The Letterpress Love’s Labour’s Lost

William Shakespeare
Limited to 1,000 hand-numbered copies

The King of Navarre wishes to devote himself to the life of the mind, that is until love intervenes in Shakespeare’s most sophisticated and intellectual comedy.

Limited Edition
Let fame, that all hunt after in their lives,
Live registered upon our brazen tombs.
  1. Act 1, Sc. 1

Written for law students at the Inns of Court, Love’s Labour’s Lost is a more intellectual and sophisticated comedy than Shakespeare had yet attempted. The King of Navarre retires from court, together with his three gentlemen, to devote himself to the life of the mind – but love, in the form of the Princess of France and her ladies, intervenes. Exquisite flights of verse alternate with ‘russet yeas and honest kersey noes’. The philosophical concerns of this play, and the vitality of the language (it contains more newly coined words than any other of Shakespeare’s works apart from Hamlet) make it deeply rewarding.

Letterpress volume

Limited to 1,000 hand-numbered copies

Hand-bound in goatskin leather, blocked in gold with hand-marbled paper sides

Gilded top edge, ribbon marker

16pt 'Monotype' Baskerville, with Caslon display

Set in hot metal and printed letterpress on mould-made paper

Oxford University Press text under General Editor Stanley Wells

14˝ x 10¾˝


Commentary volume

This includes the text of the play with full explanatory notes

Bound in buckram

˝ x 5¾˝


Presentation box

Bound in buckram

15˝ x 11˝ x 2¾˝

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