The Letterpress The Two Gentlemen of Verona

William Shakespeare
Limited to 1,000 hand-numbered copies

A hilarious story of romance and rivalry thought to be Shakespeare’s first play – penned before he came to London.

Limited Edition

O, how this spring of love resembleth
The uncertain glory of an April day,
Which now shows all the beauty of the sun,
And by and by a cloud takes all away.

  1. Act 1, Sc. 3

Valentine and Proteus leave their home of Verona for Milan with very different aims: Valentine wishes to see the world while Proteus longs to return home to his sweetheart Julia. But when the two young men meet Silvia, daughter of the Duke, their friendship turns to a deadly rivalry ...  

As we reach the end of the Letterpress series, we turn to the beginning of Shakespeare’s career, and his earliest comedies. The Two Gentlemen of Verona is now thought to be his first comedy, possibly written as early as 1590, before he came to London. Most people know it for the song ‘Who is Silvia?’, so beautifully set to music by Franz Schubert, and the dog, Crab, who steals the scene from the much put-upon servant Lance.

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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