Richard the Second, William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1940)

The historical play Richard the Second, by William Shakespeare, was written sometime around 1595. It is based on Raphael Holinshed‘s Chronicles. The play focuses on the the last two years of the life of King Richard II of England, 1398-1400, especially the conflict between Richard and Henry Bolingbroke (later King Henry IV) over the kingship.  A synopsis is given by Sir Paul Harvey, from The Oxford Companion to English Literature: It deals with the arbitrary exile of Henry Bolingbroke … Continue reading Richard the Second, William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1940)

Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, Allen Press (1988) and Limited Editions Club (1940)

{Ed. Note: Updated on 1/12/2015 with pictures of the Allen Press Deluxe edition, thanks to Jen Lindsay who was the binder for these special editions.} Romeo and Juliet is, along with Hamlet, the most well known and performed of William Shakespeare‘s plays. Its tragic plot and theme of young love struggling against fate and/or chance is woven into the minds of anyone with even a basic level of familiarization … Continue reading Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, Allen Press (1988) and Limited Editions Club (1940)

Love’s Labour’s Lost, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939)

William Shakespeare‘s comedy Love’s Labour’s Lost, one of his early works that was written sometime around the mid-1590’s, is a somewhat difficult play to fully appreciate. It’s style, while sophisticated and witty, like its frequent allusions, rely on a significant understanding of the forms and court interplays of the time. This results in it being a real challenge to the modern reader.  Wikipedia’s article on the play states: Love’s Labour’s … Continue reading Love’s Labour’s Lost, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939)

The Play of Pericles Prince of Tyre, by William Shakespeare, Barbarian Press (2009)

{Ed. Note: This is a reprint of an article published in September 2011, though updated with new photographs. This edition remains one of my favorite all-time fine press works. You really have to see it and feel it to understand the height it reaches! It is a tactile tour-de-force.} Barbarian Press’s publication of William Shakespeare‘s The Play of Pericles Prince of Tyre, is one of the … Continue reading The Play of Pericles Prince of Tyre, by William Shakespeare, Barbarian Press (2009)

Titus Andronicus, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939)

Titus Andronicus is unlike any other Shakespeare play and, as such, there has always been much historical controversy about the extent of his authorship of it. The tragedy is believed to have been written between 1588 and 1593 and is likely Shakespeare’s first tragedy. Besides being one of his earliest plays, it has historically been one of the least respected with many critics feeling that if it … Continue reading Titus Andronicus, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939)

The Comedy of Errors, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939)

The Comedy of Errors is William Shakespeare‘s shortest play, and one the earliest written (first performed in 1594, though not published until the First Folio in 1623). The comedy, based entirely on the happenstances occurring when two identical twins that had been separated at birth end up in the same place, interacting with the same sets of people, unbeknownst to all involved. The resulting interplay of attempted seduction, … Continue reading The Comedy of Errors, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939)

Richard III, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1940)

{Ed. Note: This is next in a series taking a look at the famous and important Bruce Rogers designed 37 volume The Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies of William Shakespeare, published by the Limited Editions Club (LEC) in 1939 and 1940.} Richard III, the second longest play of Shakespeare’s, is classified as a history in the First Folio (though sometimes grouped in his tragedies), and concludes Shakespeare’s first tetralogy (along with Henry VI parts 1–3). It is believed to have … Continue reading Richard III, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1940)