Autiobiography of a Vine

A.N. Prentiss
St. Helena, CA: Kylix Press, 2007

Autobiography of a Vine is the endearing story of the life of a grape vine, personally told by the vine himself, and was first published in 1866 as a chapter of My Vineyard at Lakeview by a Western Grape Grower [Albert Nelson Prentiss]. The book has become a scarce record of American grape culture, and it is our privilege to reprint this venerable chapter, embellished with 19th century wine­growing images.

The book was designed and printed letterpress by the internationally acclaimed fine press printer and book designer, Peter Rutledge Koch of Berkeley, California—the first miniature book to come from Peter Koch Printers. The paper is Unicorn, hand made by the Griffen Mill. Of the 185 copies printed, 150 are hand bound by John DeMerritt in burgundy cloth and Nideggen paper, with a Wemyss-Unzelman hand-colored vignette to the front cover, and slipcased. Thirty-five copies are hand bound in full dark green leather, by Klaus Ullrich Rötzscher at the Pettingell Book Bindery.

Kylix press was founded in 2006 by Nina Wemyss and Gail Unzelman to produce finely crafted miniature books about wine. With our shared passion for wine, fine press, and miniature books, we will engage some of America’s foremost craftsmen in the book arts—letterpress printing, book design, hand-binding—and use the highest quality materials for our limited edition books. With a baccate toast from the kylix, an ancient wine cup, we invite you to enjoy the pleasures of our press.

Book; 36 pp.    2 x 2.5 inches   185 copies.