The Letterpress Two Noble Kinsmen

William Shakespeare
Limited to 1,000 hand-numbered copies

Adapted from Chaucer, this is believed to be Shakespeare's last play – a playful yet poignant meditation on love, death and the bonds of friendship.

Limited Edition

To marry him is hopeless,
To be his whore is witless

  1. Act 2, Sc 4

Adapted from Chaucer’s The Knight’s TaleThe Two Noble Kinsmen tells of Palamon and Arcite, cousins fighting for Cleon against Theseus, Duke of Athens. Captured in the battle, the men spy the beautiful Emilia beneath their prison window. A rivalry is sparked which leads to disastrous consequences: banishment, madness, even death. 

Written in collaboration with John Fletcher, The Two Noble Kinsmen very likely includes Shakespeare’s last writing for the stage. For a late tragicomedy about love and death, it has a surprising playfulness, despite the often sombre, even violent, course of events. Here is a bittersweet portrayal of masculine friendship, a bond which, when torn asunder, can have devastating repercussions.

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

8¾” x 5¾”

 

Presentation box

Bound in buckram

15” x 11” x 2¾”

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