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Nov 8, 2020, 5:46pm

Hi all,

The last thread was close to 200 posts, so it's about time for a new one. To kick it off, I've launched a new video series!

This discusses how I got into collecting Heritage Press books, focusing on my Heritage and LEC copies of the Aeneid!

Editado: Nov 8, 2020, 6:36pm

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Nov 8, 2020, 8:28pm

Good post Jerry! Although your blog is great, I enjoy hearing about your own personal connections to these books, which is particularly interesting to me, and is something I try to do in my posts here (at the risk of boring you readers). Looking forward to your next video!

I'm with you on the HP edition of the Aeneid. That embossed cover is one of the most arresting designs Macy ever did. Don Floyd once took umbrage with me when I said the same and that in comparison, the Limited Editions Club binding seemed stodgy--a poor choice of words in retrospect; what I really meant was that it was beautiful but uninspired, and failed to convey the majestic and monumental qualities of the poem.

By the way, the Sandglass which came with the original issue is marked 5H; let me know if you'd like a copy for comparison.

Nov 9, 2020, 12:44am

Thank you for creating the video. I always enjoy an opportunity to get a good look at an LEC that I don't own yet. Since I am pleased with my Folio Society LE of the Aeneid I don't see myself ever getting the LEC but it still seems to be a fine version, as is the Heritage. And I agree that the HP exterior is more interesting.

Nov 9, 2020, 8:38am

>3 Django6924: Thank you Robert! That's kind of what I want the videos to serve as; more personal takes on my collection versus the more detail-oriented blog posts. have to agree with your assessment of the LEC binding; pretty, but not really speaking much about the work itself. I would be interested to see the Sandglass; no rush though!

>4 RuefulCountenance: Thank you! I'll have to look at the Folio Aeneid sometime; I'm not familiar with that one.

Nov 9, 2020, 9:41am

>5 WildcatJF: I was going to post a few pics but this video instead serves the purpose - The goatskin binding is the star of the show - it's wonderful texturally, the design is spot on and it was especially nice to have it used on such a relatively affordable LE. The other production details are good but nothing special. While the fresco images used to illustrate are lovely I still would prefer original illustrations. And the solander box is a grand if bulky finishing touch. All in all, a satisfying edition.

Nov 9, 2020, 3:12pm

Indeed, the cover to the first HP Aeneid is stunning. I picked up my copy of that version some years ago for a pittance---lacking a slipcase, but no matter. I already had the later HP edition and it is not nearly as nice, so I really treasure this one.

Nov 9, 2020, 8:26pm

>1 WildcatJF: Both your HP & LEC look to be in great condition!

Did only the original HP edition have the black embossed cover? Unfortunately, I have neither the HP or LEC, only the EP copy. I do have the FS LE edition translated by Fagles. Does anyone know of a nice edition with the Fitzgerald translation (I've only got a paperback)?

Nov 10, 2020, 9:36am

>8 kdweber: I'm not 100% sure. I've seen Connecticut Aeneid copies that fall into the very generic style they became in the 1970s (bright cloth with a printed design not reflective of the work at all), but I don't think I've seen a NY that differed from this design.

Editado: Nov 10, 2020, 12:51pm

>8 kdweber:

I've got two HPs with the embossed cover: the original issue with Sandglass 5H and a later version which is the same as Jerry's. I believe that it was issued in 1966 with the Sandglass numbered XII:31. It was issued again by the Norwalk, CT-based operation and according to Michael Bussacco's Heritage Press Catalog and Checklist came with a Sandglass which had no date, so I believe the Sandglass in your copy actually is one from this later issue.

I gave away my cloth-covered Aeneid I received as a Heritage Club member back in the 1970s as soon as I ran across a copy of the embossed version at a book sale.

Nov 12, 2020, 5:40pm

>1 WildcatJF: Every time I discover a new book that looks interesting I get a thrill of excitement that I might not only enjoy handling and reading it, but also that I can share it via my blog. Then I find that you have inevitably beaten me to it and I die inside. Now you're stealing all my YouTube subscribers!!1!

But seriously, that was a cool video. I find these LEC vs HP comparisons particularly interesting and I agree with >3 Django6924: that it's nice to hear about the journeys of other collectors.

Editado: Nov 12, 2020, 7:30pm

>11 ubiquitousuk: haha I have been doing this for close to a decade at this point (December 9th is the 10 year anniversary, and yes, I'm planning something)! I'll have to check out your videos sometime; I already enjoy your posts!

Nov 12, 2020, 8:00pm

>1 WildcatJF: I really like your cat videos :)
What video editing software do you use?

Nov 12, 2020, 9:22pm

>13 astropi: Thanks! :) I've just been using the default Video Editor Microsoft includes with Windows 10. I do have Adobe Premiere but it's been fussing with my graphic card, and since I'm not aiming for super duper production values at this point it's been working out great.

Nov 13, 2020, 2:42pm

Hi Jerry! I like the new video series. Keep it up!

Editado: Nov 21, 2020, 8:11pm

I've updated my Canterbury Tales book coverage with the 1934 edition designed by George W. Jones, a lovely publication! I had time this afternoon to update the original post as well, so it's good to go!

Nov 22, 2020, 12:59am

This is a good initiative. More videos please.

Nov 22, 2020, 9:19am

>15 BuzzBuzzard:, >17 blue.eyes: - Thank you! The next one will be sometime in December! :) Thank you!

Nov 22, 2020, 11:12am

Being a big fan of Szyk, I have a very nice NF+ copy of his LEC edition with only the tiniest speck of wear on the top of the spine. My slipcase is in Fine condition but it does not have a label nor any trace of a label on the slipcase spine. Can others who have this LEC in the original slipcase tell me if their copy has a label? Thanks.

Nov 22, 2020, 2:10pm

>19 kdweber: Mine is exactly as you described- no label or trace of one on the decorated slipcase.

Nov 22, 2020, 2:24pm

>19 kdweber: Mine does not have label either, which I think makes sense due to the decorated nature of the case.

Editado: Nov 22, 2020, 3:55pm

>17 blue.eyes:

Jerry, there is one additional Macy Chaucer, admittedly a most unexpected one given the nature of many of the Canterbury Tales: The Heritage Illustrated Bookshelf Tales From Chaucer. This slim volume uses the same binding as the HP version, the Szyk illustrations which in their reproduction are an exact match for the ones in the HP, but instead of the Hill translation, uses "selected tales told for young people by Charles Cowden Clarke." Clarke's retelling is in prose, includes the Prologue and nine of the tales. The Prologue is abridged to only describing the characters in the related tales, and the more ribald tales, the Miller's Tale and the Monk's Tale, for example, are excluded. Some of the byplay between the characters is also cleaned up; when the Pardoner finishes his tale in the unexpurgated version, he offers his holy relics to the other members of the party for "a grote," and to the Host first as he is the most sinful. He says he will let the Host kiss the holy relics and the Host replies:

Thou woldest make me kiss thyne olde breech,
And swere it were the relyk of a seint,
Though it were with thy fundament depeint!
But by the croys which that Seint Eleyne fond,
I wolde I hadde thy coillons in myn hond (testicles)
Lat kutte hem of...
They shul be shryned in an hogges toord!

In the Tales From Chaucer, the Host just introduces the next character.

Nov 22, 2020, 4:04pm

>20 BionicJim:, >21 BuzzBuzzard: Thanks

>22 Django6924: Grote being a silver 4 pence piece?

Nov 22, 2020, 4:57pm

>23 kdweber:

Yes! Most famous these day for the pamphlet by early Elizabethan playwright Robert Greene, "Greenes Groats-worth of Witte, bought with a million of Repentance" in which he makes a disparaging remark about Shakespeare.

Nov 22, 2020, 5:40pm

>19 kdweber: No label on mine either. The leather spine of this book is notoriously fragile and prone to flecking. Congrats on having one in such nice condition.

Editado: Nov 22, 2020, 5:54pm

>22 Django6924: I need to do a thorough review of the Heritage Illustrated Bookshelf sometime. Some real curios in there. I'll need to add this to my list of Heritage exclusives! Thank you!

Nov 23, 2020, 4:54pm

>22 Django6924: Robert, a few years ago I was surprised to come across a Kindle edition of Tales From Chaucer, complete with its illustrations from the Arthur Szyk Canterbury Tales. It was published 10 years ago next January and is still listed - its ranking order in the overall master list of Kindle Store Best Sellers books is 3,139,060, and it is also ranked in three individual Kindle Store categories, appearing at 3,942 in Mythology, 2,167 in Folklore and 1,181 in Religious Fiction Classics.
It's the only Macy book that I've come across in a digital edition, but that's hardly surprising given that there are over 3 million kindle books. They could all have been digitised for all I know!

Nov 23, 2020, 11:16pm

>27 featherwate:

Amazing! I had no idea either that any Macy editions had ever been available in a digital format. Now I will have to do some research to see if there are any others.

Editado: Nov 24, 2020, 4:33pm

>28 Django6924: has digitized a few Heritage Press and Limited Editions Club titles. Users can check them out either as Adobe DRM PDFs or using a browser viewer (the only option for one hour borrowings). I believe the distinction has to do with how many copies the organization owns.

For example: one of the volumes of the 1942 LEC Diary of Samuel Pepys (I think all volumes are available, but show up as separate items). And from Heritage press: The Charterhouse of Parma and Christopher Marlowe: Four Plays.

The cataloging is often inexact (for example, Charterhouse above has Limited Editions Club in the metadata rather than Heritage), so it might be worth trying several different search queries.

Editado: Nov 30, 2020, 1:55pm


I'm beginning to plot out 2021's posts and videos, and I want to get the three Devotee picks for the summer sorted out so I can prep the rest of the year. So! Out of these volumes, which do you want to see me cover on the blog over the summer? Please select three with the one you want to see the most at the top, as I will rank these by preference.

Two Medieval Tales by Robert Louis Stevenson/C.B. Falls
Tartarin of Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet/W.A. Dwiggins
Fables of Jean de La Fontaine/Rudolph Ruzicka
Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm/Fritz Kredel (comparison with later Lucille Corcos Heritage)
The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne/Carl Strauss
The Cloister in the Hearth by Charles Reade/Lynd Ward
South Wind by Norman Douglas/Carlotta Petrina (comparison with Connecticut Heritage)
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra/Enric-Cristobal Ricart (compared to the later Legrand LEC/Heritage)
The Glorious Adventures of Tyl Ulenspiegel by Charles de Coster/Richard Floethe
The School of Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan/Rene ben Sussan
Imaginary Conversations by Walter Savage Landor
The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard by Anatole France/Sylvain Sauvage
Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare/Hugo Steiner-Prag
Pericles, Prince of Tyre by William Shakespeare/Stanislas Ostoja-Chrostowski
Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare/George Buday
Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare/Nikolai Fyodorovitch Lapshin
Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters/Boardman Robinson
The Poems of Ralph Waldo Emerson/Richard and Doris Beer
The Book of Job, illustrated by Arthur Szyk
The Adventures of Hajji Baba in Ispahan by J.J. Morier/Honore Guilbeau
Penguin Island by Anatole France/Malcolm Cameron (comparison to Heritage and Sauvage exclusive Heritage)
Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley/Edward A. Wilson (comparison to Heritage)
Henry the Fifth by William Shakespeare/Fritz Kredel
Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs/Thomas Hart Benton
Camille by Alexandre Dumas fils/Bernard Lamotte
Poems of Heinrich Heine/Fritz Kredel
The Age of Fable by Thomas Bulfinch/Joe Mugnaini
The Chronicles of England by Jean Froissart/Henry C. Pitz
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne/Edward A. Wilson
A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe/Domenico Gnoli (comparison to Heritage)
Daisy Miller by Henry James/Gustave Nebel
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy/Agnes Miller Parker
Youth/Typhoon/The End of Tether by Joseph Conrad/Robert Shore
Lady Windermere’s Fan and The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde/Tony Walton
The Adventures of Simplicius Simplicissimus by Johann von Grimmelshausen/Fritz Eichenberg
Oedipus by Friedrich Durrenmatt/Marie Cosindas

Voting will last until Saturday, December 5th. Thank you!

Nov 30, 2020, 10:59am

>30 WildcatJF:

Spoon River
Tartarin of Tarascon
Tyl Ulenspiegel

Nov 30, 2020, 11:32am

>30 WildcatJF:
Westward Ho

Nov 30, 2020, 1:11pm

Two Medieval Tales
Plague Year

Nov 30, 2020, 3:23pm

>30 WildcatJF:

Lady Windemere's Fan
Titus Andronicus
Sylvestre Bonnard

Nov 30, 2020, 4:12pm

>30 WildcatJF: Wow, lots of choices!

Spoon River (don't have it, haven't read it, on my buy list)
Tyl Ulenspiegel (own the LEC but have never read it)

I own and have read the rest so my pick is for an LEC/HP comparison:
Westward Ho!

Nov 30, 2020, 7:49pm

>30 WildcatJF:
Don Quixote
Emerson's Poems
A Journal of the Plague Year

Dic 4, 2020, 11:36am

One more day for votes! :)

Dic 4, 2020, 2:02pm

>30 WildcatJF:

Henry V
Don Quixote
Jude the Obscure

Dic 4, 2020, 2:31pm

>30 WildcatJF: The Marble Faun
Imaginary Conversations
Spoon River

Dic 4, 2020, 5:30pm

The Adventures of Simplicius Simplicissimus
Two Medieval Tales

Dic 5, 2020, 10:39am

All right, I've calculated the votes! So I looked at everyone's first book as the top pick, so I assigned it 3 points. Second listed got 2, and the third 1. With that in mind, the three that earned the most points were:
Spoon River Anthology, with 7
Don Quixote, with 5
and a two way tie between Two Medieval Tales, and The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard with 4. Froissart's Chronicles also had 4 points, but did not have a #1 rank like these two did. However, I will cover it in January 2022 as is typically the case with books that just miss the cut for these.

So, I am pleased to announce the remainder of the 2021 calendar for the Imagery in terms of book posts.
January – Orations and Essays by Cicero
February – At the Sign of the Queen Pedauque
March – Far Away and Long Ago
April – The Book of Ruth (LEC, comparison to Heritage)
May – Vathek
June - Spoon River Anthology
July - Don Quixote (1st LEC, comparison to 2nd LEC/Heritage)
August - Two Medieval Tales
September - The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard
October - Green Grow the Lilacs
November - Undine (I have plans to acquire this in 2021)
December - The Adventures of Hajji Baba in Ispahan

A solid mix of titles! Thank you for participating in this devotee's choice poll! :)

I will continue to do monthly video content in 2021, but those I haven't plotted out quite yet. Stay tuned!

Dic 6, 2020, 9:18am

ANOTHER book announcement? YES! I have just published my second book inspired by the artistic successes of the Limited Editions Club, "Zenobia".

"Victorian working class poet Ruth Wills created a new image of the historical Queen of Palmyra, the venerable Zenobia, with her titular poem challenging the status quo of royalty and the Queen's downfall from grace. Critiquing the principles of slavery, Wills brings to life a powerful decrying of the practice through the subterfuge of a servant girl to collapse an empire. In this deluxe edition of the poem, Jerry Fieldsted provides visuals, design and commentary about both Wills and Zenobia, bringing this masterful poem the attention it has always deserved."

I'm really excited to share this with the world!

Dic 10, 2020, 10:16am

TEN YEARS. Yesterday was the 10 year anniversary of the George Macy Imagery! Hard to believe. Here's the previously promised video for the anniversary:

As I say in the video, I want to personally thank all of you Devotees for this wonderful community. I've learned so much from you and have made my content that much better. :)

Dic 10, 2020, 11:48am

>43 WildcatJF:

Ten years???!!!

Where has it gone? Congratulations, Jerry--looking forward to your next video!

Dic 10, 2020, 12:12pm

>44 Django6924: I can't believe it either!! Haha.

Dic 28, 2020, 10:19am

Got December's post up! Enjoy this look at the LEC edition of The Kasidah!

Dic 28, 2020, 11:40am

>46 WildcatJF: Great post. Thanks WildcatJF!

Dic 28, 2020, 11:43am

>46 WildcatJF:

How odd for Angelo and the Limited Editions Club to have spent all this effort and talent on this particular bit of literary forgery. My copy lacks the slipcase and chemise, but from the evidence of my Limited Editions Club Vathek, these were not very durable.

Dic 28, 2020, 1:01pm

>48 Django6924: It is a bit strange, yes. I wonder when the veil of Burton's fabrications was uncovered...perhaps in 1937 it wasn't well known. I'll have to see if the letter says anything (if it's on the group drive, at any rate). My Vathek's casing is busted up, so these are particularly fragile. Thankful at least this one is as solid as it is.

>47 Sport1963: Thank you!

Dic 28, 2020, 5:15pm

>48 Django6924: Reviewing the letter on the Drive, Macy and Angelo did know about the fabrication. Angelo offered it to Macy as a companion to the Rubaiyat as the two often were associated at the time.

Ene 17, 10:48pm

Here's this month's video! I focus on five of the seven titles the LEC and Heritage Press issued from the canon of Anatole France, one of my favorite authors!

Ene 23, 9:34am

Ene 24, 2:57pm

>51 WildcatJF: I am close to finishing Sylvestre Bonnard, my first Anatole France novel. It's been a pleasant read. The book production is underrated. It doesn't look like much on the outside but, besides the fine Sauvage illustrations, the paper is really top-notch, the letterpress has a pleasant bite and the type is very easy on the eyes. I also enjoy the large format. And the illustration of Bonnard's study with the bookcase near the large window made me chuckle now that I've come across so many sun-faded spines in my still young collecting career :)

Ene 24, 6:29pm

>53 RuefulCountenance: Glad you've been enjoying it! I think I want to read at least two of the three I have that I haven't read yet...Bonnard is quite likely :)

Feb 5, 3:08pm

>52 WildcatJF: Such a lovely book! Is it letterpress? I am thinking about making it my first LEC book.

Feb 5, 7:14pm

>55 Lukas1990:
All Limited Editions Club books were printed letterpress.

Feb 15, 6:43pm

For the fourth video for the George Macy Imagery Video Series, where I begin looking into the First Series of the Limited Editions Club. For this episode, I discuss Two Medieval Tales, Tartarin of Tarascon, and The Fables of Jean de la Fontaine!

Editado: Feb 15, 8:34pm

Nice survey of three very important books in the Limited Editions Club canon that show the range of the books published by Macy. Your copy of the Stevenson book is the best I have seen: the covers on my copy are detached as the leather cracked at the hinges. I am more inclined to Macy's opinion of the book, as the type is rather unappealing to my eyes (personal taste).

Rudolph Ruzicka was better-known as a designer of type than an illustrator, and the Fables and his work for the limited edition of Walden published by the Lakeside Press are his magnum opera. I find his work, as did Macy, rather cold and formal.

Dwiggins' forte was book design and decoration. His work in Tartarin is very pleasant, but I wouldn't call it outstanding. I prefer the illustrations for the Heritage Press Droll Stories by Artzybasheff to the ones Dwiggins did for the LEC version. His best work as an illustrator for the Limited Editions Club is probably his work for Gargantua and Pantagruel which is exceedingly charming--but charming seems inappropriate for Rabelais; Lynd Ward's work for the HP Rabelais and the famous Doré illustrations are what I want them to be (personal taste, again).

I think Dwiggins' work as an illustrator for the LEC tends to be more decorative than illustrative; the one time he really worked more in the style I call "illustration" was his Scarlet Letter for the HP.

Feb 15, 9:37pm

>58 Django6924: Thanks for watching Robert!

I was very impressed with my Medieval Tales' condition. In the first cut of the video that didn't save properly, I mentioned I saw a copy in a similar state to yours in Monterey, but I forgot to bring it up again. I don't hate the type but I don't think it was the best for that book's contents. Still, I like it a lot.

Dwiggins' art style isn't my favorite either, but I do like Tartarin's "drawings as journals" approach, as did Macy. I've yet to come across other books that feature his artwork over his design chops...

Feb 22, 9:35pm

Got this month's book post up! Enjoy this look into Anatole France's At the Sign of the Queen Pedauque!

Feb 22, 10:59pm

>61 RuefulCountenance: I enjoyed my first France read, The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard, recently. I especially loved the paper. How would you say the paper in Pedauque compares?

Feb 23, 9:22am

>61 RuefulCountenance: I'll take a look at the two a little later today and report back :)

Feb 23, 3:52pm

>61 RuefulCountenance:

I hope I'm not jumping in front of Jerry, but to put in my 2 cents: the paper in Pedauque is better than any paper you'll find in any but stratospherically-priced books today, but it doesn't equal the paper in Bonnard, which is a luxurious, hand-made, all-rag paper called "Gilio", made in Italy. The paper in Pedauque is made by the estimable Worthy paper company and is mostly rag but also with a small percentage of alpha cellulose (wood pulp). It's a beautiful paper, but not in the same class.

Feb 23, 4:03pm

>63 Django6924: Thank you for the input. Yes, the Bonnard paper really made an impression on me, and Macy himself gushed over it (although he tended to gush). Given the physical similarities of Bonnard to Pedauque, but knowing the paper was different, I was curious if Pedauque was in the same league. Sounds like it's close enough for me to take the plunge, eventually :)

Feb 23, 4:29pm

>63 Django6924: No worries Robert! Appreciate you providing an answer before I could :)

Feb 25, 12:01am

>64 RuefulCountenance: I have both books and now will pay more attention to the paper difference. But aside from that, I would urge you to get Pedauque anyway for the design and the illustrations.

Feb 25, 8:45am

>66 laotzu225: And lastly the story that is better than Bonnard.

Mar 6, 7:27pm

One of the most unique bindings in the LEC, Far Away and Long Ago:

Mar 7, 4:00pm

Jerry, Green Mansions was indeed a Heritage exclusive and in fact the very first books from regular subscription, sandglass 1A. It is copyrighted 1936 by the Heritage Club. A top quality production!

Mar 7, 4:45pm

>69 BuzzBuzzard: Appreciate the heads up! I'll update the post to be more accurate, thank you!

Mar 16, 8:35am

For the fifth video for the George Macy Imagery Video Series, I share some books illustrated by women for Women’s History Month. Covered in this episode are The Ballad of Reading Gaol (Heritage) illustrated by Zhenya Gay, South Wind (LEC) illustrated by Carlotta Petrina, Jude the Obscure (LEC) illustrated by Agnes Miller Parker, and The Adventures of Hajji Baba in Ispahan (LEC) illustrated by Honore Guilbeau!

Mar 16, 11:01am

Great idea Jerry! Although Macy was criticized for neglecting women authors, he certainly was a patron of women illustrators. I believe some he would have used even more often did they not prove "difficult" in their business dealings--I believe Zhenya Gay turned down some offers, and especially Mariette Lydis, who did not sign the Turn of the Screw LEC.

Mar 16, 2:31pm

>72 Django6924: Thanks! Parker was definitely the most consistent of the women who illustrated for the Club. I didn't really want to get into the business side of things in this particular video but I am at least somewhat familiar with Gay and Lydis. If memory serves, Gay chose to focus more on children's illustration following her commission on Reading Gaol, and Lydis was living in Brazil around that time and thus was apparently unable to sign the LEC colophon sheets (per making a couple assumptions via my own post on the subject: You might be more knowledgeable on the particulars :)

Mar 16, 6:02pm

>73 WildcatJF:

Jerry, the story of Marietta Lydis is a complicated one; Macy saw a set of drawings she had done for Turn of the Screw for a very small private press in England and wanted to use those for the Limited Editions Club. She apparently insisted on re-doing all of them and since she was now in Brazil wasn't available to sign the colophon. At least this is what I have read. It's hard to find accurate information because either there was another artist in Brazil who could duplicate her unique style, or Lydis herself turned her hand to illustrating pornography--though not under her own name but much of the work seems to have been attributed to her. Very hard to find reliable resources on her later life.

As for Zhenya Gay, you are absolutely correct; her heart was in illustrating children's books with pictures of animals, and so moved from Manhattan to the Catskills and collaborated on children's books written by Jan Gay. (They weren't related: Zhenya's birth name was Eleanor Byrnes, and her lover and partner Jan was born Helen Reitman. In addition to collaborating on the books, they apparently founded a nudist colony in Highlands, New York.)

Mar 16, 7:56pm

>71 WildcatJF: C'mon, couldn't you have worked in two of the more polarizing LECs - Looking Backward (Elise) and Brave New World (Mara McAfee)? :) I was only mildly put off by the BNW illustrations and in fact now think they go pretty well with the whole '70s-ishness of the production. And I think the Looking Backward illustrations are fine but also a major missed opportunity. It would have been very interesting to have an artist in 1941 representing the year 2000 through the lens of an 1888 book. Thanks as always for your videos!

Mar 16, 9:30pm

I should also mention what might be my favorite woman-illustrated LEC so far and one which I'm currently reading - The Circus of Dr. Lao. Claire Van Vliet poured much whimsy and absurdity into her numerous relief etchings and ornaments. The typography and cover design she created are also spot-ony. As humorous as the story has been, Van Vliet's artwork has stolen the show for me.

Mar 16, 11:52pm

>76 RuefulCountenance:

I agree whole heartedly: Finney's story is an amusing satire/parable, but Ms. Van Vliet's illustrations raise it to a higher level of artistry. The original illustrator when the book was published was Boris Artzybasheff who did the HP exclusive Droll Stories. His illustrations were more surreal and are very accomplished but they seem somewhat childish when compared to Ms. Van Vliet's.

Editado: Mar 17, 12:28am

>75 RuefulCountenance: If only I had both of those to cover! And The Circus! But my intention is to continue to grow my collection, so I'm sure I will eventually gather those titles :)

Appreciate the compliments!

Mar 17, 1:21pm

Jerry, one more interesting tidbit on Zhenya Gay: before decamping to the Catskills and turning her talent to children's books, she did the illustrations for the Bodley Head The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard in her unique style.

Mar 17, 1:58pm

>79 Django6924: I did know that, and I am looking for it, haha.

Editado: Mar 26, 4:41pm

Hi all,

Per request in another thread, I've made some slight adjustments to the 2021 schedule of posts:
April – Froissart's Chronicles
May – Vathek
June - Spoon River Anthology
July - Don Quixote (1st LEC, comparison to 2nd LEC/Heritage)
August - Two Medieval Tales
September - The Book of Ruth (LEC, comparison to Heritage)
October - Green Grow the Lilacs
November - Undine
December - The Adventures of Hajji Baba in Ispahan
January 2022 - The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard

Mar 26, 5:10pm

Abr 10, 9:15pm

My latest video series is up: this one continues my look on the first series of the Limited Editions Club!

Abr 11, 1:40am

Looking forward to watching this tomorrow, Jerry. Too late for this old-timer to start tonight.

Abr 24, 7:58pm

Got April's post up on The Chronicles of Jean Froissart!

Abr 24, 9:10pm

>85 WildcatJF: This one will be in my hands any day now and I'm looking forward to it even more thanks to your post.

Abr 25, 1:43am

>85 WildcatJF: Thank you very much!

Mayo 15, 9:39pm

Here's May's video series, focusing on the two LEC Cyrano de Bergerac editions:

Mayo 29, 9:45pm

This month's book post is on Vathek by William Beckford, a rather interesting book with some history behind it:

Mayo 29, 10:16pm

>89 WildcatJF:
Enabled and ordered (US$40 + US$39 postage from Canada).

Mayo 29, 11:24pm

>89 WildcatJF: William Beckford was an interesting guy. He built a gothic manor made from heavy stone and designed by Wyatt called Fonthill Abbey. The foundation was inadequate and it fell down.

The Centpede Press also published an edition of Vathek but illustrated by David Whitman.

Mayo 30, 10:19am

Ken, Beckford was, after the King and Queen, the richest person in England.

The Nonesuch Press did a beautiful edition of Vathek in 1929, limited to 1050 copies in England and 500 sold through Random House in the US. It was printed by John Johnson at the Oxford University Press. My copy is numbered 209.

The illustrations, printed at the Curwen Press, are very interesting: they are in an Art Deco/Oriental style by Marion Dorn, who is quite an interesting gal: born in Menlo Park, CA, she studied art at Stanford University, and ended up marrying her tutor, Henry Varnum Poor, who illustrated some well-regarded LECs. Dorn specialized in textile designs and when the couple moved to NY, she became known as a designer of batiks. She had movie-star beauty and attracted the attention of famed artist/illustrator/designer McKnight Kauffer and moved with him to London, where she did the illustrations for Vathek. She didn't do any other book illustrations to my knowledge, although featherwate might be able to correct my ignorance on this, but designed many gorgeous rugs and textiles, predominantly in the Art Deco style.

The Nonesuch Vathek is a very nice book, and I love the illustrations, but the Angelo designed Vathek, my very first LEC, is a jewel.

Mayo 30, 10:45am

>92 Django6924:. And Beckford managed to blow almost the entire fortune in his lifetime. I heartily agree that the Angelo illustrated Vathek is an absolute jewel. I will keep my eye out for the Nonesuch edition.

Mayo 31, 9:31pm

>92 Django6924:, >93 kdweber: Add my vote for the LEC Vathek. Lovely little gem of a book.

Jun 5, 11:38pm

Getting an early start this month; here's one of my favorite works of poetry, Spoon River Anthology!

Jun 6, 12:02am

I've also decided on what I want to write on for next year:
January 2022 – The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard
February 2022 – Evergreen Tales Set #2 – Saint George and his Dragon, Beauty and the Beast, Dick Whittington and his Cat
March 2022 – The Adventures of Simplicius Simplicissimus
April 2022 – The Poems of Ralph Waldo Emerson
May 2022 – Oedipus (Durrenmatt)
June 2022 – Robinson Crusoe
July 2022 – Jude the Obscure
August 2022 – The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym
September 2022 – The Book of Job
October 2022 thru January 2023 – Devotee’s Choice

As you can see, there's four slots for Devotee choices! And at the moment, I did my big shopping adventure earlier this year, so I don't anticipate major changes barring any lucky finds I come across in Monterey later this year or some other circumstances happening.

So...let's go ahead and open up the vote now! These are all LECs:
The Travels of Baron Munchausen by Rudolphe Raspe/John Held (comparison to 2nd LEC Heritage reprint)
Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving/Frederic Goudy
Tartarin of Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet/W.A. Dwiggins
Fables of Jean de La Fontaine/Rudolph Ruzicka
Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm/Fritz Kredel (comparison to 2nd LEC Heritage reprint)
The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne/Carl Strauss
The Cloister in the Hearth by Charles Reade/Lynd Ward
South Wind by Norman Douglas/Carlotta Petrina (comparison to later Connecticut Heritage reprint)
The Lyrics of Francois Villon/Howard Simon
The Glorious Adventures of Tyl Ulenspiegel by Charles de Coster/Richard Floethe
The School of Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan/Rene ben Sussan
Imaginary Conversations by Walter Savage Landor
Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare/Hugo Steiner-Prag
Pericles, Prince of Tyre by William Shakespeare/Stanislas Ostoja-Chrostowski
Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare/George Buday
Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare/Nikolai Fyodorovitch Lapshin
Penguin Island by Anatole France/Malcolm Cameron (comparison to both Heritage editions: original and LEC reprint)
Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley/Edward A. Wilson (comparison to Heritage)
Henry the Fifth by William Shakespeare/Fritz Kredel
Camille by Alexandre Dumas fils/Bernard Lamotte
Poems of Heinrich Heine/Fritz Kredel
The Age of Fable by Thomas Bulfinch/Joe Mugnaini
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne/Edward A. Wilson
A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe/Domenico Gnoli (comparison to Heritage reprint)
Daisy Miller by Henry James/Gustave Nebel
Youth/Typhoon/The End of Tether by Joseph Conrad/Robert Shore
Lady Windermere’s Fan and The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde/Tony Walton

Voting will be open for the month of June. Please pick your top 3 books from this list in preferential order, as your first pick will earn more 3 points, second 2, and third 1. I'll announce the four highest scoring books in July.

Jun 6, 1:27am

Thank you for doing this, my vote is:

The Glorious Adventures of Tyl Ulenspiegel by Charles de Coster /Richard Floethe
Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving/Frederic Goudy
Imaginary Conversations by Walter Savage Landor

Jun 6, 2:27am

>96 WildcatJF: My 3 are:
Westward Ho!

Jun 6, 2:37am

>96 WildcatJF:

Rip van Winkle, Penguin Island, Th Age of Fable.

Jun 26, 9:25am

This month's video is on two of the first books issued by the Heritage Press and their deluxe editions: The Song of Songs and Manon Lescault!

Jun 27, 10:26pm

>100 WildcatJF: Thanks for the detailed comparisons. Very helpful. My edition of SoS matches the description of the first edition (red leather boards, thin paper), with the exception of the tipped in signature page. Maybe HP printed a larger run of the special editon, and just bound ~1500 with the signature page tipped in.

Editado: Jun 28, 12:05am

>101 DCBlack: That is indeed the case. You probably have one of the editions released to the general public from the first series, but it lacks the signature page that was opened to the LEC membership before being dispersed randomly to various booksellers. My goal with the video was to show people where to look, as it's not immediately as obvious.

Still a lovely book! Thanks for the comment! I appreciate it. :)

Jun 28, 1:13am

>102 WildcatJF: There apparently 3000 copies, in toto, of which 1500 were signed, IIRC.

Jul 14, 11:50am

This month's Video Series covers the First Series of the LEC once more, but with a twist! See Leaves of Grass and The Decameron and their later Heritage Press cousins here:

Jul 17, 8:33pm

This month's book post provides a look at the 1933 Don Quixote from the Limited Editions Club, alongside a comparison to the later 1950 LEC and 1951 Heritage Press edition!

Jul 18, 4:32pm

>105 WildcatJF:

My first DQ was the HP edition which I got as a member of the Club back in the 60s. I gave it to my brother when I picked up the 1933 LEC version, but as much as I love the older version and the wood engravings, I always felt Legrand captured the soul of the Don better than anyone, and picked up the 1950 version when I found a Fine copy.

The decision to go with Ormsby's translation over Putnam's is an interesting one. I also have Putnam's translation, which definitely has merit, but on the whole, I think Macy was right. In his introduction to his own translation, Putnam ranks Ormsby's version as the most highly respected, and its major faults being a "striving for a minute verbal accuracy" at the expense of "style and sentence clarity." Despite this, Putnam concludes Ormsby is "so likely to choose the inevitable word or expression that a subsequent translator will be hard put to find a better one."

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