali, has been added to books and vines.




Oct 26, 2011, 3:13am Top

> 50
Great review! I have been interested in these books (all 3 in the Divine Comedy by Folio) but given their high price (both originally and second hand) I have wanted to know more about them. Any chance you can elicit reviews for Inferno and Paradisio?

Not sure how I feel about Dali's art. It is a bit too modern and abstract for my taste. But I certainly can appreciate it's historical importance. It is certainly no more disturbing the Mandelbaum illustrations in the Easton Press 3 volume set from the early 2000s.

Oct 26, 2011, 1:09pm Top

> 51 - Thanks! I would also love to see a review for Inferno and Paradiso. Unfortunately I don't have either of those volumes, otherwise I would offer to do so. I'm particularily interested in Paradiso, as I'm not very familiar with Di Paolo's illustrations.

Any FS devotees want to volunteer?

Oct 26, 2011, 3:36pm Top

Yes, would love to post some pictures and edition info...anyone has it let me know.

Oct 31, 2011, 9:09am Top

Some evidence that the Folio Society mole is lurking....

The FolioSociety twitter person recommended the Purgatorio review!

Oct 31, 2011, 10:47am Top


Oct 31, 2011, 2:09pm Top

That is great, love to get all the traffic Books and Vines can get. The page views of Purgatorio are definitely well up today. Still hoping someone can chime in here with info and pics on Inferno and Paradiso, which I would love to post.

Nov 1, 2011, 2:56am Top

Hi All, on the same theme as >56 busywine:, I would like to get a greater inflow of Folio Society books up on Books and Vines. Be it LE's (which would be great) or regular editions, postings on FS editions tend to attract large volumes of page views, which clearly means people are interested in these! If you have some pictures and colophon info you can share with me, please PM me so I can get them posted, obviously giving you credit!

Nov 1, 2011, 4:48am Top

>57 busywine:

I have posted some FS books on my blog http://profile.typepad.com/foliosocietybooks This is mainly early FS books (I'm trying to collect the 1st 100) but there are a couple of more recent ones if of any interest.

The appearance of the blog is much more "rustic" than yours, but it is mainly for my own record rather than crowd attracter. If any of the books are of interest to your site then feel free to let me know, and I can upload some illustrations and other stuff to you.

I do have the first FS "LE", though not labelled as such. This is The Earliest Chemical Industry , published in 1948 in an numbered edition of 1,100. It does have some magnificent colour plates in it, so if that's of interest I could send some photos on.

Nov 1, 2011, 7:28am Top

I have some pictures of the FS Letterpress Shakespeare Macbeth on my blog http://faiselk.WordPress.com taken original by BorisG

I'm on an iPhone now so I can't give a link directly but I'm sure can find it

Nov 7, 2011, 2:49am Top

Thanks to Virion, pictures and a quick review of Night Thoughts, the spectacular FS limited edition is now up at Books and Vines.




Nov 7, 2011, 9:13am Top

>60 busywine:

Very good. I enjoyed your review of Barnaby Rudge, as well.

Edited: Nov 7, 2011, 10:10am Top

Ah, Night Thoughts! The book that has compelled half the board to skip their mortgage payments.

I feel very fortunate that the Night Thoughts bug hasn't bit me. The book looks fabulous and I admire Blake, but a few dozen watercolours are enough to satisfy me. 537 seems excessive...and the price!

Nov 7, 2011, 11:42am Top

>62 menteith:, Oh yes, I think we all remember that frenzy! I'm quite happy I didn't cave in. I have no place for such a large production. And I would under no circumstance hide this book under my bed, wink, wink!

Nov 7, 2011, 11:53am Top

I use it as a bed.

Nov 7, 2011, 2:01pm Top

>64 boldface: I thought the hobbit already do! :-)

Nov 7, 2011, 4:15pm Top

Of all the FS LEs I have seen (although most not in person), I would say that this one takes the cake. It's also the only edition of Night Thoughts ever printed in color. Blake was a genuis, and Night Thoughts is a classic, so together you're getting something truly special. Yeah, very steep price, but then again, it's basically the same price as the Arion Press Sappho, and I assure you that the Blake images are far far superior (in my opinon, of course :)

Nov 7, 2011, 8:21pm Top

I couldn't tell by write up, is the FS version letterpress or just the original?

Nov 7, 2011, 9:40pm Top

67: Blake illustrated his books using watercolor. So none of his books were ever originally letterpress, and I think the FS Night Thoughts is a high-quality facsimile. In other words, it's not letterpress, and in this case a letterpress would be farther removed from the original. Hope that makes sense :)

Edited: Nov 7, 2011, 9:42pm Top

By the way, very nice review, and that first picture with the black computer screen and Night Thoughts below reminds me of the monolith from 2001 :)

Nov 7, 2011, 11:58pm Top

Apologize for cross posting on a couple groups, but wanted to mention a new post, a look at the first four months of books and vines, especially to thank you all that have contributed and who humor me by tolerating visits to the site!




Nov 8, 2011, 11:28am Top

Wonderful busywine! I have to say I'm stunned by how much work you are able to put into the site given your other committments. Makes me tired just thinking about it.

Congrats on hitting the 4 month mark. Truelly amazing how much content you have been able to post in such a short time.

Edited: Nov 8, 2011, 1:54pm Top

Keep up the good job! I always enjoy your reviews, although they are the sources of numerous spending sprees! I was never disappointed by your opinion. I particularly enjoy the "Phisicke against fortune, which the touching gives me a almost sensual pleasure. I bought several other books, based on your reviews: Arion's Albee, Aucassin and Nicolete, FS Moby Dick, etc.. I do not give up on the Don Quixote, I need to sell my car first...

Nov 8, 2011, 12:50pm Top

>71 ParadigmTree:, 72, thanks!!! I just love "Phisicke against Fortune", Foolscap did such a marvelous job on that one. Don't tell me kid, but I bought Don Quixote by trading in his college savings account. :-)

Nov 8, 2011, 1:54pm Top

Chris: Since I gave up on subscribing to Arion, does it make sense to purchase Don Quixote Vol I only?

Nov 8, 2011, 6:10pm Top

Hi Maretzo, I don't think so, though I suppose it depends on your objective. Perhaps you can see in a month what their book plans are for 2012 -- if it looks like something interesting and not crazy expensive, it would probably be worth subscribing just to get the 30% off Quixote.

Edited: Nov 9, 2011, 9:13am Top

LOVE Books and Vine and never miss an edition.

Keep up the good work and congratulations on a very fine publication.

Nov 9, 2011, 11:25am Top

>75 busywine:

Subscribing means to spend $5700, because you have to buy all the books published in 2010 and 2011 from DQ1 to Sapho.
With regard to my comment on Vol 1, I noticed that usually only the vol 1 is read, e.g. EP Harvard series include only vol. 1!

Nov 9, 2011, 11:59am Top

> 77

Not at all, Maretzo! A full understanding of Don Quixote requires that both Part I and Part II be read, even if they were published with a decade difference. It is considered one novel. Another thing is that translators and/or publishers may also take a decade or more to complete the job... (Some readers take even longer or abandon along the way but, alas, Don Quixote demands patience and some feeling for the intrinsic qualities of the work, not always apparent in translation.)

Nov 9, 2011, 2:43pm Top

>76 Texaco:, thanks Texaco!
>77 Maretzo:, agree with 78, I think in this case, it really is one novel.

Nov 9, 2011, 2:58pm Top

>76 Texaco:, also, I thought you just had to To initiate their subscription, new subscribers are asked to purchase all books in the current year’s subscription series, plus the previous year’s subscription series. Would that mean subscribe after one book in 2012, then you would just need to buy the 2011 books (and commit to the 2012). Assuming that is true, that would be Sappho, A Delicate Balance, The Sundial, and South of Heaven...those 4 being $3250 - 30% ==$2275....plus whatever the first book in 2012 is. Of course, you are correct, if DQ is what you really want, that would be another $2800.

No question it is $$$, but the 30% really helps. :-)

Nov 10, 2011, 6:00am Top

>78 drasvola: I'm currently trying to work my way slowly through Book 2 after reading Book1 art least twice in the last 10 years. Much as I love it , it does get very tedious at times. I read a few pages, leave it down , read something else , and then try again a day or so later.

Nov 10, 2011, 6:12am Top

> 81

I know what you mean. It's not a straight line narrative. There are side stories, digressions and minute descriptions with many allusions --literary, traditional, cultural-- that require attention and slow reading. But the rewards are worth it. A masterpiece of imagination full of humanity and a treasure of humour together with wisdom that enriches the reader. I won't go so far as saying that a Spanish background is needed, but it certainly helps.

Nov 10, 2011, 6:16am Top

>82 drasvola:

I loved Don Quixote. There was one point with a long side story where it did get tedious, but I only remember being frustrated about it once. On the other hand, there were many times where reading Moby Dick I just wanted to scream at Ahab (during one of his monologues) "get on with it!"

Edited: Nov 10, 2011, 11:15am Top

> 83

Yes, you are so right! It was a purely conventional device at the time for the narrative to be interrupted with someone starting another "thread" or story (come to think of it, we do it here all the time!). It's necessary to take in the whole "arc" (as it is common nowadays to say) in order to judge the scope of what Cervantes writes. As with all the classics, discoveries never end. That is the reason why the whole book has to be read...

Nov 13, 2011, 3:24pm Top

A look at the FS LE of Gulliver's Travels is up on Books and Vines. Pictures and colophon info from Virion.




Nov 14, 2011, 9:23pm Top

>85 busywine:

Excellent! I've been eager to get a better look at Gulliver, and today I suddenly find two separate posts with photos of it (the other being from friso_geerlings in the Birds of Paradise thread)!

Nov 15, 2011, 7:02am Top

85: beautiful book! Thanks to Virion for the pics and info.

By the way, is it bad of me to look at Illustration 4 and think "I really hope he's enjoying himself, lucky bastard"... :)

Nov 17, 2011, 1:29pm Top

Just added a review of The Consolation of Philosophy, by Boethius, Folio Society




Nov 18, 2011, 4:55pm Top

88 review retweeted by the FS

kudos and you maybe should ask for a comission indeed :-)


Nov 21, 2011, 2:27pm Top

A review from ParadigmTree, East of the Sun and West of the Moon, Folio Society from 2000.




Nov 21, 2011, 8:06pm Top

Thanks to both of you for the review. This is indeed a beautiful book. Why has the FS never reprinted it?

Nov 21, 2011, 8:54pm Top

The book certainly is beautiful from the illustration and design points of view, but the stories themselves didn't do much for me at all.

Nov 24, 2011, 11:04pm Top

Pictures and comments on Folio's LE of The Holy Land and Egypt and Nubia are now up at books and vines. Pictures courtesy of LT user friso_geerlings.




Nov 27, 2011, 10:12pm Top

A look at the new FS edition of Bhagavad Gita is now up on Books and Vines. Pictures and colophon information courtesy of ParadigmTree.




Nov 28, 2011, 3:53am Top

> 94 That is absolutely stunning. Thank you both!

Nov 29, 2011, 5:46pm Top

> 92 - I agree in terms of the illustrations being more of a draw than the actual stories. That being said, I do enjoy them - I just have to be in the right mood.

> 95 - It is a really beautiful book. It looks much better in reality than on the FS website.

Dec 14, 2011, 2:35am Top

For those of you with interest in Robert Falcon Scott and his Antarctic expeditions, of which Folio Society is working on a complete facsimile of South Polar Times, the in-house magazine of Captain Scott’s Antarctic expeditions....

To help get you in the mode to save for that upcoming FS edition(!), Books and Vines has an article up on 'The Voyage of the Discovery', by Robert Falcon Scott, Signed First Edition from 1905.




Dec 14, 2011, 9:13pm Top

> 97

Wonderful! I love the maps.

Dec 27, 2011, 11:57am Top

A look at The Faerie Queen, LEC, FS LE and EP editions is now up on Books and Vines.




Jan 1, 2012, 12:32pm Top

A review of Bleak House, by Charles Dickens, Folio Society, is up on Books and Vines.




Jan 5, 2012, 6:24pm Top

A review of Ivan Turgenev's 'On the Eve', Folio Society 2011 edition, is now up on Books and Vines.




Jan 5, 2012, 7:19pm Top

The two Turgenevs are very nice. Time to add them to my list. Do I wait for 'On the Eve' to appear in a future sale?

Jan 6, 2012, 7:23am Top

>101 busywine: ack, spoiler alert - I wish I'd known (haven't finished reading it yet). But interesting review, busywine. Does it really say "she faxed at him"? whatever does that mean?

Edited: Jan 6, 2012, 3:20pm Top

>103 overthemoon:, good catch. Auto replace foils the lazy editor again! Fixed. Sorry for the spoiler, will warn from now on.

Jan 6, 2012, 2:30pm Top

... and I'll read the reviews when I've finished the book ;-)

Jan 6, 2012, 4:35pm Top

From dlphcoracl, a look at three excellent FS books from long ago, Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allen Poe from 1957, Five Japanese Love Stories by Ihara Saikaku from 1958 and The Golden Ass by Lucius Apulius from 1960. These are must see!




Jan 9, 2012, 12:40am Top

A look at the FS Limited Edition of Virgil's Aeneid, along with the EP 100 Greatest edition. Thanks to Librarything user Virion for pictures from the FS edition.




Jan 19, 2012, 6:50pm Top

A review of Graham Greene's The HUman factor, FS edition from 2008, is up on Books and Vines.




Jan 21, 2012, 12:26pm Top

Hi all, just posted a Dylan Thomas book from Melville Press on Books and Vines. Makes me wonder, are there any good, older FS books of Thomas?


Edited: Jan 21, 2012, 4:01pm Top

The only Thomas FS has published that I am aware of is his play for voices, Under Milkwood, in 1972. It was reprinted in the early 90s. It is a beautiful, beautiful thing to read, and I've seen copies of both editions appear regularly on the secondhand market. I'd love to have a Folio edition, but, my ultimate FS disappointment strikes, it's a favourite text with illustrations I cannot abide. I can't for the life of me remember the artist's name, but they were stone lithographs. I'd love FS to do a volume of his poetry or short stories.

ETA Thanks for that review, beautiful book! And a great blog too, it's wonderful to be able to see all those marvellous books I can't imagine encountering in real life.

Jan 21, 2012, 6:18pm Top

>110 letterpress:, thanks! Agree, would be great for FS to do a volume of his poetry; I should have mentioned that in the survey they sent all of us!

Edited: Jan 21, 2012, 6:53pm Top

> 106 Thanks for the reviews of those old FS books. I'm becoming a big fan of Michael Ayrton's illustrations, and I loved the Poe dustcover. I've actually got a copy of the FS Golden Ass - sold without a slip-case, or rather rattling about in a different book's slip-case, which was too big for it.

Jan 21, 2012, 6:46pm Top

>112 housefulofpaper:, I agree, I hope dlphcoracl has a few more that we can all look at! :-)

Jan 21, 2012, 6:47pm Top

>110 letterpress: A very pretty volume with lithographs by Ceri Richards. Though, at times, the illustrations do remind me of Harold and the Purple Crayon.

Jan 23, 2012, 1:11am Top

>110 letterpress:.

On the whole I'm glad I bought the Folio Under Milk Wood back in the seventies, but I agree entirely about the illustrations. Maybe this is a work that should have been left unillustrated: it was a radio play after all, and (as many people have said), radio always has the best pictures.

Edited: Jan 26, 2012, 1:24am Top

Posted a review of three vintage Folio Society books, from dlphcoracl. The School for Scandal from 1949, The Importance of Being Earnest from 1960, and Cheri from 1963. All wonderful.




Feb 2, 2012, 6:38pm Top

Added a new menu item on the Books and Vines home page called 'News', where I will attempt to keep you abreast of the latest plans (or rumors of plans) from various fine press producers. The initial posting today includes news from Barbarian Press, Bowler Press, Hand and Eye Letterpress, The Old School Press, Peter Koch Printers and Chester River Press. I will let you know when anything of interest gets posted. You all are much quicker than me at hearing FS news, but please let me know when you hear news of what is coming, and I will add it.




Feb 5, 2012, 12:55pm Top

A review of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'This Side of Paradise', from the Folio Society, is up on Books and Vines.




Feb 19, 2012, 1:48pm Top

An article, Why Read Classics, is up on Books and Vines.


Feb 20, 2012, 2:06am Top

A look at the FS LE of Les Miserables is up on Books and Vines. Thanks to Virion for the pictures.




Feb 29, 2012, 2:08pm Top

A look at Inferno, by Dante Alighieri, Illustrations from William Blake, Folio Society, 1998, is up on Books and Vines.




Mar 7, 2012, 5:09pm Top

Hi All, Books and Vines will be down for a handful of days (perhaps a week) as I flush out some administrative issues with the site. Thanks!

Mar 7, 2012, 8:30pm Top

I should mention, it will take you to books and vines, if you go to the website, but will ask you for a username and password. So effectively it is down until I bring it back up!

Apr 8, 2012, 12:55pm Top

Not book related, but 'vines' related...reviews of the last couple months of wine tastings, excellent matches with FS books and spring!


Apr 18, 2012, 12:25pm Top

A look at Japan, Described and Illustrated by the Japanese, the latest Limited Edition from Folio Society, is up on Books and Vines.




May 9, 2012, 1:35pm Top

For those who care, April wine tasting notes are now up on Books and Vines.


May 9, 2012, 3:12pm Top

>126 busywine:

I just bought a couple bottles of Le Petit Roy thanks to your suggestion! At $15 a bottle, how could I resist?

May 9, 2012, 11:51pm Top

>127 britchey:, I am anxious to hear your impression of it, again especially in relation to $15. May not be a Chave, Chapoutier or Rayas, but for 10% of the cost, it rocks, especially with food. Served at about 60-65, after giving it a couple weeks to get over any bottle shock, and it will not disappoint! (I hope!)

May 10, 2012, 7:02am Top

>127 britchey:
after giving it a couple weeks to get over any bottle shock,
any bottles that come into my house are lucky to last a couple of hours , definitely not weeks !

May 10, 2012, 7:11am Top

>126 busywine:-129

I just hope I can find some. It might be easy in a big city, but French wines aren't so plentiful out here in South Dakota.

Edited: May 10, 2012, 11:28am Top

>130 coynedj:

I gave up trying to find the wines I want locally, and I live near a big city. Maybe I'm too particular, but they never seem to have what I want.

Internet is the way to go, at least until things warm up and it's too hot to ship. I'm familiar with the place where (I believe) busywine got the Le Petit Roy, and they have a great selection.

May 10, 2012, 12:31pm Top

>131 menteith:
I ordered Le Petit Roy from Woodland Hills Wine Co. They shipped it the same day, within hours of placing my order.

May 10, 2012, 12:34pm Top

>132 britchey:

Yeah, they are good. Nice Champagne selection, among other things. It's a shame I'm on the East Coast and have to wait for the delivery.

May 10, 2012, 1:01pm Top

>131 menteith:, I am certain your guess is right! Also, I agree, internet is the way to go. Have literallybought over a thousand bottles via internet sellers over the last five years, really never any issues (being in Phoenix, I just have to avoid shipping April-Oct). I do like Woodland Hills, Vinfolio and K&L in California (and have also bought a lot from Premier Cru,never with issues). Flickinger's in Chicago is good. Zachy's in NY has a good selection, though pricing is not as good as others. McArthurs/Basins in D.C. is also pretty good.

May 10, 2012, 1:10pm Top

Since my local liquor store is K&L, I'm not thrilled with the growth of internet sales. There was a lot better selection and pricing before they became big online.

May 10, 2012, 1:32pm Top

> 131-134

Nobody ships to South Dakota, due to antediluvian state laws. When I moved to this state I saw a button that said "Welcome to South Dakota - please remember to set your watch back 30 years". Little did I know how accurate that was.

May 10, 2012, 1:35pm Top

>136 coynedj:, all to true for many states...just crazy nanny state, protectionist crap that makes buying wine form out of state more difficult than buying illegal drugs!

Edited: May 10, 2012, 2:14pm Top

>134 busywine:

Your list is nearly identical to mine. In my experience, premiercru has the best futures deals, especially on Burgundy and Chateauneuf.

I would also add in Hi Time Wine, which is a must if you are a bubblehead.

McArthurs will be the store I go to over the summer. They are pretty good. Sometimes they have what I want, sometimes not, but I usually walk out with something I hadn't gone in for.

May 10, 2012, 2:21pm Top

I must add that I do get to the Twin Cities every few weeks and load up there, to the point where my cellar now has about 200 bottles in it. Next time through, I'll have to check and see if I can find any to add to the stock!

May 10, 2012, 2:23pm Top

>137 busywine:

Protecting the numerous South Dakota vintners, I'm sure. :-)

OK, and the liquor stores.

May 10, 2012, 2:29pm Top

>140 coynedj:, usually the protection is of the distributors in the state, which essentially have a racket as no competition is allowed.

May 10, 2012, 3:16pm Top

As someone new to ordering wine online, it never crossed my mind that temperatures during shipment might impact the quality. Was it a bad idea to have wine shipped from California to Chicago in the middle of May via UPS Ground? Will be 6 days in transit.

May 10, 2012, 4:06pm Top

Really depends on the weather in route....generally good to avoid shipping if it is going to be subjected to constant 80+ temperatures for days on end. 90+ definitely not good! Most of the big wine retailers actually check and will not ship, or at least will warn you, if the weather indicates they should not ship.

May 20, 2012, 9:23pm Top

A wine primer, a quick course in anything and everything to know about wine is up on Books and Vines. :-)


May 21, 2012, 7:23am Top

>144 busywine:. Love the post.

Edited: May 23, 2012, 7:05pm Top

For anyone who likes travel in Mexico (despite everything!), an article on a recent visit to Rocky Point, is up on Books and Vines.


May 26, 2012, 1:17am Top

An earlier article on the Arion Press and Doves Press Bibles has been updated, with pictures and edition information on the Folio Society Bible with the Apocrypha, King James Version, and also the Diamond Jubilee Bible, a collaboration between The Folio Society and Sangorski & Sutcliffe


May 29, 2012, 3:10pm Top

Not FS, but the first of a new series that you may be interested in, 'Affordable Treasures and Pleasures', where we look at 'Acts of Light: Emily Dickinson' from New York Graphic Society, 1980, is up on Books and Vines. Thanks to DlphcOracl.




Jun 7, 2012, 2:44pm Top

For those interested in the 'Vines' portion of Books and Vines, May 2012 wine tasting notes are now up.


Jun 11, 2012, 11:37pm Top

Hi All, thought I would ask...any suggestions or recommendations for Books and Vines? What you would like to see more of? Less of? This blog is for you, and I have been deficient in seeking your opinion sooner and more frequently! Not sure how fast I can get to anything, as frankly I am quite stretched as it is, but I will try. Also, I would like to throw out there that I would love to get some more pictures and input from others of you....together, we have tons and tons of books to share with others, so any of you who can send pictures of special editions to you (special does not mean expensive, it means something you think great), will benefit us all. The content of B&V would benefit from your collection! (thanks to DlphcOracl and Celtic, who do provide tons of content-- anyone else want to join the fun, pm me!!!). More FS content would be awesome!

Jun 19, 2012, 2:59pm Top

A review of Lost Illusions, by Honoré de Balzac, Folio edition from 2009, is up on Books and Vines.




Jun 28, 2012, 10:23pm Top

Added some stuff in the post covering the FS and S&S Diamond Jubilee Bible.




Jul 4, 2012, 8:51pm Top

For the 'vines' people, June 2012 wine tasting notes are up on Books and Vines.


Jul 7, 2012, 2:49pm Top

Some thoughts on Books and Vines turning one is now up...



Jul 10, 2012, 3:09am Top

Not FS, but I thought some of you may be interested. The second installment of the series 'Affordable Pleasures and Treasure', focusing on excellent editions that can be found inexpensively, is now up on Books and Vines. 'In The Beginning: Creation Stories From Around the World’ by Virginia Hamilton and Barry Moser, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1988). Thanks to Books and Vines contributor DlphcOracl.




Edited: Jul 12, 2012, 11:50am Top

Thanks to Neil, and though not an FS, a look at a book that should be of much interest to those on this forum (due to its general influence on book and type design) is up on Books and Vines! An Essay on Typography, by Eric Gill, published by Sheed and Ward in 1931.




Jul 18, 2012, 1:01pm Top

A look at the first three Folio Society books ever published, is up on Books and Vines. These fall under the "Affordable Pleasures and Tresures' category as they can still be found for a modest price. Tales by Leo Tolstoy, Trilby by George du Maurier & Aucassin et Nicolette.




Edited: Jul 25, 2012, 3:18am Top

A look at the 1986 Folio Society edition of Canterbury Tales is up on Books and Vines. Thanks to Virion for the pictures.




Jul 28, 2012, 12:27pm Top

Not FS, but I thought some of you may have some interest in this one. From Neil, a look at The Apocrypha from the Cresset Press in 1929, including woodcuts from a who's who list of early 20th century engravers, is up on Books and Vines.




Aug 6, 2012, 2:17pm Top

Aug 8, 2012, 7:08pm Top

For those following the 'vines' part of books and vines, a new article with July wine tasting notes is up.


Aug 9, 2012, 9:20am Top

Not FS, but because of the FS Letterpress Shakespeare, thought some of you may be interested in this letterpress of Shakespeare's Sonnets from the New Albion Press (2009) is up on Books and Vines. Thanks to Books and Vines contributor DlphcOracl.




Aug 14, 2012, 10:21am Top

Not book related, but some of you may be interested in a film review of the classic 1953 French film, The Wages of Fear, now up on Books and Vines.


Aug 28, 2012, 10:38am Top

Not fine FS, but wanted to highlight this one limited edition from Easton Press, as it is an excellent facsimile. I would love to get pics of the FS LE of Metamorphosis if anyone has some they can send me.

A look at the Easton Press Deluxe Limited Edition of Ovid's Metamorphosis is up on Books and Vines:




Sep 6, 2012, 5:51pm Top

For the FS wine-o's on the list, the latest set of wine tasting notes are up on Books and Vines.


Sep 9, 2012, 2:43pm Top

If interested in film, a look at the great Fellini's La dolce vita is up on Books and Vines.


Sep 20, 2012, 3:57pm Top

A look at the 2011 FS edition of The History of the Church, by Eusebius, is up on Books and Vines.




Sep 23, 2012, 4:12pm Top

For those into film, Books and Vines takes a look at the classic Seven Samurai, a film by Akira Kurosawa.




Sep 24, 2012, 3:07pm Top

You mention the running time of almost three and a half hours. I've seen the Seven Samurai several times now and it always seems to go by so quickly, which is probably the highest praise a movie can get. A superb film that rewards multiple viewings.

Sep 28, 2012, 10:22am Top

Not FS, but something you may be interested in.
A 'review and preview' of the magnificent 37 volume LEC The Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies of William Shakespeare, along with the introductory volume and the two volume Poems of (from 1941) is up on Books and Vines.




Oct 1, 2012, 10:01am Top

>170 busywine:

Wow... completely beautiful... would love to read one to get a sense of the editions. Rackham Illustrated Midsummer's Night Dream sounds like a great place to start!

Looking forward to reading your reviews.

Oct 1, 2012, 10:28am Top

For the film buffs out there, a look at Diabolique, a film by by Henri-Georges Clouzot, Criterion Collection (1955), is up on Books and Vines.


Edited: Oct 1, 2012, 12:27pm Top

>170 busywine: Hmm, do you think it is too late for me to subscribe at $5 a volume?

Oct 1, 2012, 1:44pm Top

>173 Conte_Mosca:, would be nice, huh? :-)

Oct 2, 2012, 10:05am Top

Not FS, so thought some of you may be interested...
A look at a wonderful 1930 edition of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, Edward Fitzgerald (tr.), George C. Harrap & Co., is up on Books and Vines.




Oct 4, 2012, 7:07pm Top

September wine notes for your edification are up on Books and Vines!


Edited: Oct 5, 2012, 2:00pm Top

Some of you may be interested in this, though not FS.

A look at Pearl, by the Pearl Poet, translated by John F. Crawford with Andrew Hoyem, Grabhorn-Hoyem (1967), is up on Books and Vines.




Oct 8, 2012, 1:13pm Top

A reprint of the LEC Columbus edition review, in recognition of Columbus Day, is up on Books and Vines.




Oct 9, 2012, 3:08am Top

Not FS, but a book I think many FS literature lovers may appreciate.

Thanks to Neil (Celtic), Books and Vines takes a look at The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan, The Cresset Press & The Shakespeare Head Press (1928).




Oct 12, 2012, 11:43am Top

In case you are interested....
The latest from Arion Press, The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, is up on Books and Vines.




Oct 12, 2012, 12:25pm Top

>180 busywine: That is a beautiful looking book. Out of my price range, but very beautiful nonetheless.

Oct 12, 2012, 1:44pm Top

I see a "complete" Arion Press collection, 95 volumes in total, offered on the internet for a mere $193,500!

I would love to own an Arion Press book, but I know I never will.

Oct 12, 2012, 1:50pm Top

> 182, wow! Some serious cash, almost my house! If my math is right, $2036 a book. Seems quite steep, though I am sure Moby Dock and Ulysses add quite a bit to the average. Still, seems to high. Anyway, beyond my means!

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