November 2017 Update

November 15, 2017 § Leave a comment

Hello readers!

November has been a rollercoaster of busy for me, so I haven’t had a lot of energy to put into this site. I’m currently trying to get a new line of employment on top of working my current job, so it’s been a very taxing and tiring process. I think I’m going to go ahead and put this project of updating on a temp hiatus until December. Hopefully I will be able to put more time into my pet projects by then. Thanks for understanding!


October 2017 Post Updates

October 2, 2017 Comments Off on October 2017 Post Updates

Hello friends!

As I update posts, I’ll put a running tally in this particular post.

10/2/2017 – Henry IV Part I now has its Shakespeare commentary.
10/3/2017 – The LEC Vanity Fair has its monthly letter, a proper Thackeray bibliography with the two Clubs and has been generally updated all around.
10/6/2017 – The Diary of Moll Flanders has been revised! I need to find the Heritage edition to photograph…
10/8/2017 – Since I missed a couple days I’ve made them up! Zadig now has production details, and I’ve touched up the Fathers and Sons post with some editing and a new note on the bindery.
10/10/2017 – The Wanderer has gotten a LEC newsletter and additional details and edits.
10/11/2017 – The Three-Cornered Hat now has an announcement letter and a few minor edits. I do have a second copy of this now so I’ll need to compare the two soon.

10/25/2017 – Sorry for the delay in updates. My job extended its hours a bit and shifted back to 5AM to start, so I haven’t had a lot of energy to put into updating posts. I think I’m going to take the rest of October off to try to finish acclimating to the change and plan to dig into the Heritage books I need to add Sandglasses for next. After that, I will go through each post no matter the publisher and give it a go-over for link additions, writing touchups and slight emendation. Thank you for your understanding and I’ll see you next week!

Site News – 10/1/2017: Update

October 1, 2017 § 2 Comments

Hello everyone!

It’s been quiet for a while. I decided to take a small break, but I plan on getting back into the swing of updates beginning this month. I have devised how I want to prioritize this — first off, I will be updating all of the posts on the site that currently are missing Sandglasses or MLs that I have access to. After that, I will update the remaining posts. If I don’t have any new books to document by the time I finish that, I will then begin to utilize the very kind GM Devotee contributors to help me with content.

I would like to update a post per weekday, as it won’t take super long to do so in most cases. So expect the first update on Henry IV Part I tomorrow with an announcement letter addition and some slight revisions!


~ JF

Heritage Press – The Story of Reynard the Fox by J.W. von Goethe (1954)

August 13, 2017 § 2 Comments

The Story of Reynard the Fox by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1954))
Sandglass Number Unknown
Artwork: Wood Engravings by Fritz Eichenberg
Introduced by Edward Lazare, translated by Thomas James Arnold
Reprint of LEC #242, 23rd Series, V. 10

Click images for larger views.

Front Binding – Hello dear readers! Today’s post features an illustrator I hold most dear; the masterful Fritz Eichenberg, who has made quite an impression on this blog with his exquisite woodcuts and other art scattered throughout the Limited Editions Club, the Heritage Press and a few non-Macy publications. His Macy bibliography is covered in The Brothers Karamazov. But here we get to see a slightly different side to Eichenberg as the majority of his engravings feature animals over humans (although humankind is represented here in the book), giving it much more of a fantastical edge. This is an epic poem from the legendary Germanic author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, although it is not the first appearance of the character Reynard the Fox — according to the introduction the fox has been around at least since the medieval period, with some variants of the tale appearing in Ghent (1148), German (1180), France (1175-1250), and Flemish (early 13th century). English has its earliest version appearing in the thirteenth century as well, alongside an Italian version. In short, Reynard has been around a long time, although it is a particularly excellent spin on this iconic tale that George Macy chose to publish.

Goethe makes his debut on our blog at last, as noted one of the German masters of literature and quite a well-rounded contributor to Germanic academia: among his many talents (including literature) were expertise in art, philosophy, science, diplomacy, architecture and botany. However, we will focus on his skill with the written word, of which George Macy printed two examples of (and his wife Helen a third). The play Faust was the first, issued as a LEC in 1932 starring Rene Clarke’s talents. A Heritage exclusive of the same work was issued later on with Eugene Delacroix’s artwork, possibly in 1959 (I don’t have a copy in front of me to confirm my quick research on ABEBooks; I will update this once I do). I believe it uses the same text as the LEC. Next came this epic poem in 1954 for both clubs, followed by what may be his greatest novel Wilheim Meister’s Apprenticeship in 1959, featuring William Sharp as artist. Not printed by Macy or his other clubs would be the contender for Goethe’s greatest novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther, which helped propagate the worldwide literary movement of Romanticism.

Design Notes – The original LEC was designed by Eugene M. Ettenberg, who likely carried his designer title over to the Heritage edition as well.┬áThe font is Janson. I don’t have a Sandglass unfortunately so I can’t get too much more into the details than those observations in the Quarto.



Title Page – I really like this decoration Eichenberg crafted up for this page. Edward Lazare stepped in to provide a new introduction to this work, which was translated by Thomas James Arnold.

Examples of the Illustrations by Eichenberg (right click and open in new tab for full size):

Personal Notes – This was another title Liz sent me last year. I plan to upgrade to a LEC down the road, but will hold on to this title until that day comes.

6/3/2017 – Update

June 3, 2017 Comments Off on 6/3/2017 – Update

Hello readers!

It has been close to three months since the hiatus announcement, but I do have good news about my job status — I will be starting a new position on the 12th! However, I will be working extended hours once I start, so I cannot guarantee that I will be getting new posts up and running with any sort of consistency for the time being. But I will be ending the official hiatus and will see about putting up some new material this week!

Eulogy to Lois Wheeler, a dear friend

April 15, 2017 § 2 Comments

I just learned from my parents that a very dear friend passed away a few months ago, Lois Wheeler. I’ve mentioned her name a few times here at the Imagery as she was herself an avid lover of books and greatly relished the opportunity to visit and go over my acquisitions with me. She sold me the copy of Beowulf I still own, as well as several other Heritage Press titles, from her time as the owner of Page One Used Books, which I used to volunteer at (and get paid in books). She also gave me books after she closed her store, far too many for me to list out here. She was a lovely individual, someone who was an absolute pleasure to be around and an infectious book enthusiast who helped me gain my own deeper passion for the medium, leading to this blog and my collection.

She was 88 and passed away from breast cancer. I haven’t seen her since I moved, and now I never will. She was an amazing woman and I will miss her greatly. Rest in peace Lois.

An Executive Decision

March 20, 2016 § 1 Comment

Hey everyone,

Blog’s been quiet again. I apologize for that, but I haven’t felt like putting in a lot of work lately, and I think I may have pinpointed why. You see, I think at this point in my life I am just not that interested in putting in the time for books I don’t own. I have no personal investment beyond obligation to this site, and I don’t think that’s the best approach towards producing content for the blog. So, I’m making a personal choice to no longer post up books I don’t own at that moment in time. Which does strip away the entirety of the “Coming Soon!” banner I had (I just changed it to reflect this change). But I’ve been thinking of the posts I put up on the Great French Romances over the break and how essentially barebones they were…because I don’t own complete copies where I can get information for them! And that’s not doing anyone any favors beyond visuals and the barest of details. I think this blog can be better than that. I’m not going to delete any of the posts that lack a Sandglass or anything like that; they’ve already been done, and I can update them later if I choose. But I’m not going to spend any more time compiling incomplete posts. I hope that you understand this editorial choice and look forward to our next post on our first LEC Shakespeare, Henry the IV Part I, in the near future.

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