King Lear The Letterpress Shakespeare
Since the First Folio in 1623 there have been countless editions of Shakespeare’s works. The Folio Society wanted to do something unprecedented: to design an edition so pure, so simple, that the beauty of the text could be fully appreciated – an edition that would be as timeless as the text itself. The starting point was the text. Rather than keep text and commentary together, they decided to put them into separate volumes. Out went the elements that clutter the page : footnotes and textual variants. All that was left was Shakespeare’s words. They decided to have the text printed by letterpress in 16-point Baskerville. The type is set in hot metal and impressed on thick, mould made paper. The margins are generous – over 6 centimetres – to allow the words room to breathe. The result is a simple, understated design that is a delight to read and a pleasure to hold.
Shakespeare’s story of a king who divides his realm between his three daughters probes the depths of human suffering and despair.
Complete in Solander Case with Commentary Volume (215 x 140mm) in burgundy cloth with gilt spine titles and a white label with black titles on the front cover.
- Folio Society Limited Edition No. 477 of 3750
- Publisher Folio Society, London; 2007
- Halfbound Goatskin Leather Hardback, 115pp, Commentary 321pp
- Size 355 x 260mm, 5.5kg
Condition: Fine – Superb Unmarked Copy
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