The Letterpress Midsummer Night’s Dream

William Shakespeare
Limited to 3,750 hand-numbered copies

One of the most frequently performed of all Shakespeare’s comedies, an enchanting meditation on the nature of love, gender politics and the supernatural

Limited Edition
Lord, what fools these mortals be!
  1. Act 3 Sc.2

Today, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of the most popular and frequently performed of all Shakespeare’s comedies. Around the world in traditional venues, gardens, parks and outdoor theatres, the magical qualities of this play enchant audiences time and again. Directors are drawn to the eternal themes of conflict between the sexes and between the natural and ‘civilised’ worlds of wood and city, while the portrayal of the supernatural fairies to a modern audience continues to challenge. Are they the quaint winged creatures later popularised in Victorian fantasy or more dangerous spirits surviving from pagan beliefs?

Letterpress volume

Limited to 3,750 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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