The Letterpress Timon of Athens
A bleak and sardonic study that strains against the bounds of comedy, and ends in tragedy with Timon’s change from generous, trusting optimist to bitter misanthrope.
Every man has his fault, and honesty is his.
- Act 3, Sc. 1
A wealthy Athenian named Timon is famous for his hospitality and generosity. At his house, hangers-on and supposed friends flock to accept his largesse, while many citizens beg for Timon’s help. Yet Timon’s reckless spending eventually exhausts his resources, and to his astonishment, Timon finds that none of his friends or those who vowed eternal gratitude are prepared to help him in return. Fleeing Athens, Timon takes shelter in a cave and, with a bitter hatred, plots revenge on all mankind.
Timon of Athens is a bleak and sardonic study that strains against the bounds of comedy, and ends in tragedy with Timon’s change from generous, trusting optimist to bitter misanthrope. Almost certainly a collaboration with Thomas Middleton, the play bears the mark of Middleton’s harsh humour. But as Professor Jowett writes in the commentary volume: ‘It encompasses astonishing moments of theatre, scenes of incisive humour, glimpses of unexpected tenderness, and some of the most enthralling, if shocking, dramatic verse that Shakespeare wrote.’
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”
This includes the text of the play with full explanatory notes
Bound in buckram
8¾” x 5¾”
Bound in buckram
15” x 11” x 2¾”