January 27, 2019 Comments Off on Of Interest: The Original Heritage Press Announcement from 1935
Recently a Devotee was nice enough to offer to mail me a pamphlet containing the announcement of the creation of the Heritage Press, which I am presenting to you below in full. It’s really neat to have this fascinating piece of George Macy ephemera, and I hope you enjoy learning more about the initial six books and the formation of the Press!
Thank you Richard!
4/14/2019 Update – I have learned that this was scanned and put into pdf form for the Devotees before it was mailed to me, so I will update my somewhat blurry pictures into these scans in the near future.
December 31, 2018 Comments Off on Of Interest: Illinois Gear & Machine Co. Heritage Press Volumes
It was brought to my attention that the Heritage Press created several exclusive variants of their volumes for the Illinois Gear & Machine Co. As my good friend Django6924 explains:
The Illinois Gear books were a special lot done produced over several years for that Chicago Company to give as gifts. This was on a different business plan than the leather-bound editions of books such as the HP David Copperfield, Leaves of Grass, Life on the Mississippi, etc., which were offered to Club members during the regular series. The Illinois Gear books look very much to be forerunners of the Easton Press editions, with silk moiré end papers and elaborate gilt tooling on the leather binding. Mine has the tipped-in, slip sheeted presentation page (but no name handwritten in the “Especially For” blank), and is the letterpress-printed Tales of the Gold Rush by Bret Harte. The copyright date is 1944, the date of the original, and that may be when the pages were actually printed as the paper and printing look to be much earlier than what was typical by the 1969 date on the presentation page.
The leather binding on my copy is very durable pebble-grained leather. It is much superior to the leather used on my HP Rubaiyat, Song of Songs, and David Copperfield, which were offered to Heritage Club members at a price premium during the regular subscription series. Although I don’t care for the pasted-in silk moiré endpapers, the book is very handsome and still looks new.
Michael Bussacco had produced a list of known titles released in this subset of publications, which GMD user astronauteric expanded upon in this thread. Here’s a typed version of the entire list:
1954 The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving
1955 Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
1956 The Romance of Leonardo Da Vinci
1957 Life of Rembrandt
1958 This is the Hour: A Novel about Goya
1959 Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain
1960 The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
1961 Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace
1962 The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
1963 Kim by Rudyard Kipling
1964 The Spy by James Fenimore Cooper
1965 The Ambassadors by Henry James
1966 Stories of O. Henry
1967 Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana
1968 The Mill and the Floss by George Eliot
1969 Tales of the Gold Rush by Bret Harte
1970 Cape Cod by Henry David Thoreau
1971 The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
1972 would be the year (thereabouts) MBI bought the Heritage Press from Jonathan Macy, so it is fitting that these editions would end following that transaction.
The notable differences are the bindings, of course, which are rather nice leather-bound covers with exquisite design work. Slipcases were also included, and feature an additional title page with the company’s name and a space for a particular client/customer name to be added.
I do not own any of these nor have I come across one in my travels, but there are a few links to samples in the above link. If I do see one at a reasonable price I’ll be sure to pick it up and catalog it here!
October 7, 2018 § 2 Comments
I meant to bring this to the blog earlier, so I apologize for the delay. George Macy Devotee SteveJohnson has taken it upon themselves to create a spreadsheet covering all of the LEC and Heritage Press publications, working from resources such as the Devotees forum, Bill Majure’s work, the official bibliographies, Michael Bussacio’s work on the Heritage Press, my blog, and others. It’s an astounding project and one I wish to support, so I am pleased to be able to give it a little more of a spotlight that it deserves. It’s a work in progress so expect it to update periodically.
July 7, 2018 Comments Off on Of Interest: Bill Majure’s Brief History and Book List of the Limited Editions Club
Bill Majure is a former Limited Editions Club bookseller who recently retired from the trade, but in the process of running his business compiled a most excellent set of resources on the Club, including a complete bibliography and brief history. As Majure is no longer running his shop, there have been times I’ve gone to reference the site to find it down, its security certificates out of date, or otherwise inaccessible. While the site is live as of 4/14/19, it is possible it may disappear someday, and I feel as a site dedicated to the works of the LEC that I should archive his hard work here as a backup. I’m including it here for reference purposes.
The following is entirely his work save a couple notes at the very end of the checklist, which he did provide originally but I do not have in my document; I am merely providing it as a resource for collectors to use. I have completely redone the bibliography to include the numbering system; however, the HTML involved in the process has made many of the sentences break in odd places. I will slowly work on this when I have the time. I have also made some slight revisions to the checklist to correct misspellings, punctuation and adding in the occasional “unsigned” to books I know were issued that way. I have yet to give this a thorough editing, mind, so there will still be some minor errors throughout. Lastly, I will eventually link all of my posts here on the LECs I’ve covered.
A huge thank you to Bill for producing this research, and I sincerely hope you do not mind my hosting it.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE LIMITED EDITIONS CLUB
The Limited Editions Club was founded in 1929 by George Macy (1900-1956) to publish finely made and finely illustrated limited editions of the classics of literature – and of a few carefully selected contemporary titles (such as Batouala by Rene Maran).
Most of the books were beautifully illustrated with original artwork by leading book illustrators. In most cases, the illustrators handsigned each copy of the books that they illustrated for the LEC. Some books were published unsigned due to the unexpected death of the artist before publication, as happened with the The Arabian Nights illustrated by Arthur Szyk, Comus illustrated by Edmund Dulac, and the Arthur Rackham illustrated Wind In The Willows.
George Macy also commissioned some major fine art artists to illustrate LEC books with original etchings, lithographs, etc., which were bound into the books; artists such as Matisse, Picasso, Derain, Laurencin, and other members of the Paris School. He also commissioned a number of American masters of that period, largely from the Social Realism and American Regionalism schools of art. Included were Reginald Marsh, Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, and John Steuart Curry. In addition, he commissioned major photographers, including Edward Weston and Edward Steichen, to illustrate LEC books. The artists and photographers handsigned all copies of the books that they illustrated.
Some LEC books were signed not only by the artist, but also by famous book designers and by the authors, such as The Complete Poems of Robert Frost (1950), which was signed by the poet, Robert Frost; the book-designer, Bruce Rogers; and the artist/illustrator, Thomas Nason. And most copies of the books, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass, were signed by Alice Hargreaves, the original Alice, Lewis Carroll’s niece. A small number of LEC books were issued unillustrated, and were usually signed by the book-designer and/or the printer.
The two most sought after (and valuable) LEC books published under Macy’s leadership are Lysistrata, illustrated and signed by Pablo Picasso, 1934; and Ulysses, illustrated and signed by Henri Matisse, 1935. A limited number of the copies of Ulysses were also signed by the author, James Joyce.
The LEC issued up to twelve books each year (it varied) to a small group of subscribers. During ownership by the Macy family, LEC books were usually limited to 1500 copies, but with several exceptions. The original subscription price in 1929 of an LEC book was $10, discounted by 10% if the subscriber paid a year in advance.
After George Macy’s death in 1956, his wife, Helen, took over and directed the operations of the LEC until her death in 1968. From 1968 until 1970, the club was operated by her son, Jonathan Macy, and other family members. In 1970, the LEC (together with The Heritage Press and The Heritage Club), was sold to Boise Cascade Corporation. Boise Cascade sold it to Ziff-Davis Publishing Company. Ziff-Davis sold it to Cardavon Press. Cardavon operated the LEC unsuccessfully for most of the 1970’s, finally putting it on the block for sale.
Cardavon had raised the limitation to 2000 copies, and had sold The Heritage Press & The Heritage Club to The Danbury Mint (a sister company to The Easton Press) to generate needed cash. The Heritage Press and The Heritage Club were, respectively, the publisher and distributor of inexpensive, unlimited, and unsigned reprint editions of books which had previously been published by the Limited Editions Club. As a result of that sale, today The Easton Press has the reprint publishing rights for those LEC titles.
The current owner of the LEC, Sidney Shiff, acquired it from Cardavon in 1978. Over the next decade, Mr. Shiff gradually changed the focus of the club, and eventually began producing only Livres d’Artiste illustrated with original artwork by major “fine art” artists, rather than book illustrators. And he also gradually reduced the number of copies printed. As of 2004, the limitation per edition was 300 copies, and the annual subscription rate was $5,000 for from one to four books per year.
The books from the later Shiff years are for serious collectors of fine art, as well as for collectors of fine literature published in fine press editions. The artists commissioned by Mr. Shiff include such lofty names as Jacob Lawrence, Balthus, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elizabeth Catlett, Francesco Clemente, Ellsworth Kelly, Sean Scully, Alice Neel, and others.
The Limited Editions Club has not published any books since the 2010 publication of The Declaration of Independence, which was illustrated with a single frontispiece photogravure by Robert Frank.
After Sidney Shiff’s passing on March 18, 2010, his wife, Jeanne Shiff, became president of the publishing company.
At this time (March 2012), there has been no indication of future books in the publisher’s pipeline. Our sense of things is that the LEC will not be publishing any books in the foreseeable future.
(Admin Note: The Limited Editions Club will no longer be publishing any titles)
Limited Editions Club Staff, Prospectus For the First Twelve Books, New York: Limited Editions Club, 1929.
Burton, William. “The Decline And Fall Of The Limited Editions Club”. American Book Collector (July/August 1980).
Limited Editions Club Staff, Bibliography of the Fine Books Published by The Limited Editions Club 1929-1985. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1985.
Fleming, Margaret W. “Limited Editions Club.” Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 46: American Literary Publishing Houses, 1900-1980. Detroit: Gale Research, 1986.
Lacey, Peter. “CEO at Leisure; Artists Books as Collectibles.” Chief Executive U.S. (July/August 1992)
Grossman, Carol. “East Side Story: Two Faces of the Limited Editions Club”. Biblio (March 1999).
The First Series: 1929 – 1930
- Swift, Jonathan. THE TRAVELS OF LEMUEL GULLIVER. 1929. Signed by Alexander King.
- Whitman, Walt. LEAVES OF GRASS. 1929. Signed by Frederic Warde.
- Raspe, Rudolphe E. THE TRAVELS OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN. 1929. Signed by John Held.
- Whittier, John Greenleaf. SNOW-BOUND. 1930. Signed by Carl Purington Rollins.
- Poe, Edgar Allen. THE NARRATIVE OF ARTHUR GORDON PYM. 1929 Signed by Rene Clarke.
- Stevenson, Robert Louis. TWO MEDIEVAL TALES. 1929. Signed by C. B. Falls.
- Boccaccio, Giovanni. THE DECAMERON. 1930. 2 volumes. Signed by T M Cleland.
- Irving, Washington. RIP VAN WINKLE. 1930. Signed by Frederic Goudy.
- Daudet, Alphonse. TARTARIN OF TARASCON. 1930. 2 volumes. Signed by W.A. Dwiggins.
- La Motte-Fouque, Friedrich de. UNDINE. 1930. Signed by Allen Lewis
- Defoe, Daniel. ROBINSON CRUSOE. 1930. Signed by Edward A. Wilson
- La Fontaine, Jean De. THE FABLES OF JEAN DE LA FONTAINE. 1930. 2 volumes. Signed by Rudolph Ruzicka.
The Second Series: 1930 – 1931
- Hugo, Victor. NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS. 1930. 2 volumes. Signed by Frans
Masereel. Originally issued European style, bound in paper wraps. But when many subscribers complained about the paper bindings, the publisher rebound
most copies in hardcover.
- De Quincey, Thomas. CONFESSIONS OF AN ENGLISH OPIUM EATER. 1930. Signed by
Zhenya Gay and B. H. Newdigate.
- Homer. THE ODYSSEY. 1930. Signed by J. Van Krimpen.
- Moliere. TARTUFFE, or THE HYPOCRITE. 1930. Signed by Hugo Steiner-Prag.
- THE LITTLE FLOWERS OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI. 1930. Signed by Paolo
- Carlyle, Thomas. SARTOR RESARTUS. 1931. Signed by Oliver Simon.
- AUCASSIN and NICOLETTE. 1931. Signed by Vojtech Preissig.
- Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm. GRIMM’S FAIRY TALES. 1931. Signed by Fritz
Kredel and Rudolf Koch.
- Loti, Pierre. AN ICELAND FISHERMAN. 1931. Signed by Yngve Berg.
- Thackeray, William Makepeace. VANITY FAIR. 1931. 2 volumes. Signed by John
- Hawthorne, Nathaniel. MARBLE FAUN. 1931. 2 volumes. Signed by Carl Straus.
- Homer. ILIAD. 1931. Signed by J. van Krimpen.The Third Series: 1931 – 1932
- Fielding, Henry. HISTORY OF TOM JONES. 1931. Signed by Alexander King.
- Franklin, Benjamin. THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN. 1931. Signed
by John Henry Nash.
- Dickens, Charles. THE CHIMES. 1931. Signed by Arthur Rackham.
- Surtees, R. S. THE JAUNTS and JOLLITIES OF MR. JOHN JORROCKS. 1932. Signed
by Gordon Ross.
- Balzac, Honore de. DROLL STORIES. 1932. 3 volumes. Signed by W.A.
- Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. FAUST A Tragedy. 1932. Signed by Rene Clarke.
- Hearn, Lafcadio. KWAIDAN. 1932. Signed by Yasumasa Fujita.
- Reade, Charles. THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH. 1932. 2 volumes. Signed by
- Cooper, James Fenimore. THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS. 1932. Signed by E. A.
- Douglas, Norman. SOUTH WIND. 1932. Signed by Carlotta Petrina.
- Maran, Rene. BATOUALA. 1932. Signed by Miguel Covarrubias.
- Carroll, Lewis. ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. 1932. Signed by Frederic
Warde. Most copies were also signed by Alice Hargreaves, the original ‘Alice’, who inspired the story.The Fourth Series: 1932 – 1933
- Apuleius, Lucius. THE GOLDEN ASSE (The Metamorphoses). 1932. Signed by
- Dumas, Alexandre. THE THREE MUSKETEERS. 1932. 2 volumes. Signed by Pierre
- THE FOUR GOSPELS. 1932. Signed by Emil Rudolf Weiss.
- Twain, Mark. THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN. 1933. Signed by Carl
- Alighieri, Dante. THE DIVINE COMEDY. 1932. Signed by Hans Mardersteig.
- Confucius. THE ANALECTS OF CONFUCIUS. 1933. Issued in a handmade Chinese
redwood box, with enameled title lettering and a small enameled Chinese design
carved into the cover of the box.
- Villon, Francois. THE LYRICS OF FRANCOIS VILLON. 1933. Signed by Howard
- Shakespeare, William. THE TRAGEDY OF HAMLET, PRINCE OF DENMARK. 1933.
Signed by Eric Gill.
- Dickens, Charles. THE POSTHUMOUS PAPERS OF THE PICKWICK CLUB. 1933. 2
volumes. Signed by John Austen.
- Tolstoy, Leo. ANNA KARENINA. 1933. 2 volumes. Signed by Nikolas Piskariov.
- AESOP’S FABLES. 1933. Signed by Bruce Rogers.
- Cervantes, Miguel de. DON QUIXOTE OF LA MANCHA. 1933. 2 volumes. Signed by
Enric-Cristobal Ricart.The Fifth Series: 1933 – 1934
- France, Anatole. AT THE SIGN OF THE QUEEN PEDAUQUE. 1933. Signed by
- Dostoevsky, Fyodor. THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV. 1933. 3 volumes. Signed by
- Dickens, Charles. THE CRICKET ON THE HEARTH. 1933. Illustrated by Hugh
- Longus. THE PASTORAL LOVES OF DAPHNIS AND CHLOE. 1934. Signed by Ruth
- Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. FRANKENSTEIN, OR THE MODERN PROMETHEUS.
1934. Signed by Everett Henry.
- Butler, Samuel. EREWHON. 1934. Signed by Rockwell Kent.
- de Coster, Charles. THE GLORIOUS ADVENTURES OF TYL ULENSPEIGL. 1934.
Signed by Richard Floethe.
- Polo, Marco. THE TRAVELS OF MARCO POLO. 1934. 2 volumes. Signed by Nikolai
- Aristophanes. LYSISTRATA. 1934. Signed by Pablo Picasso, who illustrated the book with six etchings.
The Limited Editions Club also issued 150 copies of a separate portfolio of the six Picasso etchings with each etching handsigned by Picasso.
- Sheridan, Richard Brinsley. THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL. 1934. Signed by Rene
- Burton, Richard (translator and notes) THE BOOK OF THE THOUSAND NIGHTS AND
A NIGHT. 1934. 6 volumes. Signed by Valenti Angelo.The Sixth Series: 1934 – 1935
- Emerson, Ralph Waldo. THE ESSAYS OF RALPH WALDO EMERSON. 1934. Signed by
John Henry Nash.
- Dickens, Charles. A CHRISTMAS CAROL. 1934. Signed by Gordon Ross.
- Chaucer, Geoffrey. THE CANTERBURY TALES. 1934. 2 volumes. Signed by George
- Hudson, W. H. GREEN MANSIONS. 1935. Signed by Edward A. Wilson.
- More, Sir Thomas. UTOPIA 1934. Signed by Bruce Rogers.
- Carroll, Lewis. THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS. 1935. Most of the 1,500 copies
were signed by Alice Hargreaves, the original ‘Alice’.
- Hawthorne, Nathaniel. THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES. 1935. Signed by
- O. Henry. (William Sydney Porter). THE VOICE OF THE CITY. 1935. Signed by George Grosz who illustrated the book with twenty-one watercolors which were reproduced for the book by photolithography. (20 colorplates plus an illustrated titlepage).
150 portfolios of six prints were individually numbered and signed and sold separately under the title, “Baghdad On The Subway”, a name O. Henry coined for New York City. The portfolios of prints were issued by The Print Club, New York, 1935. One of the portfolios was sold by Christies in New York – Lot 103, Sale 1111, Sept 25, 2002 – for $2,629. The portfolio seldom appears in the market.
- Twain, Mark. SLOVENLY PETER. 1935. Translation and jingles by Mark Twain.
Foreword by Clara Clemens. Fritz Kredel, illustrator.
- Melville, Herman. TYPEE. 1935. Signed by Miguel Covarrubias.
- Sterne, Laurence. THE LIFE and OPINIONS OF TRISTRAM SHANDY, GENTLEMAN.
1935. 2 volumes. Signed by T. M. Cleland.
- Joyce, James. ULYSSES. 1935. All 1500 copies were signed by Henri Matisse, who illustrated the book with etchings. 250 copies were also signed by James Joyce.
According to Helen Macy, Joyce was elderly and had failing eyesight at the time of publication. So he and George Macy agreed that although it would be too hard on him to try to sign the entire limited edition, he would sign 250 copies. Macy paid Joyce $5 for each book he signed, and priced the Joyce signed copies at $15. The other 1250 copies were priced at $10. The 250 copies signed by both Joyce and Matisse were offered to subscribers through a letter offering on a first come basis, and sold out quickly.250 portfolios of individually signed and numbered prints were sold separately. The portfolios of prints were issued by The Print Club, New York, 1935.The Seventh Series: 1935 – 1936
- Smollett, Tobias. THE ADVENTURES OF PEREGRINE PICKLE. 1935. 2 volumes.
Signed by John Austen.
- THE HOLY BIBLE 1935-1936. 5 volumes.
- Fitzgerald, Edward (translator). THE RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM. 1935.
Signed by Valenti Angelo.
- Butler, Samuel. THE WAY OF ALL FLESH. 1936. 2 volumes. Signed by Robert
- Landor, Walter Savage. IMAGINARY CONVERSATIONS. 1936. Signed by Giovanni
- Borrow, George. LAVENGRO. 1936. 2 volumes. Signed by Barnett Freedman.
- Thoreau, Henry David. WALDEN, OR LIFE IN THE WOODS. 1936. Signed by Edward
- Hale, Edward Everett. THE MAN WITHOUT A COUNTRY. 1936. Signed by Edward A.
- Rostand, Edmond. CYRANO DE BERGERAC. 1936. Signed by Sylvain Sauvage.
- Sterne, Laurence. A SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY THROUGH FRANCE AND ITALY. 1936.
Signed by Denis Tegetmeier and Eric Gill.
- Rabelais, Francois. GARGANTUA AND PANTAGRUEL. 1936. 5 volumes. Signed by
W.A. Dwiggins.The Eighth Series: 1936 – 1937
- Malory, Sir Thomas. LE MORTE D’ARTHUR. 1936. 3 volumes. Signed by Robert
- Milton, John. PARADISE LOST and PARADISE REGAIN’D. 1936. Signed by
- Aristophanes. THE FROGS. 1937. Signed by John Austen.
- Cellini, Benvenuto. THE LIFE OF BENVENUTO CELLINI. 1937. Signed by Fritz
- Wilde, Oscar. THE BALLAD OF READING GAOL. 1937. Signed by Zhenya Gay.
- Collodi, Carlo. PINOCCHIO, THE ADVENTURES OF A MARIONETTE. 1937. Signed by
- Lewis, Sinclair. MAIN STREET 1937. Signed by Grant Wood.
- Gay, John. THE BEGGAR’S OPERA 1937. Signed by Mariette Lydis.
- Dickens, Charles. GREAT EXPECTATIONS.1937. Signed by Gordon Ross.
- Burton, Richard F. THE KASIDAH OF HAJI ABDU EL-YEZDI. 1937. Signed by Valenti Angelo.
- Dumas, Alexandre. CAMILLE. 1937. Signed by Marie Laurencin.
- Allen, Hervey. ANTHONY ADVERSE. 1937. 3 volumes. Signed by Edward A.
- Collier, John Payne. PUNCH AND JUDY. 1937.The Ninth Series: 1937 – 1938
- France, Anatole. THE CRIME OF SYLVESTRE BONNARD. 1937. Signed by Sylvain
- Stowe, Harriet Beecher. UNCLE TOM’S CABIN. 1938. Signed by Miguel
- Le Sage, Alain Rene. THE ADVENTURES OF GIL BLAS OF SANTILLANE. 1937. 2
volumes. Signed by John Austen.
- Maugham, W. Somerset. OF HUMAN BONDAGE. 1938. 2 volumes. Signed by John
- Peattie, Donald Culross. AN ALMANAC FOR MODERNS. 1938. Signed by Asa
- Flaubert, Gustave. MADAME BOVARY. 1938. Signed by Gunter Bohmer.
- THE SONG OF ROLAND. 1938. Signed by Valenti Angelo.
- Boswell, James. THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D. 1938. 3 volumes.
- Wilde, Oscar. SALOME. 1938. 2 volumes. Signed by Andre Derain.
- Tolstoy, Leo. WAR AND PEACE. 1938. 6 volumes. Signed by Barnett Freedman.
- Gray, Thomas. ELEGY WRITTEN IN A COUNTRY CHURCH-YARD. 1938. Signed by
Agnes Miller Parker.The Tenth Series: 1938 – 1940
- Stevenson, Robert Louis. KIDNAPPED. 1938. Signed by Hans Alexander
- Hugo, Victor. LES MISERABLES. 1938. 5 volumes. Signed by Lynd Ward.
- Wharton, Edith. ETHAN FROME. 1939. Signed by Henry Varnum Poor.
- Dreiser, Theodore. SISTER CARRIE. 1939. Signed by Reginald Marsh.
- Browne, Sir Thomas. RELIGIO MEDICI. 1939.Signed by John Henry Nash
- Shaw, Bernard. BACK TO METHUSELAH. 1939. Signed by John Farleigh.
- Chaucer, Geoffrey. TROILUS AND CRESSIDA. 1939. Signed by George W. Jones
- Twain, Mark. THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER. 1939. Signed by Thomas Hart
- Austen, Jane. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE 1940. Signed by Helen Sewell.
- Casanova, Jacques. THE MEMOIRS OF JACQUES CASANOVA DE SEINGALT. 1940. 8 volumes.
- Baudelaire, Charles. LES FLEURS DU MAL (FLOWERS OF EVIL). 1940. Illustrated with 27 collotype reproductions of pen and wash drawings by Rodin (1840-1917). Issued unsigned.
Intended to be issued as a set with separate volumes in English and French. The English version was published in 1940 and distributed at that time to members. But the French language version, although completed in 1940 in Paris, had to be stored and couldn’t be shipped to the USA until 1947 (delayed because of the war). It was distributed to subscribers by the LEC that year. The French volume was issued in blue paper wraps without a slipcase. Both volumes show a 1940 publication date._____________________
SPECIAL PUBLICATIONS: In August, September and October of 1940, three works of literature were issued outside of the regular annual subscription series, as “special
publications”. Since they were not included in the regular subscription series
and were sold separately, they were not numbered in the regular series. I have
inserted them here using the same designations used in the LEC’s own 1959
bibliography, “S-6”, “S-7” and “S-8”.
S-6: Boccaccio, Giovanni. 1940. THE DECAMERON. Two volumes. Illustrated and signed by
Fritz Kredel. 530 copies issued. The first English translation of 1620. Issued at $12.50. August 1940.
S-7: Grahame, Kenneth. THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. 1940. Introduction by A. A. Milne. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. Issued without the artist’s signature due to his death before publication. Signed by Bruce Rogers, the book designer & typographer. Limited to 2020 copies. Issued at $15 Sept. 1940.
S-8: Steinbeck, John. THE GRAPES OF WRATH. 1940. Two Volumes. Illustrated & signed
by Thomas Hart Benton. 1146 copies. Issued at $15. October 1940.
The Eleventh Series: 1939 – 1940
- Shakespeare, William. THE COMEDIES, HISTORIES, AND TRAGEDIES OF WILLIAM
SHAKESPEARE 1939-1940. 37 volumes. Designed by Bruce Rogers. Illustrated by
various specially commissioned artists, a different one for each play. Issued
unsigned. [See number 122 below.]The 37 volumes were issued at $5 per volume, or at a discounted
price of $166 for the set if paid in full in advance. Publication was spread
over ten months, with four volumes issued in each of seven months and three
volumes issued in each of the final three months.The Twelfth Series: 1940 – 1941
- Cooper, James Fenimore. THE PRAIRIE. 1940. Signed by John Steuart Curry.
- Scott, Sir Walter. IVANHOE. 1940. 2 volumes. Signed by Allen Lewis.
- Brooks, Van Wyck. FLOWERING OF NEW ENGLAND. 1941. Signed by Raymond J.
Holden. Some copies also signed by author.
- Shakespeare, William. POEMS. 1941. Signed by Bruce Rogers. A slipcased 2 volume set of the poems and sonnets, bound to complement the earlier issued 37 volume set of plays; same size, same spine binding, and complementary
patterned paper covering the boards.
- Stevenson, Robert Louis. TREASURE ISLAND. 1941. Illustrated by Edward A.
Wilson. Handsigned on the frontiespiece lithograph.
- Merimee, Prosper. CARMEN 1941. Signed by Jean Charlot.
- Poe, Edgar Allan. TALES OF MYSTERY AND IMAGINATION. 1941. Signed by
- Bellamy, Edward. LOOKING BACKWARD. 1941. Signed by Elise Cavanna.
- Dumas, Alexandre. THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO. 1941. 4 volumes. Signed by
- Plutarch. THE LIVES OF THE NOBLE GRECIANS AND ROMANS. 1941. 8 volumes.
Signed by W. A. Dwiggins.
- Bunyan, John. THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS. 1941. Illustrated by William Blake.The Thirteenth Series: 1941 – 1942
- Bennett, Arnold. THE OLD WIVES’ TALE. 1941. 2 volumes. Signed by John
- Hawthorne, Nathaniel. THE SCARLET LETTER. 1941. Signed by Henry Varnum
- Twain, Mark. ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN. 1942. Signed by Thomas Hart
- Adams, Henry. THE EDUCATION OF HENRY ADAMS. 1942. Signed by Samuel
- Masters, Edgar Lee. SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY. 1942. Signed by the author and
- Pepys, Samuel. THE DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS. 1942. 10 volumes. Signed by
- Stephens, James. THE CROCK OF GOLD. 1942. Signed by Robert Lawson.
- Lincoln, Abraham. THE LITERARY WORKS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN. 1942. Signed by
John Steuart Curry.
- Andersen, Hans Christian. FAIRY TALES. 1942. 2 volumes. Signed by Fritz
Kredel and Jean Hersholt.
- Hemingway, Ernest. FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS. 1942. Signed by Lynd Ward.
- Diaz del Castillo, Bernal. THE DISCOVERY AND CONQUEST OF MEXICO 1517-1521.
1942. Signed by Miguel Covarrubias, Harry Block and Rafael Loera Y Chavez.The Fourteenth Series: 1942 – 1943
- Whitman, Walt. LEAVES OF GRASS. 1942. 2 volumes. Signed by Edward Weston.
- Thackeray, William Makepeace. THE ROSE AND THE RING. 1942. Illustrated by
- Flaubert, Gustave. THE TEMPTATION OF SAINT ANTHONY. 1943. Signed by Warren
- Erasmus, Desiderius. THE PRAISE OF FOLLY. 1943. Signed by Lynd Ward.
- Fielding, Henry. HISTORY OF THE LIFE OF THE LATE MR. JONATHAN WILD THE
GREAT. 1943. Signed by T. M. Cleland.
- Hoffmann, Ernst Theodor Amadeus. THE TALES OF HOFFMANN. 1943. Signed by
- Pushkin, Alexander. EUGENE ONEGIN. 1943. Signed by Fritz Eichenberg.
- Melville, Herman. MOBY DICK. 1943. 2 volumes. Signed by Boardman Robinson.
- Parkman, Francis. THE OREGON TRAIL. 1943. Signed by Maynard Dixon.
- Cable, George Washington. OLD CREOLE DAYS. 1943. Prologue, Cable And The Creoles, (pages xii through xviii) by Edward Larocque Tinker. Followed by (pages xix through xxxi) The Scenes Of Cable’s Romances by Lafcadio Hearn. Signed by John Oï¿½Hara Cosgrave, who illustrated the book with watercolors.
- Bierce, Ambrose. TALES OF SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS. 1943. Signed by Paul
- Hudson, W. H. FAR AWAY AND LONG AGO. 1943. Signed by Raul Rosarivo
and Alberto Kraft. Bound in horsehide with the hair still on it. Issued
without slipcase in a box with a wrap-around label.The Fifteenth Series: 1943 – 1944
- Poe, Edgar Allan. THE POEMS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE. 1943. Signed by Hugo
- Gautier, Theophile. MADEMOISELLE DE MAUPIN. 1943. Signed by Andre Dugo.
- Crane, Stephen. THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE. 1944. Signed by John Steuart
- Stevenson, Robert Louis. A CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES. 1944. Signed by Roger
- Bacon, Sir Francis. THE ESSAYES OF FRANCIS BACON. 1944. Signed by Bruce
- Twain, Mark. LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI. 1944. Signed by Thomas Hart Benton.
- Willkie, Wendell L. ONE WORLD. 1944. Signed by the author.
- Harte, Bret. TALES OF THE GOLD RUSH. 1944. Signed by Fletcher Martin
- Plato. THE REPUBLIC. 1944. 2 volume. Signed by Fritz Kredel and Bruce
- Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. THE POEMS OF HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW.
1944. Signed by Boyd Hanna.
- Virgil THE AENEID. 1944. Signed by Carlotta Petrina.
- Gogol, Nikolai. CHICHIKOV’S JOURNEYS (DEAD SOULS). 1944. 2 volumes. Signed
by Lucille Corcos. (1200 copies)The Sixteenth Series: 1944 – 1945
- Hughes, Richard. THE INNOCENT VOYAGE. 1944. Signed by Lynd Ward.
- Beckford, William. VATHEK, AN ARABIAN TALE. 1945. Signed by Valenti Angelo
- Untermeyer, Louis. THE WONDERFUL ADVENTURES OF PAUL BUNYAN. 1945. Signed by Everett Gee Jackson.
- Emerson, Ralph Waldo. THE POEMS OF RALPH WALDO EMERSON. 1945. Signed by
Richard and Doris Beer
- Hamilton, Alexander; James Madison; John Jay. THE FEDERALIST. 1945. 2
volumes. Signed by Bruce Rogers.
- Coleridge, Samuel Taylor. THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER. 1945. Signed by
Edward A. Wilson.
- Whittier, John Greenleaf. THE POEMS OF JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER. 1945.
Signed by Raymond J. Holden.
- Addison, Joseph. THE SIR ROGER DE COVERLEY PAPERS. 1945. Signed by Gordon
- THE BOOK OF JOB. 1946. Signed by Arthur Szyk.
- Gibbon, Edward. THE HISTORY OF THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, 1946. 7 volumes. Issued unsigned. Illustrated with reproductions of the classic etchings by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778).The Seventeenth Series: 1946 – 1947
- Chaucer, Geoffrey. THE CANTERBURY TALES. 1946. Signed by Arthur Szyk.
- Montaigne, Michel de. THE ESSAYS OF MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE. 1946. 4 volumes.
Signed by T. M. Cleland
- Bryant, William Cullen. THE POEMS OF WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT. 1947. Signed
by Thomas W. Nason.
- Nordoff, Charles and James Norman Hall. MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY. 1947. Signed
by Fletcher Martin.
- Morier, J. J. THE ADVENTURES OF HAJJI BABA OF ISPAHAN. 1947. 2 volumes.
Signed by Honore Guilbeau.
- Stendhal. THE RED AND THE BLACK. 1947. Signed by Rafaello Busoni.
- France, Anatole. PENGUIN ISLAND. 1947. Signed by Malcolm Cameron.
- Kingsley, Charles. WESTWARD HO! 1947. 2 volumes. Signed by Edward A.
- Epicurus. THE EXTANT REMAINS OF THE GREEK TEXT. 1947. Signed by Bruce
- THE BOOK OF RUTH. 1947. Signed by Arthur Szyk.
- Dana, Richard Henry Jr. TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST. 1947. Illustrated and signed by Hans Alexander Mueller.The Eighteenth: April 1948 – April 1949
- Browning, Elizabeth Barrett. SONNETS FROM THE PORTUGUESE. 1948. Signed by
- Walton, Izaak and Charles Cotton. THE COMPLEAT ANGLER. 1948. Signed by
- Zola, Emile. NANA. 1948. Signed by Bernard Lamotte.
- Dostoevsky, Fyodor. CRIME AND PUNISHMENT. 1948. 2 volumes. Signed by Fritz
- Balzac, Honore de. OLD GORIOT. 1948. Signed by Rene ben Sussan.
- Chuan, Shui Hu. ALL MEN ARE BROTHERS. 1948. 2 volumes. Translated by Pearl S. Buck. Signed by Miguel Covarrubias, artist/illustrator.
- Benet, Stephen Vincent. JOHN BROWN’S BODY. 1948. Illustrated by John
- THE EVERGREEN TALES. 1948. 3 volumes.
- ALADDIN AND THE WONDERFUL LAMP. Illustrated by Fritz Kredel.
- Southey, Robert. THE THREE BEARS. Ilustrated by William Moyers.
- THE STORY OF JOSEPH AND HIS BROTHERS. Illustrated by Arthur Szyk.
- Browning, Robert. THE RING AND THE BOOK. 1949. 2 volumes. Signed by Carl
- Andersen, Hans Christian. THE COMPLETE ANDERSEN. 1949. 6 volumes. 168
stories. Signed by Fritz Kredel and Jean Hersholt.
- Twain, Mark. A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR’S COURT. 1949. Signed by
Honore Guilbeau.The Nineteenth Series: 1949 – 1950
- Dostoevsky, Fyodor. THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV. 1949. 2 volumes. Signed by
- THE SEVEN VOYAGES OF SINDBAD THE SAILOR. 1949. Signed by Edward A. Wilson.
- James, Henry. THE TURN OF THE SCREW. 1949. Illustrated by Mariette Lydis.
- France, Anatole. CRAINQUEBILLE. 1949. Signed by Bernard Lamotte.
- Brillat-Savarin, Jean Anthelme. THE PHYSIOLOGY OF TASTE. 1949. Illustrated
by Sylvain Sauvage. Originally issued at $25 for the LEC edition or $5 for
the Heritage Press edition.
- THE EVERGREEN TALES. 1949. 3 volumes.
- SAINT GEORGE AND THE DRAGON. Illustrated by Edward Shenton.
- Beaumont, Mme. Le Prince de. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Illustrated by Edy
- DICK WHITTINGTON AND HIS CAT. Illustrated by Robert Lawson. Signed by
Robert Lawson and Jean Hersholt.
- The Evergreen Tales. 1949. 3 volumes.
- THE TALE OF ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES. Edward Ardizzone,
- Perrault, Charles. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY IN THE WOOD. Sylvain Sauvage.
- Andersen, Hans Christian. THE UGLY DUCKLING. Everett Gee Jackson.
- THE TALE OF ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES. Edward Ardizzone,
- Swift, Jonathan. A VOYAGE TO LILLIPUT BY DR. LEMUEL GULLIVER. and A VOYAGE
TO BROBDINGNAG MADE BY LEMUEL GULLIVER 1950.
- Pushkin, Alexander. THE GOLDEN COCKEREL. 1949. Signed by Edmund Dulac.
- Flaubert, Gustave. MADAME BOVARY. 1950. Signed by Pierre Brissaud.
- Doyle, Arthur Conan. THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES. 1950. 3 vols
- Frost, Robert. THE COMPLETE POEMS OF ROBERT FROST. 1950. 2 volumes. Signed
by Robert Frost, Thomas W. Nason, and Bruce Rogers.The Twentieth Series: 1951 – 1952
- Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de. DON QUIXOTE, THE INGENIOUS GENTLEMAN OF LA MANCHA. 1950. 2 volumes. Signed by Edy Legrand.
- Apuleius, Lucius. THE MARRIAGE OF CUPID AND PSYCHE. 1951. Signed by Edmund
- Scott, Sir Walter. IVANHOE. 1951. 2 volumes. Signed by Edward A. Wilson
- Turgenev, Ivan. FATHERS AND SONS. 1951. Signed by Fritz Eichenberg.
- Tolstoy, Leo. ANNA KARENINA. 1951. 2 volumes. Signed by Barnett Freedman.
- Shakespeare, William. THE LIFE OF KING HENRY V. 1951. Illustrated by Fritz
- Wister Owen. THE VIRGINIAN. 1951. Signed by William Moyes.
- Schiller, Johann Christoph Friedrich von. WILLIAM TELL. 1951. Signed by
- Manzoni, Alessandro. THE BETROTHED. 1951. Signed by Bruno Bramanti and
- Stevenson, Robert Louis. STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE. 1952.
Signed by Edward A. Wilson.
- Dumas, Alexandre. THE BLACK TULIP. 1951. Signed by Jan van Krimpen and
- Fielding, Henry. THE HISTORY OF TOM JONES, A FOUNDLING. 1952. 2 volumes.
Signed by T.M. Cleland.The Twenty-First Series: 1952 – 1953
- Raspe, Rudolph and others. THE SINGULAR ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN.
1952. Signed by Fritz Kredel.
- The Evergreen Tales. 1952. 3 volumes.
- Andersen, Hans Christian. THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES. Signed by Jean
Hershot and Ervine Metzl
- Hawthorne, Nathaniel. PANDORA’S BOX. Signed by Rafaello Busoni.
- Hawthorne, Nathaniel. KING MIDAS AND THE GOLDEN TOUCH. Signed by
- Andersen, Hans Christian. THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES. Signed by Jean
- Doyle, Arthur Conan. THE LATER ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES. 1952. 2
- Doyle, Arthur Conan. THE FINAL ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES. 1952. 2
- BEOWUF. 1952. Illustrated by Lynd Ward. Not signed.
- Maupassant, Guy de. A WOMAN’S LIFE. 1952. Edy Legrand, illustrator.
- Dickinson, Emily. POEMS OF EMILY DICKINSON. 1952. Signed by Helen Sewell.
- THE EVERGREEN TALES. 1952. 3 volumes:
- Perrault, Charles. BLUEBEARD. Translated by Arthur Quiller-Couch,
illustrated by Hans Bendix. Signed by Jean Hersholt, editor.
- Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm. HANSEL AND GRETEL. Translated by P. H.
Muir, illustrated by Henry C. Pitz. Signed by Jean Hersholt, editor.
- JACK AND THE BEANSTALK. Retold by Jean Hersholt, illustrated by
Malcolm Cameron. Signed by Jean Hersholt, editor.
- Perrault, Charles. BLUEBEARD. Translated by Arthur Quiller-Couch,
- Virgil. THE GEORGICS. 1952. Signed by Bruno Bramante and Giovanni
- Tennyson, Alfred Lord. IDYLLS OF THE KING. 1952. Signed by Lynd Ward.
- Doughty, Charles M. TRAVELS IN ARABIA DESERTA. 1953. Illustrated by Edy
Legrand. Not signed.
- Tegner, Esaias. FRITHIOF’S SAGA. 1953. Signed by Eric Palmquist.The Twenty-Second Series: 1953 – 1954
- Voltaire, Francois Marie Arouet. THE HISTORY OF ZADIG OR DESTINY. 1952.
Illustrated by Sylvain Sauvage. Unsigned.
- Spenser, Edmund. THE FAERIE QUEENE. 1953. 2 volumes. Signed by Agnes
- Eliot, George. SILAS MARNER, THE WEAVER OF RAVELOE. 1953. Signed by Lynton
- Jonson, Ben. VOLPONE, or THE FOX. 1952. Signed by Rene ben Sussan.
- Dumas, Alexandre. THE THREE MUSKETEERS. 1953. Illustrated by Edy Legrand.
- Sheridan, Richard Brinsley. THE RIVALS. 1953. Signed by Rene ben Sussan.
- France, Anatole. THE REVOLT OF THE ANGELS. 1953. Illustrated by Pierre
- Rostand, Edmond. CYRANO DE BERGERAC. 1954. Signed by Pierre Brissaud.
- Machiavelli, Niccolo. THE PRINCE 1954.
- Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. THE STORY OF REYNARD THE FOX. 1954. Signed by
- Defoe, Daniel. THE FORTUNES AND MISFORTUNES OF THE FAMOUS MOLL FLANDERS. 1954. Signed by Reginald Marsh.
- Proust, Marcel. SWANN’S WAY. 1954. Signed by Bernard Lamotte.The Twenty-Third Series: 1954 – 1955
- Grammaticus, Saxo. THE HISTORY OF AMLETH PRINCE OF DENMARK. 1954. Signed
by Sigurd Vasegaard.
- Milton, John. L’ALLEGRO and IL PENSEROSO. 1954.
- Dreiser, Theodore. AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY. 1954. Illustrated by Reginald
Marsh. Not signed.
- Riggs, Lynn. GREEN GROW THE LILACS. 1954. Signed by Thomas Hart Benton.
- Caesar, Julius. THE GALLIC WARS. 1954. Signed by Bruno Bramanti and
- Milton, John. THE MASQUE OF COMUS. 1954. Illustrated by Edmund Dulac.
- POPOL VUH : THE BOOK OF THE PEOPLE. 1954. Signed by Everett Gee Jackson.
- Thackeray, William Makepeace. THE NEWCOMES. 1954. 2 volumes. Signed by
- Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. THE CONFESSIONS OF JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU. 1955.
Signed by William Sharp.
- Burton, Richard (translator). THE ARABIAN NIGHTS ENTERTAINMENTS. 1954. 4 volumes. Illustrated by Arthur Szyk. Unsigned
- Hugo, Victor. NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS. 1955. Signed by Bernard Lamotte.The Twenty-Fourth Series: 1955 – 1956
- Sophocles. OEDIPUS THE KING. 1955. Signed by Demetrios Galanis.
- Holmes, Oliver Wendell. THE AUTOCRAT OF THE BREAKFAST TABLE. 1955. Signed
by Raymond J. Holden.
- Dumas, Alexandre. CAMILLE (LA DAME AUX CAMELIAS). 1955. Signed by Bernard
- Ibsen, Henrik. PEER GYNT. 1955. Signed by Per Krohg.
- Meredith, George. THE SHAVING OF SHAGPAT. 1955. Signed by Honore Guilbeau
- Stendhal. THE CHARTERHOUSE OF PARMA. 1955. Signed by Rafaello Busoni.
- Hardy, Thomas. TESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES. 1956. Signed by Agnes Miller
- Trollope, Anthony. THE WARDEN. 1955. Signed by Fritz Kredel.
- Dostoevsky, Fyodor. THE IDIOT. 1956. Signed by Fritz Eichenberg.
- Carlyle, Thomas. THE FRENCH REVOLUTION. 1956. Signed by Bernard Lamotte.
- Darwin, Charles. THE JOURNAL OF RESEARCH : THE VOYAGE OF H.M.S. BEAGLE.
1956. Signed by Robert Gibbings.
- Thackeray, William Makepeace. THE HISTORY OF HENRY ESMOND, ESQ. 1956.
Signed by Edward Ardizzone.The Twenty-Fifth Series: 1956 – 1957
- Verne, Jules. TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. 1956. Signed by
Edward A. Wilson.
- Aurelius, Marcus. MEDITATIONS OF MARCUS AURELIUS. 1956. Signed by Hans
- Bulwer-Lytton, Edward George. THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII. 1956. Signed by
Kurt Craemer and Giovanni Mardersteig
- Stevenson, Robert Louis. THE BEACH OF FALESA. 1956. Signed by Millard
- Austen, Jane. SENSE AND SENSIBILITY. 1957. Illustrated by Helen Sewell.
- Heine, Heinrich. POEMS OF HEINRICH HEINE. 1957. Signed by Fritz Kredel.
- Dickens, Charles. DOMBEY AND SON 1957. 2 volumes. Signed by Henry C. Pitz.
- Prescott, Willian Hickling. HISTORY OF THE CONQUEST OF PERU. 1957. Signed
by Everett Gee Jackson and Harry Block.
- Adams, Henry. MONT-SAINT-MICHEL AND CHARTRES. 1957. Signed by Samuel Chamberlain.
- Stevenson, Robert Louis. TRAVELS WITH A DONKEY. 1957. Signed by Roger Duvoisin.
- Carus, Titus Lucretius. OF THE NATURE OF THINGS. 1957. Signed by Paul Landacre.
- Cook, Capt. James. THE EXPLORATIONS OF CAPTAIN JAMES COOK IN THE PACIFIC.
1957. Signed by Geoffrey C. Ingleton and Douglas Dunstan.The Twenty-Sixth Series: 1957 – 1958
- Hersey, John. THE WALL. 1957. Signed by William Sharp.
- Wilde, Oscar. THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY. 1957. Signed by Lucille Corcos.
- Harris, Joel Chandler. UNCLE REMUS: HIS SONGS AND SAYINGS. 1957. Signed by
- Dumas, Alexandre. TWENTY YEARS AFTER. 1958. Signed by Edy Legrand.
- THE KORAN: SELECTED SURAS. 1958. Signed by Valenti Angelo
- Rhodius, Apollonius. THE ARGONAUTICA. 1957. Signed by A. Tassos.
- Bulfinch, Thomas. THE AGE OF FABLE. 1958. Signed by Joe Mugnaini
- Hardy, Thomas. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD. 1958. Signed by Agnes Miller
Parker on the limitations page.In addition to the bound-in wood engravings, the book was issued
with a laid-in loose engraving on Japanese paper signed in pencil by the
- Alain-Fournier. THE WANDERER: LE GRAND MEAULNES. 1958. Signed by Andre
- CHRONICLE OF THE CID. 1958. Signed by Rene ben Sussan.
- Ovid. METAMORPHOSES: IN FIFTEEN BOOKS. 1958. Signed by Hans Erni and Hans
- Gilbert and Sullivan. FIRST NIGHT. 1958. Unsigned.The Twenty-Seventh Series: 1958 – 1959
- Trollope, Anthony. BARCHESTER TOWERS. 1958. Signed by Fritz Kredel.
There is a variant binding with a different pattern paper covering the boards.
- THE HISTORIES OF HERODOTUS OF HALICARNASSUS. 1958. Signed by Edward Bawden
- QUARTO-MILLENARY: THE FIRST 250 PUBLICATIONS AND THE FIRST 25 YEARS (1929 – 1954) OF THE LIMITED EDITIONS CLUB. 1959.
- Verne, Jules. THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND. 1959. Signed by Edward A. Wilson.
- Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. WILHELM MEISTER’S APPRENTICESHIP. 1959.
Signed by William Sharp.
- Saint-Simon, Duc de. THE MEMOIRS OF LOUIS DE ROUVROY DUC DE SAINT-SIMON
COVERING THE YEARS 1691-1723. 1959. 2 volumes. Signed by Pierre Brissaud.
- Alarcon, Pedron Antonio de. THE THREE-CORNERED HAT. 1959. Signed by Roger
- Jackson, Helen Hunt. RAMONA. 1959. Signed by Everett Gee Jackson.
- Conrad, Joseph. LORD JIM. 1959. Signed by Lynd Ward.
- Congreve, William. THE WAY OF THE WORLD. 1959. Signed by T.M. Cleland.
- Sienkiewicz, Henryk. QUO VADIS? 1959. Signed by Salvatore Fiume and by
- Collins, Wilkie. THE MOONSTONE. 1959. Signed by Andre Dignimont.The Twenty-Eighth Series: 1959 – 1960
- Aristophanes. THE BIRDS. 1959. Signed by Marian Parry.
- Dostoevsky, Fyodor. THE POSSESSED. 1959. 2 volumes. Signed by Fritz
- Froissart, Jean. THE CHRONICLES OF ENGLAND. 1959. Signed by Henry C. Pitz.
- Wells, H. G. TONO-BUNGAY. 1960. Signed by Lynton Lamb.
- London , Jack. THE CALL OF THE WILD. 1960. Signed by Henry Varnum Poor.
- Flaubert, Gustave. SALAMMBO. 1960. Signed by Edward Bawden.
- Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro). THE ECLOGUES. 1960. Signed by Marcel
- THE NIBELUNGENLIED. 1960. Signed by Edy Legrand.
- Wallace, Lew BEN-HUR. 1960. Signed by Joe Mugnaini.
- Beerbohm, Max. ZULEIKA DOBSON. 1960. Signed by George Him.
- Hugo, Victor. TOILERS OF THE SEA. 1960. Signed by Tranquillo Marangoni and Giovanni Mardersteig.
- THE LIVING TALMUD: THE WISDOM OF THE FATHERS. 1960. Signed by Ben-Zion.
A “popularity ballot” for voting on future titles to be published was enclosed with the Monthly letter. The Monthly Letter also included an offer of an artist signed copy of Ben-Zion’s Rabbi Jacob print to any subscriber who wrote requesting one. Copies of the book with the signed print laid-in loose are not common.The Twenty-Ninth Series: 1960 – 1961
- THE ROMANCE OF TRISTAN AND ISEULT. 1960. Signed by Serge Ivanoff.
- Balzac, Honore de. EUGENIE GRANDET 1960. Signed by Rene ben Sussan.
- THE BOOK OF PSALMS. 1960. Signed by Valenti Angelo.
- Cooper, James Fenimore. THE DEERSLAYER. 1961. Signed by Edward A. Wilson.
- Melville, Herman. OMOO. 1961. Signed by Reynolds Stone.
- Paine, Thomas. RIGHTS OF MAN. 1961. Signed by Lynd Ward.
- Schreiner, Olive. THE STORY OF AN AFRICAN FARM. 1961. Signed by Paul
- Conrad, Joseph. NOSTROMO. 1961. Signed by Lima de Freitas.
- Howells, William Dean. THE RISE OF SILAS LAPHAM. 1961. Signed by Mimi
- ODES AND EPODES OF HORACE. 1961. 2 volumes. Unsigned.
- London, Jack. THE SEA WOLF. 1961. Signed by Fletcher Martin.
- Thackeray, William Makepeace. THE HISTORY OF PENDENNIS. 1961. 2 volumes.
Signed by Charles W. Stewart.The Thirtieth Series: 1961 – 1962
- Aeschylus. THE ORESTEIA. 1961. Signed by Michael Ayrton.
- Tarkington, Booth. MONSIEUR BEAUCAIRE. 1961. Signed by T.M. Cleland.
- Scott, Sir Walter. WAVERLEY. 1961. Signed by Robert Ball.
- Wilder, Thornton. THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY. 1962. Signed by Jean
- Twain, Mark. THE INNOCENTS ABROAD. 1962. Signed by Fritz Kredel.
- Mann, Thomas. THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN. 1962. 2 volumes. Signed by Felix
- Shaw, George Bernard. MAN AND SUPERMAN. 1962. Signed by Charles Mozley.
- THE CONFESSIONS OF ST. AUGUSTINE. 1962. Signed by Edy Legrand.
- Lewis and Clark. THE JOURNALS OF THE EXPEDITION UNDER THE COMMANDE OF
CAPTS. LEWIS AND CLARK. 1962. 2 volumes.
- Kipling, Rudyard. KIM. 1962. Signed by Robin Jacques.
- Plato. THE TRIAL AND DEATH OF SOCRATES. 1962. Signed by Hans Erni and
- Verne, Jules. AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS. 1962. Signed by Edward A.
Wilson.The Thirty-First Series: 1962 – 1963
- Grimm, J. L. and W. K. GRIMM’S FAIRY TALES. 1962 – 1963. Four volumes,
issued in two installments. Signed by Lucille Corcos.
- Cooper, James Fenimore. THE SPY. 1963. Signed by Henry C. Pitz.
- Moliere. TARTUFFE and THE WOULD-BE GENTLEMAN. 1963. Signed by Serge
- Wyss, Johann David. THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. 1963. Signed by David
- Maupassant, Guy de. THE TALES OF GUY DE MAUPASSANT. 1963. Signed by Gunter
- Eliot, George. THE MILL ON THE FLOSS. 1963. Signed by Wray Manning.
- Darwin, Charles. ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES. 1963. Illustrated by Paul
Landacre. Not signed.
- Tranquillus, Gaius Suetonius. THE LIVES OF THE TWELVE CAESARS. 1963.
Signed by Salvatore Fiume and Giovanni Mardersteig.
- Tolstoy, Leo. RESURRECTION. 1963. Signed by Fritz Eichenberg.
- JOURNALS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS ON THE LIFE AND VOYAGES OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS. 1963. Signed by Lima de Freitas.
- Maurier, George du. PETER IBBETSON. 1963. Not signed.The Thirty-Second Series: 1963 – 1964
- James, Henry. THE AMBASSADORS. 1963. Signed by Leslie Saalburg.
- THE BOOK OF PROVERBS. 1963. Signed by Valenti Angelo.
- Hardy, Thomas. THE MAYOR OF CASTERBRIDGE. 1964. Signed by Agnes Miller
- Wells, H. G. THE WAR OF THE WORLDS and THE TIME MACHINE. 1964. 2 volumes.
Signed by Joe Mugnaini.
- Galsworthy, John. THE MAN OF PROPERTY. 1964. Signed by Charles Mosley.
- Aristotle. THE POLITICS and THE POETICS. 1964. Signed by Leonard Baskin.
- Collins, Wilkie. THE WOMAN IN WHITE. 1964. Signed by Leonard Rosoman.
- Goldsmith, Oliver. SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER. 1964. Signed by T. M. Cleland.
- Austen, Jane. EMMA. 1964. Signed by Fritz Kredel.
- THE SATYRICON OF PETRONIUS. 1964. Signed by Antonio Sotomayer.
- Twain, Mark. THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER. 1964. Signed by Clarke Hutton.
- Franklin, Benjamin. POOR RICHARD’S ALMANACKS FOR THE YEARS 1733-1758.
1964. Signed by Norman Rockwell.The Thirty-Third Series: 1964 – 1965
- Nietzsche, Friedrich. THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA. 1964. Chapter Initials drawn by Arnold Bank. Book design by Adrian Wilson. Issued without illustrations and unsigned.
- Ibsen, Henrik. THREE PLAYS. 1964. Signed by Fredrik Matheson.
- Dumas, Alexandre. THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK. 1965. Signed by Edy Legrand.
- Stevenson, Robert Louis. THE MASTER OF BALLANTRAE. 1965. Signed by Lynd
- Melville, Herman. BILLY BUDD and BENETO CERENO. 1965. Signed by Robert
- Burns, Robert. THE POEMS OF ROBERT BURNS. 1965. Signed by Joan Hassall.
- BHAGAVAD GITA: THE SONG CELESTIAL. 1965. Signed by Y. G. Srimati.
- Aeschylus. PROMETHEUS BOUND and Percy Bysshe Shelley’s PROMETHEUS UNBOUND. 1965. Illustrations by John Farleigh.
- Cooper, James Fenimore. THE PATHFINDER. 1965. Signed by Richard M. Powers.
- Conrad, Joseph. THE N***** OF THE NARCISSUS. 1965. Signed by Millard
- Sinclair, Upton. THE JUNGLE. 1965. Signed by the author and by Fletcher
- O. Henry. (Porter, William Sydney). THE STORIES OF O. HENRY. 1965. Signed
by John Groth.The Thirty-Fourth Series: 1965 – 1966
- Petrarch. THE SONNETS OF PETRARCH. 1965. Signed by Aldo Salvadori and
- Stoker, Bram. DRACULA. 1965. Signed by Felix Hoffman.
- Marlowe, Christopher. FOUR PLAYS. 1966. Signed by Albert Decaris.
- Hope, Anthony. THE PRISONER OF ZENDA. 1966. Signed by Donald H. Spencer.
- Epictetus. THE DISCOURSES AND MANUAL OF EPICTETUS. 1966. Signed by Hans
- Dickens, Charles. HARD TIMES. 1966. Signed by Charles Raymond.
- Shaw, George Bernard. TWO PLAYS FOR PURITANS. 1966. Signed by George Him.
- Keats, John. THE POEMS OF JOHN KEATS. 1966. Signed by David Gentleman.
- Scott, Sir Walter. KENILWORTH. 1966. Signed by Clarke Hutton.
- Twain, Mark. A TRAMP ABROAD. 1966. Signed by David Knight.
- Chekhov, Anton. TWO PLAYS OF ANTON CHEKHOV. 1966. Signed by Lajos Szalay.
- THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS. 1966. Signed by Shraga Weil.The Thirty-Fifth Series: 1966 – 1967
- Verne, Jules. A JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH. 1966. Signed by Edward
- Hawthorne, Nathaniel. TWICE-TOLD TALES. 1966. Signed by Valenti Angelo.
- Vasari, Giorgio. LIVES OF THE MOST EMINENT PAINTERS. 1966. 2 volumes.
Signed by Giovanni Mardersteig
- Bierce, Ambrose. THE MONK AND THE HANGMAN’S DAUGHTER. 1967. Signed by
- James, Henry. THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY. 1967. Signed by Colleen Browning.
- Dostoevsky, Fyodor. THE GAMBLER and NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND. 1967. Signed by Alexandre Alexeieff.
- Euripides. THREE PLAYS OF EURIPIDES. 1967. Signed by Michael Ayrton.
- THE BOOK OF BALLADS. 1967. Signed by Fritz Kredel.
- Wells, H. G. THE INVISIBLE MAN. 1967. Signed by Charles Mozley.
- Alcott, Louisa May. LITTLE WOMEN. 1967. Signed by Henry C. Pitz.
- Jefferson, Thomas. THE WRITINGS OF THOMAS JEFFERSON. 1967. Signed by Lynd
- Shakespeare, William. THE POEMS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE. 1967. Signed by
Agnes Miller Parker.Thirty-Sixth Series 1967 – 1968
- Prescott, William H. THE HISTORY OF THE REIGN OF FERDINAND AND ISABELLA
THE CATHOLIC. 1967. Signed by Lima de Freitas.
- Mitchell, Margaret. GONE WITH THE WIND. 1968. 2 volumes. Signed by John
- Defoe, Daniel. A JOURNAL OF THE PLAGUE YEAR. 1968. Signed by Domenico
- Joyce, James. A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN. 1968. Signed by
- Kipling, Rudyard. THE JUNGLE BOOKS. 1968. Signed by David Gentleman.
- THE BOOK ECCLESIASTES. 1968. Signed by Edgar Miller
- Maupassant, Guy de. BEL-AMI. 1968. Signed by Bernard LaMotte.
- Wilde, Oscar. THE SHORT STORIES OF OSCAR WILDE. 1968. Signed by James
- Donne, John. THE POEMS OF JOHN DONNE. 1968. Signed by Imre Reiner.
- Thoreau, Henry David. CAPE COD. 1968. Signed by Raymond J. Holden.
- Plato. THREE DIALOGUES OF PLATO. 1968. Signed by Eugene Karlin.
- Cooper, James Fenimore. THE PILOT. 1968. Signed by Robert M. Quackenbush.Thirty-Seventh Series 1968 – 1969
- AMERICAN INDIAN LEGENDS. 1968. Signed by Everett Gee Jackson.
- Remarque, Erich Maria. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT. 1969. Signed by
- Conrad, Joseph. HEART OF DARKNESS. 1969. Signed by Robert Shore.
- Dumas, Alexandre. MARGUERITE DE VALOIS. 1969. Signed by Edy Legrand.
- Scott, Sir Walter. THE TALISMAN. 1969. Signed by Federico Castellon.
- James, Henry. DAISY MILLER. 1969. Signed by Gustave Nebel.
- Creasey, Sir Edward S. THE FIFTEEN DECISIVE BATTLES OF THE WORLD. 1969.
Signed by Joseph Domjan.
- Hardy, Thomas. JUDE THE OBSCURE. 1969. Signed by Agnes Miller Parker on
the limitations page.Issued with a laid-in loose two color engraving on Japanese paper signed in pencil by the artist.
- Aquinas, Thomas. THE WRITINGS OF ST. THOMAS AQUINAS. 1969. Signed by
- Xenophon. THE ANABASIS. 1969. Signed by A. Tassos.
- Browning, Robert. THE POEMS OF ROBERT BROWNING. 1969. Signed by Peter
- Irving, Washington. THE ALHAMBRA. 1969. Signed by Lima de Freitas.Thirty-Eighth Series 1970 – 1971
- Steinbeck, John. OF MICE AND MEN. 1970. Signed by Fletcher Martin. Bound
in quarter suede cowhide. Blue denim cloth covered boards.
- Frazer, Sir James George. THE GOLDEN BOUGH. 1970. 2 volumes. Signed by
- Yeats, W. B. THE POEMS OF W. B. YEATS. 1970. Signed by Robin Jacques.
- Washington, Booker T. UP FROM SLAVERY. 1970. Signed by Denver Gillen.
- Livy. THE HISTORY OF EARLY ROME. 1970. Signed by Raffaele Scorzelli &
- THE ANALECTS OF CONFUCIUS. 1970. Signed by Tseng Yu-ho.
- Verne, Jules. FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON; and AROUND THE MOON. 1970. 2
volumes. Signed by Robert Shore.
- Addison, Joseph. THE SPECTATOR. 1970. Signed by Lynton Lamb.
- Twain, Mark. THE NOTORIOUS JUMPING FROG AND OTHER STORIES. 1970. Signed by Joseph Low
- RUSSIAN FOLK TALES. 1970. Signed by Teje Etchemendy.
- Pushkin, Alexander. THE CAPTAIN’S DAUGHTER AND OTHER STORIES. 1971. Signed
by Charles Mozley.
- Dickens, Charles. THE SHORT STORIES OF CHARLES DICKENS. 1971. Signed by
Edward Ardizzone and Joseph Blumenthal.Thirty-Ninth Series 1971 – 1972
- Darwin, Charles. THE DESCENT OF MAN, AND SELECTION IN RELATION TO SEX.
1971. Signed by Fritz Kredel.
- Austen, Jane. NORTHANGER ABBEY. 1971. Signed by Clarke Hutton.
- Baudelaire, Charles. THE FLOWERS OF EVIL. 1971. 2 volumes. Signed by
- Camus, Albert. THE STRANGER. 1971. Signed by Daniel Maffia.
- James, Henry. WASHINGTON SQUARE. 1971. Signed by Lawrence Beall Smith.
- Ovidius Naso, Publius. (Ovid). THE ART OF LOVE. 1971. Signed by Eric
- Pascal, Blaise. LES PENSEES. 1971. Signed by Ismar David.
- SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT. 1971. Signed by Cyril Satorsky.
- Shelley, Percy B. THE POEMS OF PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY. 1971. Signed by
Richard Shirley Smith.
- Mann, Thomas. DEATH IN VENICE. 1972. Signed by Felix Hoffmann.
An unknown number of portfolios of the illustrations consisting of 16 artist signed prints was issued separately.
- O’Neill, Eugene. AH, WILDERNESS! 1972. Signed by Shannon Stirnweis.
- Conrad, Joseph. YOUTH, TYPHOON, and THE END OF THE TETHER. 1972. Signed by
Robert Shore and Ward Ritchie.The Fortieth Series 1972 – 1973
- Tolstoy, Leo. CHILDHOOD, BOYHOOD, YOUTH. 1972. Signed by Fritz Eichenberg.
- Twain, Mark. ROUGHING IT. 1972. Signed by Noel Sickles.
- White, Gilbert. THE NATURAL HISTORY OF SELBORNE. 1972. Signed by John
- THE MEMOIRS OF CASANOVA. 1972. Signed by Rene ben Sussan.
- Bierce, Ambrose. THE DEVIL’S DICTIONARY. 1972. Signed by Fritz Kredel.
- THE ORATIONS AND ESSAYS OF CICERO. 1972. Signed by Salvatore Fiume.
- Faulkner, Raymond O. (translator and intro). THE BOOK OF THE DEAD. 1972. 2
volumes. Illustrated with reproductions of paintings from the original Papyrus
- THE PANCHATANTRA. 1972. Signed by Y.G. Srimati.
- Voltaire. CANDIDE, or OPTIMISM. 1973. Signed by May Neama.
- Blake, William. THE POEMS OF WILLIAM BLAKE. 1973. Illustrated by the
- Wilde, Oscar. LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN and THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST. 1973. Signed by Tony Walton.
- Dumas, Alexandre. THE QUEEN”S NECKLACE 1973. Signed by Cyril Arnstam.The Forty-First Series 1973 – 1974
- Chekhov, Anton. THE SHORT STORIES OF ANTON CHEKHOV. 1973. Signed by Lajos
- IRISH FOLK TALES. 1973. Signed by Ted Gensamer.
- London, Jack. WHITE FANG. 1973. Signed by Lydia Dabcovich.
- Wharton, Edith. THE AGE OF INNOCENCE. 1973. Signed by Lawrence Beall
- Wordsworth, William. THE POEMS OF WILLIAM WORDSWORTH. 1973. Signed by John O’Connor.
- Kipling, Rudyard. TALES OF EAST AND WEST. 1973. Signed by Charles Raymond.
- Huxley, Aldous. BRAVE NEW WORLD. 1974. Signed by Mara McAfee.
- Leonard, William Ellery (translator). GILGAMESH. 1974. Signed by Irving
- Boswell, James. JOURNAL OF A TOUR TO THE HEBRIDES WITH SAMUEL JOHNSON.
1974. Illustrated by Thomas Rowlandson.
- Weems, Mason L. THE LIFE OF WASHINGTON. 1974. Signed by Robert
- Thucydides. THE HISTORY OF THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR. 1974. 2 volumes. Signed
by A. Tassos.
- Twain, Mark. PUDDNHEAD WILSON. 1974. Signed by John Groth. Accompanied by
PUDD’NHEAD WILSON’S CALENDAR, a separate small paperbound volume also
illustrated by Groth.The Forty-Second Series 1974 – 1975
- Shaw, George Bernard. PYGMALION and CANDIDA. 1974. Signed by Clarke
- Crane, Stephen. MAGGIE, A GIRL OF THE STREETS. 1974. 2000 copies. Signed
by Sigmund Abeles. Illustrated with gravure reproductions of original copper
etchings by Abeles. A signed limited edition original copper etching of the frontiespiece illustration was mailed separately to the book’s 2000 subscribers. Copies of the book with that etching laid-in loose can be hard to find.
- Bradbury, Ray. THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES. 1974. Signed by the author and
- Wilder, Thornton. OUR TOWN. 1974. Signed by the author and Robert J. Lee.
- Dostoevsky, Fyodor. A RAW YOUTH. 1974. 2 volumes. Signed by Fritz
- Tennyson, Alfred Lord. THE POEMS OF ALFRED LORD TENNYSON. 1974. Signed by
- Dickens, Charles. AMERICAN NOTES. 1975. Signed by Raymond F. Houlihan.
- Wharton, Edith. THE HOUSE OF MIRTH. 1975. Signed by Lily Harmon.
- Conrad, Joseph. AN OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS. 1975. Signed by Robert Shore.
- Jerome, Jerome K. THREE MEN IN A BOAT. 1975. Signed by John Griffiths.
- Thoreau, Henry David. A WEEK ON THE CONCORD AND MERRIMACK RIVERS. 1975.
Signed by Raymond J. Holden.
- Sophocles. ANTIGONE. 1975. Signed by Harry Bennett.The Forty-Third Series 1975 – 1976
- Walpole, Hugh. THE CASTLE OF OTRANTO. 1975. Signed by Wilmarth S. Lewis.
- Burke, Edmund. ON CONCILIATION WITH AMERICA, AND OTHER PAPERS ON THE
AMERICAN REVOLUTION. 1975. Signed by Lynd Ward.
- Fernandez de Oviedo y Valdes, Capt. Gonzalo. THE CONQUEST AND SETTLEMENT
OF THE ISLAND OF BORIQUEN or PUERTO RICO. 1975. Signed by Jack and Irene
- Lawrence, D. H. SONS AND LOVERS. 1975. Signed by Sheila Robinson.
- Bligh, William. A VOYAGE TO THE SOUTH SEAS. 1975. Signed by Geoffrey C.
Ingleton and Douglas Dunstan.
- Kafka, Franz. THE TRIAL. 1975. Signed by Alan E. Cober.
- Pater, Walter. THE RENAISSANCE. 1976. Signed by Martino Mardersteig.
- Arnold, Sir Edwin. THE LIGHT OF ASIA. 1976. Illustrated by Ayres
- Defoe, Daniel. ROXANA. 1976. Signed by Bernd Kroeber.
- Stevenson, Robert Louis. NEW ARABIAN NIGHTS. 1976. Signed by Clarke
- Gogol, Nikolai. THE OVERCOAT and THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR. 1976. Signed by Saul Field.
- Cabell, James Branch. JURGEN A Comedy of Justice. 1976. Signed by Virgil
Burnett.The Forty-Fourth Series 1976 – 1978 (Subscription Price $650 for the series)
- Turgenev, Ivan. THE TORRENTS OF SPRING. 1976. Signed by Lajos Szalay.
- Austen, Jane. PERSUASION. 1977. Signed and illustrated by Tony
Buonpastore. (LEC Vol #503)
- Hesse, Hermann. STEPPENWOLF. 1977. Signed by Helmut Ackermann.
200 signed and numbered portfolios of the eight woodcuts illustrating the book were issued separately in 1979 by The Print Club, New York.
- Hugo, Victor. THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO. 1977. Illustrated by Edouard Detaille. Signed by Drew Middleton.
- Sassoon, Siegfried. MEMOIRS OF A FOX-HUNTING MAN. 1977. Signed by Paul
- THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT. 1977. Unsigned.
- THE BALLADS OF ROBIN HOOD. 1977. Signed by David Gentleman.
- Anderson, Sherwood. WINESBURG, OHIO. 1978. Signed by Ben F. Stahl.
- Flaubert, Gustave. THREE TALES. 1978. Signed by May Neama.The Forty-Fifth Series 1979 – 1981
- THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET ISAIAH. 1979. Signed by Chaim Gross and by H.
- Villon, Francois. THE LYRICAL POEMS OF FRANCOIS VILLON. 1979. Signed by
Stephen Harvard, the typographer & designer. Unillustrated.Issued with no illustrations. However, a numbered & pencil signed, limited edition wood-engraving by Fritz Eichenberg depicting “Death & the Maiden, the Balladeer, the Gallows, Notre Dame, and cobbled streets“, was mailed to subscribers in 1982 (three years after publication of the book!!) as an unexpected supplement to the book. Copies of the book with that engraving laid-in can be hard to find. Sometimes the engraving can be found offered for sale separately.
- Singer, Isaac Bashevis. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CRACOW and THE MIRROR. 1979.
Signed by the author and by Raphael Soyer.
- Carson, Rachel. THE SEA AROUND US. 1980. Signed by Alfred Eisenstaedt.
- Fitzgerald, F. Scott. THE GREAT GATSBY. 1980. Signed by Fred Meyer.
- Graves, Robert. POEMS. 1980. Signed by Paul Hogarth.
- Rilke, Rainer Maria. SELECTED POEMS OF RAINER MARIA RILKE. 1981. Signed by
- Sassoon, Siegfried. MEMOIRS OF AN INFANTRY OFFICER. 1981. Signed by Paul
- Crane, Hart. THE BRIDGE. 1981. Signed by Richard Mead Benson.
- Homer. THE ODYSSEY. 1981. Signed by Barry Moser.
- Grimmelshausen, Johann von. THE ADVENTURES OF SIMPLICISSIMUS. 1981. Signed
by Fritz Eichenberg.
- Cowley, Malcolm. EXILE’S RETURN. 1981. Signed by Malcolm Cowley and by
Berenice Abbott.The Forty-Sixth Series 1982
- Fitzgerald, F. Scott. TENDER IS THE NIGHT. 1982. Signed by Fred Meyer and
Charles Scribner III.
- O’Neill, Eugene. THE ICEMAN COMETH. 1982. Signed by Leonard Baskin.
- Dostoevsky, Fyodor. THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD. 1982. Signed by Fritz
- Bradbury, Ray. FAHRENHEIT 451. 1982. Signed by the author and Joe
- Finney, Charles G. THE CIRCUS OF DR. LAO. 1982. Signed by Claire Van
- Brecht, Bertolt. THE THREEPENNY OPERA. 1982. Signed by Jack Levine and
- Heaney, Seamus. POEMS AND A MEMOIR BY SEAMUS HEANEY. 1982. Signed by the
author and by Henry Pearson and Thomas Flanagan (LEC Vol #530 : 7th Book / 46th Series)
- Williams, Tennessee. A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE. 1982. Signed by Al
- Marquez, Gabriel Garcia. ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE. 1982. Signed by
Rafael Ferrer, Alastair Reid and Gregory Rabassa. Issued with an additional loose lithograph laid-in.
- Walcott, Derek. POEMS OF THE CARIBBEAN. 1982. Signed on the colophon by
Derek Walcott and Romare Bearden. (LEC Vol #533 : 10th Book / 46th Series)In addition to the bound-in original lithographs, one of several
different hand-numbered limited edition lithographs by Bearden, each of
which was limited to 275 copies, was laid-in loose.The Forty-Seventh Series 1983 – 1985
- Colette. BREAK OF DAY. 1983. Signed by Francoise Gilot.
- Hersey, John. HIROSHIMA. 1983. (With original poetry by Robert Penn
Warren.) Signed by John Hersey, Robert Penn Warren, and Jacob Lawrence.
- Cather, Willa. A LOST LADY. 1983. Signed by William Bailey.
- Milosz, Czeslaw. THE CAPTIVE MIND. 1983. Signed by the author and Janusz
- Singer, Isaac Bashevis. THE MAGICIAN OF LUBLIN. 1984. Signed by the author
and by Larry Rivers.
- Kafka, Franz. METAMORPHOSIS. 1984. Signed by Jose Luis Cuevas.
- Miller, Arthur. DEATH OF A SALESMAN. 1984. Signed by Arthur Miller,
Leonard Baskin, and Bruce Chandler.
- Borges, Jorge Luis. FICCIONES. 1984. Signed by Sol LeWitt. (LEC Vol #541 : 8th Book / 47th Series)
- Poe, Edgar Allan. THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER. 1985. All copies signed
by Raphael Soyer. Some copies also signed by Alice Neel, who died before
signing all.Issued in a black linen covered drop-spine box. However, some
copies were issued in a black paper covered slipcase.
- Conrad, Joseph. THE SECRET SHARER. 1985. Signed by Bruce Chandler.The Forty-Eighth Series 1985 – 1988
- Grass, Gunter. THE FLOUNDER. 1985. 3 volumes. Signed by the author, who
also illustrated the books.
- Rimbaud, Arthur. A SEASON IN HELL. 1986. Signed by Robert Mapplethorpe and
Paul Schmidt. (LEC Vol #545 : 2nd Book / 48th Series)Forty signed and numbered portfolios of the illustrations were issued
- Joyce, James. DUBLINERS. 1986. Signed by Robert Ballagh and Tom Flanagan.
- Georges. THE DIARY OF A COUNTRY PRIEST. 1986. Signed by Fritz Eichenberg.
There were 50 copies of a separately issued portfolio of five engravings signed by Eichenberg.
- Kafka, Franz. IN THE PENAL COLONY. 1987. Signed by Michael Hafftka.
- lonesco, Eugene. JOURNEYS AMONG THE DEAD. 1987. Signed by Eugene Ionesco.
- Rilke, Rainer Maria. THE NOTEBOOKS OF MALTE LAURIDS BRIGGE. 1987. Not
illustrated. Issued unsigned.
- Faulkner, William. HUNTING STORIES. 1988. Signed by Neil Welliver. (LEC Vol #551 : 8th Book / 48th Series)
The Forty-Ninth Series 1988 – 1989
- Carpentier, Alejo. THE KINGDOM OF THIS WORLD. 1988. Signed by Roberto
Juarez and John Hersey.Twenty signed numbered portfolios of the illustrations were issued
- Paz, Octavio. THREE POEMS. 1988. Signed by Octavio Paz and by Robert
Motherwell. (LEC Vol #553 : 2nd Book / 49th Series)20 signed and numbered exhibition suites of the illustrations and 50
signed and numbered portfolios were issued separately in wooden boxes.
- Lampedusa, Giuseppe di. THE LEOPARD. 1988. Signed by Piero Guccione. (LEC Vol #554 : 5th Book / 49th Series)
- Durrenmatt, Friedrich. OEDIPUS. 1989. 2 volumes. Signed by Friedrich
Durrenmatt and by Marie Casindas. (LEC Vol #555 : 4th Book / 49th Series)
- Warren, Robert Penn. ALL THE KING’S MEN. 1989. 2 volumes. Signed by Robert
Penn Warren and by Hank O’Neal. (LEC Vol #556 : 5th & 6th Books / 49th Series)There were also 30 signed numbered portfolios of the photogravures
issued separately.The Fiftieth Series 1989 – 1990
- Beckett, Samuel. NOHOW ON. 1989. Signed by Samuel Beckett and by Robert
Ryman. (LEC Vol #557 : 1st Book / 50th Series)
- THE FIRST BOOK OF MOSES, CALLED GENESIS. 1990. Signed by Jacob Lawrence. (LEC Vol #558 : 2nd Book / 50th Series) 22 signed and numbered exhibition suites and 50 signed and numbered
portfolios of the Illustrations were issued separately.
- Hemingway, Ernest. THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA. 1990. Signed by Alfred
Eisenstaedt. (LEC Vol #559 : 3rd Book / 50th Series) 30 signed and numbered portfolios of the photogravures were issued
- Whitman, Walt. THE SONG OF THE OPEN ROAD. 1990. Signed by Aaron Siskind. (LEC Vol #560 : 4th Book / 50th Series) 12 signed numbered exhibition suites and 30 signed and numbered portfolios of the photogravures were issued separately.The Fifty-first Series
- O’Hara, Frank. POEMS. 1988. Illustrated by Willem de Kooning. (LEC Vol #561 : Only Book / 51st Series) 12 numbered exhibition suites and 60 numbered portfolios of the illustrations were issued separately.The Fifty-Second Series 1990 – 1992
- Kawabata, Yasunari. SNOW COUNTRY. 1990. Signed by Tadaaki Kuwayama and by
Edward Seidensticker. (LEC Vol #562 : 1st Book / 52nd Series) Also issued separately 40 signed & numbered portfolios of theillustrations.
- Mann, Thomas. THE BLACK SWAN 1990. Signed by John Hejduk.
- Mitchell, Joseph. THE BOTTOM OF THE HARBOR. 1991. Signed by Joseph Mitchell. Illustrated with photogravures by Berenice Abbott.
- Pasternak, Boris. MY SISTER, LIFE. 1992. Signed by Yuri Kuper. 40 signed and numbered portfolios of the etchings were issued separately.The Fifty-third Series 1992 – 1993 (Subscription Price $5,000 for the series)
- Mallarme, Stephane. UN COUP DE DES JAMAIS N’ABOLIRA LE HASARD. 1992.
Signed by Ellsworth Kelly.
- Walker, Margaret. FOR MY PEOPLE. 1992. Signed by Elizabeth Catlett and
- Conrad, Joseph. HEART OF DARKNESS. 1992. Signed by Sean Scully.
- Pound, Ezra. CATHAY. 1993. Signed by Francesco Clemente.The Fifty-Fourth Series 1993 – 1992 (Subscription Price $5,000 for the series)
- Harrer, Heinrich. SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET. 1993. Signed by Heinrich Harrer. (LEC Vol #570 : 1st Book / 54th Series)
- Bronte, Emily. WUTHERING HEIGHTS. 1993. Signed by Balthus. (LEC Vol #571 : 2nd Book / 54th Series)
- Angelou, Maya. OUR GRANDMOTHERS. 1994. Signed by John Biggers and Maya
Angelou. (LEC Vol #572 : 3rd Book / 54th Series)
- Aragon, Louis. LE PAYSAN DE PARIS. 1994. Signed by Henri Cartier-Bresson. (LEC Vol #573 : 4th Book / 54th Series)
The Fifty-Fifth Series
- Paz, Octavio. SIGHT AND TOUCH. 1994. Signed by Balthus. (LEC Vol #574 : Only Book / 55th Series)
The Fifty-Sixth Series 1995 – 1996
- THE REVELATION OF ST JOHN THE DIVINE. 1995. Signed by Allan Rohan Crite. (LEC Vol #575 : 1st Book / 56th Series)
- Kyoka, Izumi. THE TALE OF THE WANDERING MONK. 1995. Signed by Setsuko
Ideta (also known as the Countess Setsuko Klossowska de Rola, wife of
Balthus). (LEC Vol #576 : 2nd Book / 56th Series)
- Giono, Jean. THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES. 1995. Signed by Martine Franck. (LEC Vol #577 : 3rd Book / 56th Series) In 1999, forty-five art portfolios of the illustrations were issued separately by the LEC, with each photogravure individually numbered and handsigned by Martine Franck.
- Rimbaud, Arthur. VOWELS. 1996. Signed by Henri Cartier-Bresson. (LEC Vol #578 : 4th Book / 56th Series)
The Fifty-Seventh Series
- Senghor, Leopold Sedar. POEMS. 1996. Signed by the author and by Lois
Mailou Jones. (LEC Vol #579 : 1st Book / 57th Series)
- Harrer, Heinrich. THE WHITE SPIDER. 1996. Signed by the author. (LEC Vol #580 : 2nd Book / 57th Series)The Fifty-Eighth Series 1997 – 1998
- Rilke, Rainer Maria. THE SONNETS TO ORPHEUS. 1997. Signed by Balthus.
- Baudelaire, Charles. THREE POEMS FROM LES FLEURS DU MAL. 1997. Signed by
Henri Cartier Bresson.
- Ashbery, John. DESCRIPTION OF A MASQUE. 1998. Signed by John Ashbery and
by Jane Freilicher. (LEC Vol #584 : 3rd Book / 58th Series)Note: Series numbering was discontinued, as issuance of books became less frequent.
- Hughes, Langston. SUNRISE IS COMING AFTER WHILE. 1998. Signed by Phoebe
Beasley and Maya Angelou. The illustrations were also issued separately in a portfolio of six silkscreen prints in a limited numbered signed edition of 99 copies.
- Neruda, Pablo. HEIGHTS OF MACHU PICCHU. 1998. Signed by Edward Ranney.(No books were issued in 1999.)
- Akhmatova, Anna. REQUIEM. 2000. Signed by Sir John Tavener and Grisha
Bruskin. Issued with a compact disc recording of the Akhmatova Requiem by Sir
- Tanizaki, Junichiro. A PORTRAIT OF SHUNKIN. 2000. Signed by Eikoh Hosoe
& Shunkei Yahahi. Sixty-two suites of the photogravures were sold separately.
- Hurston, Zora Neale. BOOKMARKS IN THE PAGES OF LIFE. 2001. Signed by Betye
- Celan, Paul. TODESFUGE. 2001. Issued with a compact disc of the author
reading the poem. Signed by John Felstiner.
- Wright, Richard. DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE. 2001. Signed by John Wilson.
Sixty numbered suites of the etchings were issued separately.
- Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus. COSI FAN TUTTE. 2001. Signed by Balthus. Issued
with three compact discs.(No books were issued in 2002.)
- Angelou, Maya. DEEP RIVERS IN MY SOUL. 2003. Signed by Maya Angelou, Dean
Mitchell and Wynton Marsalis. Issued with a compact disc containing a new
original recording by Wynton Marsalis.
- Cavafy, Constantine P. A TRIBUTE TO CAVAFY. A SELECTION OF POEMS WITH
PHOTOGRAVURES BY DUANE MICHALS. 2003. Signed by Duane Michals.(No books were issued in 2004.)
- Mahfouz, Naguib. ARABIAN NIGHTS AND DAYS. 2005. Epilogue by Mohamed
Salmawy. Illustrated by Nazli Madkour. Signed by the author, Naguib Mahfouz
(1911 – 2006), and by the artist, Nazli Madkour. 300 Limited Edition
Copies. Original issue price $5000. Sixty portfolios of the illustrations were issued separately, signed by the artist.
- O’Connor, Flannery. EVERYTHING THAT RISES MUST CONVERGE. 2005. Signed by
Benny Andrews. Sixty suites of the signed & numbered illustrations were issued separately.(No books were issued in 2006 or 2007.)
- King, Martin Luther. LETTER FROM A BIRMINGHAM CITY JAIL. 2008. Illustrated
with eight serigraph prints by Faith Ringgold. Printed by Curlee Raven Holton at Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania.
(No books were issued in 2009)
- THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. 2010. Illustrated with a single frontispiece photogravure by Robert Frank. His classic: “Fourth of July, Jay, New York, 1954”,
originally made as a gelatin silver print. Reproduced for this limited edition as a photogravure by Jon Goodman. The book is signed on the colophon by the photographer.
(No further books were issued)
NOTES:A Limited Editions Club Letter was issued with each book, containing detailed notes from the publisher about the book with which it was issued. Even though not issued on strictly a monthly basis, most of the Letters were titled, “The Monthly Letter of The Limited Editions Club”. The title was discontinued in later years, as publication of new books became less frequent.
The ordering of the titles in the checklist is chronological, in the date order published.
Some Limited Editions Club Bibliographies & Guides:
- Quarto-Millenary: The First 250 Publications And The First 25 Years
(1929 – 1954) Of The Limited Editions Club. New York: Limited Editions
- Bibliography Of The Fine Books Published By The Limited Editions Club
1929-1985. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1985
- Limited Editions Club. 111.3 APG (Author Price Guide Series).
Dickerson, MD: Quill & Brush, 2004. – Caution: The 2004 edition of that price guide does not reflect the evolution of the internet marketplace and the prices at which the books
are now regularly bought and sold over the internet.
The LEC published ten special publications not part of the subscription series, which were sold separately. The first eight are designated in the two bibliographies published by the LEC (in 1959 & 1985) as S-1 through S-8. Two additional special publications are not listed in either of the bibliographies, and I have designated them as S-9 and S-10.
S-1: Dwiggins, W. A. TOWARDS A REFORM OF THE PAPER CURRENCY. Bound in half black leather with gold stamped titling, and decorated paper covered boards. 1932. 32 pages plus a 2 page stub insert. 452 copies. Issue price was $5.84. Sold at cost. Orders were solicited from LEC subscribers on terms specifying that the final number of orders would be divided into the total cost of publication to determine the selling price.
S-2: THE DOLPHIN, A JOURNAL OF THE MAKING OF BOOKS. 1933. Number 1. 390 pages. 1200 copies.
S-3: THE DOLPHIN, A JOURNAL OF THE MAKING OF BOOKS. 1935. Number 2. 345 pages. 2000 copies.
S-4: THE DOLPHIN, A HISTORY OF THE PRINTED BOOK. 1938. Number 3. 558 pages. 1800 copies.
S-5: THE DOLPHIN, A PERIODICAL FOR ALL PEOPLE WHO FIND PLEASURE IN FINE BOOKS. Number 4. Issued in 3 parts in 1940 & 1941. Part 1 – 12000 copies.
Part 2 – 3000 copies. Part 3 – 3000 copies.
S-6: Boccaccio, Giovanni. 1940. THE DECAMERON. Two volumes. Illustrated and signed by Fritz Kredel. 530 copies issued. The first English translation of 1620. Issued at $12.50. August 1940.
S-7: Grahame, Kenneth. THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. 1940. Introduction by A. A. Milne. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. Issued without the artist’s signature due to his death before publication. Signed by Bruce Rogers, the book designer & typographer. Limited to 2020 copies. Issued at $15 Sept. 1940.
S-8: Steinbeck, John. THE GRAPES OF WRATH. 1940. Two Volumes. Illustrated & signed
by Thomas Hart Benton. 1146 copies. Issued at $15. October 1940.
S-9: BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE FINE BOOKS PUBLISHED BY THE LIMITED EDITIONS CLUB
1929-1985. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1985. 1800 copies in goatskin with
marbled paper covered boards.
S-10: MONTHLY LETTERS: THE FIRST FIFTY MONTHLY LETTERS, 1929-1933. New York,
Limited Editions Club, 1987. 550 copies in goatskin with marbled paper covered
The nine publications in the following list were printed and distributed for promotional purposes. They were not offered for sale.
- PROSPECTUS FOR THE FIRST TWELVE BOOKS. 1929. Hardcover.
- Dill, Francis and Porter Garnett. THE IDEAL BOOK. 1932. Hardcover. Contains two essays which jointly won an essay contest held by the LEC. Some copies bound with paper covers. 500 hardcover copies.
- LeGallienne, Richard. THE PHILOSOPHY OF LIMITED EDITIONS. 1933. 14 pages. Paper covers. 2000 copies distributed as a New Year’s momento.
- Robert, Maurice & Frederic Warde. A CODE FOR THE COLLECTOR OF BEAUTIFUL BOOKS. 1936. 55 pages. Hardcover.
- Jackson, Holbrook. OF THE USES OF BOOKS. 1937. 29 pages. Hardcover. Helen Macy handset the type. 1500 copies sent as a New Year’s greeting to the members.
- SHAKESPEARE, A REVIEW AND A PREVIEW. 1940. Hardcover. Issued as a marketing prospectus for the planned 37 volume set of Shakespeare’s Plays.
- Ransom, Will (editor). TEN YEARS AND WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE. 1940. Hardcover. Essays and a bibliography of the publications in the first ten years of the LEC.
- A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS AT THE LIMITED EDITIONS CLUB’S DINNER TO CELEBRATE THE TWENTY FIRST BIRTHDAY OF THE CLUB AND THE FIFTIETH BIRTHDAY OF ITS FOUNDER. 1950. Hardcover. 35 Pages.
- THE SILVER JUBILEE DINNER PARTY. 1954. Hardcover. A record of the publisher’s 25th anniversary dinner celebration.
PUBLICATIONS FROM THE MACY FAMILY
George and Helen Macy printed six bound volumes which were sent to associates, friends, and relatives as special occasion greetings from the family. They include:
- Howitt, Mary. THE SPIDER AND THE FLY. 1939. Hardcover. Helen Macy handset the type. Printed and sent as a New Year’s greeting from the Macy family.
- Horace. THE COUNTRY, THAT’S THE PLACE TO LIVE! 1940. Hardcover. Translated from the Latin by George Macy. Helen Macy handset the type. Printed and sent as a New Year’s greeting from the Macy family.
- Macy, George. THE COLLECTED VERSES OF GEORGE JESTER. 1941. Hardcover. 134 pages. A small printing of George Macy’s poetry sent as a Christmas momento from the family.
- NOW THAT CARL IS 60. A BIRTHDAY BOOK FOR CARL VAN DOREN. 1945. 36 Pages. Paper covers.
- Untermeyer, Louis. THE LOWEST FORM OF WIT. 1947. 23 pages. Hardcover. Sent as a Christmas greeting from the family.
- Hunt, Leigh. TABLE TALK. 1948. 30 pages. Hardcover. Sent as a Christmas greeting from the family.
Updated 4/19/2019 JF
July 30, 2017 Comments Off on Of Interest – The LEC’s “Booklover’s Journey Around the World” Project
Before beginning, much thanks to Devotee BuzzBuzzard for sharing the monthly letter this all comes from. This was originally a part of The Praise of Folly Heritage post, but I feel it deserves its own space.
So, in the fall of 1938, George Macy and his Directors determined the course for the LEC following the release of the massive Shakespeare set — a “Booklover’s Journey around the World” is how the letter describes it. Intended to begin in November 1940, Macy would have the most influential book of a particular country selected to be designed, published and illustrated by artisans within that very country. He clearly was enthused beyond words for this lofty project, and even though there were considerable challenges ahead (what with World War II about to explode, not to mention other logical difficulties of doing international correspondence in those pre-Internet years) he felt that now was the time to announce the proposal to the membership. And what a proposal it is!
Fourteen works were selected from fourteen countries for the initial prospectus. For simplicity’s sake, I will list these out:
- The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett, England, printed by Oxford University Press, art by John Austen, introduced by Frank Swinnerton
- The Kalevala, Finland, printed by Tilghmann, art by Matti Visanti
- In Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus, Holland, printed by Joh. Enschede en Zonen, art by Franz Masereel
- The Temptation of Saint Anthony by Gustave Flaubert, France, printed by Jean-Gabriel Daragnes, art by Daragnes, translated by Lafcadio Hearn
- Oedipus the King by Sophocles, Greece, printed by Pyrsos Press, art by Demetrios Galanis, introduced by Thornton Wilder, translated by Sir Richard Jebb
- The Song of Songs which is Solomon’s, Palestine, printed in a scroll form
- “Literature of Ancient Egypt”, Egypt, printed at the Press of the French Institute of Archaeology, art taken from examples of ancient Egyptian artwork, edited by the Librarian of the National Museum in Cairo
- The Story of an African Farm by Olive Schreiner, Basutoland (Lesotho), printed by Morija Printing Works, artist’s name not disclosed, binding to be bark from a native tree to the region*
- The Bhagavad-Gita, the Song Celestial, India, printed at the Times of India, seven Indian artists who are not disclosed, binding to be of gold cloth, translated by Sir Edwin Arnold
- The Ramayana, Siam
- Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad, Java
- We of the Never-Never, Australia
- Gaucho by Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham (according to Wikipedia, the author never had a book by that name, but perhaps there was something in the works Macy knew of at the time that didn’t come to fruition?), Argentina
- The True History of Conquest of New Spain by Bernal Diaz, Mexico, printed by Rafael Loera y Chavez, art by Miguel Covarrubias
That’s quite a list! The letter then goes on to explain that books would still be sent out from the USA (in the patriotic verbiage you might expect) interspersed between these 14 volumes. The goal was to have all of these sent out by October of 1941.
…and we all know the result of that! Nary a single one of these proposed books actually made it out as intended to the membership of the LEC, and the few that did manage to make it out certainly did not hit that hopeful 10/1941 end date. Of the entire catalog, The Old Wives’ Tale was the only one to cut it close, shipped out to subscribers in November of 1941 as detailed above. From there, The Discovery and Conquest of Mexico (a rebranded title from the prospectus!) by Diaz was mailed in October of 1942, also as planned. The next, The Temptation of Saint Anthony, showed the first signs that problems were severely hampering the original plan for this series. Instead of Daragnes, Warren Chappell was recruited to do the artwork and the book was printed in New York by Aldus Printers. It came out in January of 1943. The ML for that book goes into some of the tribulations regarding the creation of the book and the selection of Chappell, but fails to mention Daragnes whatsoever. Next came The Praise of Folly, but it was not from Holland as originally intended; Masereel and Van Krimpen were sidelined for Lynd Ward and The Mount Pleasant Press, and as noted earlier came out in February of 1943. And unlike Saint Anthony, nothing about the book’s original vision came out in the letter for it.
It ought to be clear that Macy’s dream had withered, most likely due to World War II. I can only imagine the disappointment he must have felt as the majority of the remaining books fell off of his publication radar. Of the 10 left on the prospectus, only Oedipus made it out in any sort of form as Macy intended, with Galanis’ artwork still included, in November of 1955. After George’s death in 1956, Helen Macy issued three other titles from the “Booklover’s Journey”, although I doubt little beyond the text matched up to her husband’s aspirations for two of them: Lord Jim in 1959 (with Lynd Ward again stepping in to produce artwork for it), and The Bhagavad-Gita in 1965 (art by Y. G. Srimati and still including Arnold as the translator). The Story of an African Farm in 1961 (with Paul Hogarth’s art), however, did manage to achieve some level of success in matching up with Macy’s design as outlined in the letter. I’ll let Django6924 explain:
The fascinating Monthly Letter uploaded here also fails to mention the name of the printer/designer at the Morija Printing Works where the The Story of an African Farm was to be printed. That gentleman was Hans Schmoller and that same gentleman actually did design and print the book–25 years later and in England!
Per the ML for the 1961 edition, Herr Schmoller was a 21-year-old printer in 1938 when he wrote to George Macy, whose name he had seen in an issue of The Dolphin, introducing him to the Morija Printing Works of the Société des Missions Evangéliques de Paris in Basutoland, where he was in charge of the composing and monotype department. “The only printing office of any importance in a country the size of Switzerland with a staff of 32, all but two of them natives, printing books in 15 languages.” Macy’s suggested that Morija might want to print The Story of an African Farm for the LEC. The ML is oddly silent about whether Schmoller accepted the offer (if indeed he had the authority to make such a decision at his age), but the war intervened and by the time it was over, Schmoller had moved to England where he was Oliver Simon’s assistant at the Curwen Press. Macy located him and raised the question of The Story of an African Farm again, but again the ML doesn’t say whether Schmoller accepted (if he had the authority to do so). In 1949 Schmoller moved to Penguin Books and by 1961 was the head of the production department and one of the directors of Penguin. By now, Schmoller must have decided that he needed to write finis to the production of this book for the LEC (he was, incidentally, the designer of the LEC edition of Silas Marner back in 1953).
Although Macy did not live to see the edition, and although it wasn’t printed in Basutoland, and the illustrator was not a native of Basutoland but an Englishman, I believe George would have been pleased overall with the result — especially the tree-bark binding.
The remaining 6 titles faded into nothingness, never properly fulfilled in any fashion. Which is a shame, as they sound quite interesting indeed.
For Oedipus, we did get some explanation about the project and its overall failure in regards to that book, which I’m going to copy over from that post below:
[Oedipus] was going to join their “Booklover’s Tour of the World” plan that they had going at the time, with the book to be printed and illustrated in Greece to truly showcase its cultural style. The following month, Nazi Germany began their invasion of France, which led to Paris being taken in June. In the chaos that ensued, the Club lost contact with their printer, Kiron Theodoropoulos, and their illustrator, Demetrios Galanis. The Club had seen Galanis’ work in print form before the war kicked off, so they knew the work had been completed, but alas, it would be quite some time before the LEC were able to recontact their Greek collaborators. Luckily, both men were alive following the war’s aftermath, but the book was in dire straits. Over the war’s duration, vandals broke into Theodoropoulos’ press, the Pyrsos Press, and had destroyed the pages of type prepared for the book. The engravings were still intact, but their condition was no longer satisfactory. The Club wanted to see for themselves, and the American Embassy in Athens had become involved, sending an interested party to the Press to retrieve and ship the engravings to the Club. This occurred in 1953. Once in their hands, the engravings were deemed printable. The Club then decided that their lofty aborted plan of “The Booklover’s Tour of the World” was no longer limiting the book to be printed in Greece, so they turned to Jan van Krimpen in the Netherlands to design the book based on Galanis’ initial plans to have the Greek on one side and the English on the other.
So in the end Van Krimpen did get his chance to be a part of the series, although a long ways removed from reproducing a classic piece of Dutch literature!
So let’s spin back to the Heritage Press for a moment. The Heritage Press did publish their own Song of Songs back in 1935 (1500 of which are signed by artist Valenti Angelo!), so that particular title does have a Macy publication under its belt, even if the original intent for its LEC was lost. And we do somehow have the intended The Praise of Folly available as a Heritage edition, printed in Holland by Van Krimpen and featuring woodcuts by Masereel, issued as an exclusive. As I lack a Sandglass for the Heritage Praise, I can’t go into any specifics, but I imagine a similar situation took place a la Oedipus; Van Krimpen and/or Masereel were unable to fulfill the commission due to the war, and Macy had to audible in Ward to get the book out. However, as the war concluded, there was an opportunity to put out the proposed Praise, but with the LEC released not all that long ago Macy decided to instead publish it as a Heritage exclusive. That’s all speculation on my part, but it seems reasonable to assume.
Monthly Letter (source)
January 1, 2017 Comments Off on Of Interest: Richard Ellis’ Career
Over at the Devotees forum, user featherwate compiled a nice little history and bibliography of renowned book designer Richard Ellis, who worked on several LEC and Heritage Press titles for George Macy. This reappears here with his permission and slight editing. Thanks Jack!
Richard ‘Dick’ Ellis (1894/5/6-1982 , book architect 
Over a career spanning 60 years, Richard Ellis (familiarly known as RWE), built up a reputation as one of America’s finest printers and book designers, whether working for himself or for such leading names as Random House, OUP and the George Macy companies. One of his earliest commissions came from the distinguished publisher, art entrepreneur and bibliophile Mitchell Kennerley, who asserted that “…he has the surest touch of any book designer and printer in America today .” This magic touch rarely failed RWE and nearly 140 fine items ranging from a massive Dante/Blake Inferno to Richard Aldington’s small but perfectly-formed Balls passed through his hands.
In 1950 George Macy remarked that Ellis “had not had his just share of praise and gratitude”, and he and his successors demonstrated their confidence in him with frequent commissions. The following list is as comprehensive as I can make it; any additions or corrections will be very welcome!
Asterisked titles indicate LEC volumes that were also issued under the Heritage imprint.
1930 Tartarin of Tarascon
As designer :
1945 The Sir Roger De Coverley Papers*
1945 Wonderful Adventures Of Paul Bunyan*
1947 The Red and the Black*
1947 Two Years before the Mast*
1955 The Warden*
1957 The Picture of Dorian Gray*
1958 Barchester Towers* (“Printed by Peter Beilenson in Mount Vernon, New York from the typographic plans of Richard W. Ellis. Illustrations hand-colored in the studio of Richard W. Ellis, NY.”)
1961 The Rise of Silas Lapham
1963 The Ambassadors*
1964 Poor Richard’s Almanacs*
1966 Journey to the Center of the Earth*
1968 Journal of the Plague Year 1665*
1968 Heart of Darkness*
1971 Northanger Abbey*
1973 Candide (as well as designing the book, RWE also oversaw its printing)
1974 The Life of Washington
The Heritage originals
1937 Green Mansions (The Sandglass [1A of June 1937] makes no mention of RWE and ascribes the printing to The Haddon Craftsmen. At the time, however, he was in the Craftsmen’s employ and directed both the printing and binding of the book, which had been designed by Frederic Warde)
1940 The Travels of Lemuel Gulliver
1945 Robinson Crusoe
1948 The Book of Edward A. Wilson
1950 The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
 His birthday, December 7, isn’t in doubt but there is confusion over the year.
 In the 1925 New York Census RWE gave his occupation as ‘typographer’. Shortly afterwards he began to use ‘designer of books’ on his headed notepaper (Source: The Harbor Press Ephemera Collection). By 1940, however, he had acquired the confidence to enter his preferred description — ‘book architect’ — into the US Federal Census; surprisingly, perhaps, this neologism was accepted without comment (it wouldn’t have been in the UK!). But it seems not to have been taken up by others and appeareth not in the OED, the Urban Dictionary or, so far as I can tell, Webster’s. However, its derivative, ‘book architecture’ is a favorite buzzword of agencies offering to teach aspiring writers how to break into print.
 Mitchell Kennerley’s assertion was quoted on page 4 of the Monthly Letter for the 1973 LEC Candide
 It was said of him that in general: “Over the format, the typographic plan, and its execution Richard Ellis demanded complete jurisdiction; now and then he agreed to submit proofs, even more rarely to send trial pages…”. But I suspect that was earlier in his career, and not something he would have tried on too often with the Macys, who were effectively the saviors of his latter years.
Earl Schenck Miers: “Richard Ellis, Printer.” The Journal of the Rutgers University Library, Volume 5 (December 1941)
Frank G. Harrington: “Praise Past Due, A Memoir of Richard Ellis”, Typographeum, 1991
Megan Benton: “Beauty and the Book: Fine Editions and Cultural Distinction in America”, Yale University Press, 2000
May 15, 2014 Comments Off on Of Interest: The History of the Heritage “Great French Romances” series
My good friend Django6924 has written up a splendid little history on one of George Macy’s many attempts to create something unique with the Heritage Press: the “Great French Romances” series. I originally had this in my Gods Are A-Thrist post, but it really should be its own thing.This is mostly unedited (beyond one transition snip, the addition of the authors/artists of the original series, a appendix of the final series in chronological order, a few typo fixes, and my italicizing the book titles) from his original posts. So, without further adieu, I’ll let him take over (the original posting can be found here). Major thanks to Django for letting me host this excellent summary!
In 1938, Francis Meynell of the Nonesuch Press in England, of which George Macy became Managing Director in 1936, joined with a committee of French writers, who were chaired by Andre Maurois, to produce a series, “The Ten Great French Romances,” for Nonesuch. These would have a distinctive typographic plan and binding, designed by Meynell, and would illustrated by the “best French book illustrators,” as chosen by the committee. The books were, in order of planned publication:
Dangerous Acquaintances by Choderlos De Laclos/Chas Laborde
Candide by Voltaire/Sylvain Sauvage
The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal/Demetrios Galanis
Manon Lescaut by the Abbé Prévost D’Exiles/Andre Dignimont
The Princess of Cleves by Madame de Lafayette/Hermine David
A Woman’s Life by Guy de Maupassant/Edy Legrand
Germinal by Emile Zola/Berthold Mahn
Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert/Pierre Brissaud
Old Goriot by Honore de Balzac/René ben Sussan
The Gods are A-thirst by Anatole France/Jean Oberlé
The typographic moulds were made in England, then sent to France for printing at the Inprimerie Protat Freres in Macon (home, incidentally, of an excellent burgundy), as the French had superior quality rag paper. The illustrations were first printed at Georges Duval in Paris by the collotype process, then hand-colored through the pochoir process by the studio of Beaufumé, also in Paris. It is not said where the characteristic binding of fleurs-de-lys patterned linen boards and buckram spine binding was done, but it was in France as well.
Between planning of the series, and the completion of the first two volumes, World War Two had begun. This not only complicated the production, but made it necessary to change plans. Since by this time it was obvious that more of the books would be sold through Heritage in the US, it was decided that all printing should henceforth take place in the US (again, remember that by this time George Macy was really running Nonesuch), though Meynell would continue to design the books in England. A quote from the Sandglass accompanying Dangerous Acquaintances and Candide gives an interesting insight into those nerve-wracking days:
“Transportation to England is difficult enough, transportation to America is far more difficult. Shipped in merchant vessels under convoy, the books have taken weeks to cross the ocean, weeks during which we at the Nonesuch Fellowship have often thought that they must surely be at the bottom of the ocean.”
The above was written in April 1940. In the same Sandglass, the outline for the series of Ten Great French Romances was given. Some interesting statements were:
“The binding of The Charterhouse of Parma will be green (mine is, in fact olive-green), the binding for The Gods are A-thirst will be yellow (mine and every copy I’ve seen is a more appropriate red), and each succeeding volume will be in a unique color.” (The ones I have seem to indicate that the “10 different colors” scheme was abandoned–also, Balzac’s Eugenie Grandet was published later with a green buckram spine and the green patterned fleurs-de-lys boards in the design established by Meynell).
“…Galanis has already finished his illustrations for The Charterhouse of Parma, Dignimont has finished his illustrations for Manon Lescaut, Hermine David has finished her illustrations for The Princess of Cleves, Mahn has finished his illustrations for Germinal, Legrand has finished his illustrations for A Woman’s Life, Brissaud is nearing completion of his illustrations for Madame Bovary, and Oberlé is nearing completion for his illustrations for The Gods are A-thirst.” (Not mentioned was the status of the remaining illustrations, those for Old Goriot by René ben Sussan.)
As a famous Frenchman once said, “the best laid schemes o’ mice and men, gang aft agley.” A letter To The Members OF THE HERITAGE CLUB dated April 10 announces that it will be “necessary for us to send both Dangerous Acquaintances and Candide to you in the same package”, in May, rather than in April and May successively. This was necessary because the head of the atelier doing the hand-coloring, M. Beaufumé, was suddenly called into the army and that it was then up to his wife and daughters to finish his work as well as their own.
The next book of the series, distributed in July, 1942 was entirely printed and bound in the US, The Gods Are A-thirst, for which Jean Oberlé did the illustrations and took them to London just ahead of the Occupation of Paris. The hand-coloring was done by Macy’s favorite pochoirist in the US at that time, Charlize Brakely.
The next book, A Woman’s Life, sent to subscribers in September, 1942, was again was done entirely in the US and again enlisted the services of Ms. Brakely. The illustrations were done by Edy Legrand, a Macy favorite who would later do the 2nd LEC Don Quixote, but who in 1942 had fled Paris for Fez in French Morocco. (Interestingly, the LEC would issue A Woman’s Life in 1952 with the same typographic plan, this time using the studio of Walter Fischer to do the pochoir hand coloring, one of the few times when an LEC in essence reissued the same book originally published by the Heritage Press using the same illustrations.)
In November of the same year, Heritage issued Germinal with b&w illustrations by Berthold Mahn, reproduced by photogravure. Frank Fortney at Russell-Rutter bound them in the fleurs-de-lys/buckram binding which matched the first two (and I assume the 3rd and 4th books, but although my copy of The Gods are A-thirst follows this design [albeit in red rather than the planned yellow], as does my Heritage copy of A Woman’s Life, I’m not sure my copies are the first Heritage editions). Things are getting a little strange by this time as the Sandglass for Germinal lists the Ten Great French Romances again, and lo, Manon Lescaut has dropped off the list and has been replaced by Gautier’s Mademoiselle de Maupin! No explanation for this is given, but the obvious one is — the Heritage Press had already issued Manon Lescaut with a pigskin leather spine and marbled paper boards back in 1935 with illustrations by Brissaud (and with an original lithograph signed by Brissaud in the 1500 copies that were first offered to members of the LEC as a “collector’s item” when the Heritage Press was launched). And what of Dignimont’s “finished” illustrations for Manon as announced back in 1940? Never used anywhere, apparently, and perhaps destroyed during the war. One would love to see them, especially in light of the illustrations I saw once which Dignimont made for Pierre Louys’ Petites Scenes Amoureuses–which border on the pornographic, but in a most beautiful and Frenchified way. (Dignimont later did The Wanderer and The Moonstone for the LEC and Heritage Press.)
In January of 1943, Madame de Lafayette’s wonderful The Princess of Cleves is issued. Meynell planned the design and printed his specimen pages at the Fanfare Press before war broke out. The book features many beautiful illustrations by Hermine David, who after completing the illustrations in Paris just before the Occupation, “disappeared into a convent,” according to an earlier Sandglass. (She didn’t take orders, this was more of a retreat to a Benedictine abbey in Dourgne, near the southern French city of Toulouse, to where she returned many times until her death in 1970, seeking inspiration while doing her illustrations which became increasingly ones with religious subject matter.) The Princess of Cleves was letterpress-printed in New York at the printing house of Leo Hart, and once more the delicate hand-coloring was done at Charlize Brakely’s studio. The series binding of buckram and fleurs-de-lys was utilized. My copy is a light brown, and as far as I know this was the only printing of this particular work by Heritage or Nonesuch (and no LEC edition) until the Norwalk, CT incarnation of the Heritage Press issued it in 1970–not utilizing the series binding.
It is not until February, 1944 that the next Great Romance appears and it is, in fact, Theophile Gautier’s Mademoiselle de Maupin. (Parenthetically, I have to say I can’t understand its omission from the original list as it is a much more compelling novel than Manon Lescaut.) By now the original plan announced in 1938 is really having difficulties–mostly due to the war. Mademoiselle de Maupin is not designed by Francis Meynell (who was probably spending a fair amount of time in 1942-1943 dodging into air raid shelters) but by American George Salter (who was born a German and whose design for the cover of Berlin Alexanderplatz in 1929 was a revelation in its time). The illustrations–and racy ones they are!–were by Andre Dugo, a French expatriate living in New York. The binding utilized the same pattern as the previous books, this time blue buckram and cream and blue fleurs-de-lys boards.
In September, 1949, Old Goriot, is finally published with René ben Sussan’s illustrations. The title page has The Heritage Press, New York & The Nonesuch Press, London, though the obverse side simply says “Printed in the United States of America.” There is no date of publication–an anomaly in the series. The Sandglass says M. ben Sussan “had a bad time, an altogether bad time” during the war, spending his time dodging the Nazis. His remarkable illustrations were reproduced from his B&W brush drawings via gravure, then the colors were applied, not by pochoir, but by hand cut rubber plates, one for each color. The rubber plates were done by Herbert Rau. Are they as good as hand-colored using stencils? I don’t know, but they are truly wonderful and match any of the hand-colored ones in the series. The series binding is used (only “Nonesuch” appears on the red buckram spine–not “Heritage”).
It isn’t until February, 1951 that Madame Bovary appears. I foolishly gave away my Heritage/Nonesuch edition when I acquired the LEC version which came out in April, 1950, so the information which follows comes from the LEC Monthly Letter. As you remember, Pierre Brissaud had elected to do Bovary and was “nearing completion” when the series was announced in 1940. The Monthly Letter continues:
“But by the time M. Brissaud finished his illustrations, the Nazis had marched into Paris and the Nonesuch Press had lost contact, with M. Brissaud on the one hand, and with us on the other. It was to us, at the headquarters of the Limited Editions Club in New York, that the Brissaud illustrations for Madame Bovary found their way; and it was we who, immediately after the war was over, found ourselves in Paris with those illustrations under our arm and the mission to have those illustrations reproduced in Paris, not for the Limited Editions Club, but for the Nonesuch Press.”
The Monthly Letter then goes on to say that discovering that the atelier of Théo Schmied had reopened in Paris, and M. Schmied had indicated his interest in printing the Brissaud illustrations through multiple wood engravings, that it was decided Bovary with the Brissaud illustrations reproduced through multiple wood engravings in color would be issued first as an LEC book, and it was. This was despite the fact that Madame Bovary had been previously issued by the LEC in 1938, with illustrations by Gunther Boehmer (I’ve never seen a copy of this edition). The Monthly Letter then adds a reassuring note:
“Now once this edition…is distributed to members of this Club, it will be followed by an unlimited edition (in which the illustrations will be reproduced in monochrome) to be included in that series called The Ten Great French Romances, for distribution by the Nonesuch Press in London, and for the Nonesuch Press, by the Heritage Club in New York.”
Meynell’s typographic plan was used for the LEC editon, and of course, for the unlimited edition, which, if memory serves me, had “Heritage” on the bright green buckram spine, with green fleurs-de-lys patterned boards, which indicates it was a later printing as the 1950 edition had “Nonesuch” on the spine, which was lavender. As I remember, my Heritage edition had the illustrations reproduced in color–not monochrome.
Stendahl’s The Charterhouse of Parma brought the series to a close in 1955. The series binding features “Heritage” on the olive-green buckram spine, and the title page doesn’t mention Nonesuch. The designer of the typographic plan isn’t specified in the Sandglass, though it looks very much like Meynell’s other designs. The illustrations are not by Galanis, but by Rafaello Busoni, who had won an international competition sponsored by the LEC in 1945 and on the basis of that had already illustrated Stendahl’s other novel The Red and the Black for the LEC. What happened to Galanis’ illustrations, which were already finished back in 1940? I haven’t found any evidence in my readings, but remembering that Galanis had been commissioned by the LEC before to illustrate Oedipus the King, and that those illustrations had come a cropper during the Occupation, it’s possible an identical fate befell the Stendahl illusrations. (If you are unfamiliar with the Galanis/Sophocles story, here is a link to WildcatJF’s excellent summary.
The Busoni illustrations are two-color lithographs and are actual lithographic prints. The type pages were composed by Leo Hart and printed by the Riverside Press. The binding was done by Frank Fortney.
The Herculean labor of completing this series must have been a relief to Macy, and probably a source of pride. These books are really wonderful and the best of them fully the equivalent of some of today’s limited fine press books.
The final list, then, is as follows:
Candide by Voltaire/Sylvain Sauvage (1939, Heritage exclusive)
Dangerous Acquaintances by Choderlos De Laclos/Chas Laborde (1940, Heritage exclusive)
The Gods are A-Thirst by Anatole France/Jean Oberlé (1942, Heritage exclusive)
A Woman’s Life by Guy de Maupassant/Edy Legrand (1942 Heritage printing, 1952 LEC edition available)
Germinal by Emile Zola/Berthold Mahn (1942, Heritage exclusive)
The Princess of Cleves by Madame de Lafayette/Hermine David (1943, Heritage exclusive)
Mademoiselle de Maupin by Theodore Gautier/Andre Dugo (1943, LEC edition available)
Old Goriot by Honore de Balzac/René ben Sussan (1948, LEC edition available)
Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert/Pierre Brissaud (1950, LEC edition available)
The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal/Rafaello Busoni (1955, LEC edition available)
It’s recently been brought up that the Heritage Press issued a second Honore de Balzac work under the same design auspices of this series despite originally not being included on the list. Django6924 once again is the source of the below info:
Unlike the other books in the series, Eugenie Grandet was not on the original pre-WWII slate of Ten Great French Romances (the Balzac representative being Old Goriot under Meynell’s master plan). Now this plan changed early on, but Eugenie was never one of the group, and the HP edition is, in this case, a reprint of the LEC (also designed by Meynell). I suppose that in the post-George Macy period, it was felt that putting the HP reprint in the same series binding would encourage those who had some or all of the others to want to extend the collection, as you mentioned.
The HP Eugenie is a fine addition to the series, although it doesn’t feature any hand-colored illustrations like the original group; to the best of my memory, the colors applied via hand-cut rubber plates were excellent. I prefer the fleur-de-lys binding of the HP to the LEC’s khaki-colored buckram with black-leather labels made to resemble some sort of medieval-esque binding hinges. The true superiority of the LEC is in the paper, a thick, rich paper that must be 100% rag; I say “must be” because the Monthly Letter doesn’t mention a word about the paper.
Thanks once again!