The Letterpress The Merry Wives Windsor

William Shakespeare
Limited to 1,000 hand-numbered copies

Written at the request of Queen Elizabeth, who wanted to see Falstaff again, this is the only Shakespeare comedy set entirely in England.

Limited Edition

Why then, the world’s mine oyster,
Which I with sword will open.

  1. Act 2, Sc. 2

The Merry Wives of Windsor is traditionally supposed to have been written at the request of Queen Elizabeth, who wanted to see Falstaff again. Whatever the historical facts, she must have been pleased with this glorious romp when it was performed for her (as seems most likely) at Windsor Castle at the Feast of the Garter in 1597. The only comedy by Shakespeare set entirely in England, it is a joy for audiences but a trial for poor Falstaff, who is bundled into a laundry basket, forced to disguise himself as Mother Pratt, the fat woman of Brentford, and finally attacked by children dressed as fairies.

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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