The Complete Plays of William Shakespeare - signed limited edition Folio Society
New and unread - signed by the artist Neil Packer, Folio's magnificent limited edition of The Complete Plays of William Shakespeare, celebrating the 400th anniversary of the First Folio, features fabulous artwork by Neil Packer, a foreword by Dame Judi Dench and an introduction by Gregory Doran.
Limited to 1,000 hand-numbered sets each signed by the illustrator. On 8 November 1623, the First Folio of Shakespeare,s plays was registered, bringing together the great playwright,s work as a single printed collection for the first time and saving it for centuries to come. 400 years on, Folio is delighted to commemorate the anniversary with a sensational limited edition; a triumph of the bookmakers' art and a legacy for future generations, which includes a foreword by Dame Judi Dench and an introduction by Gregory Doran, the RSC's Artistic Director Emeritus. Neil Packer?s designs for the elegant, bespoke bindings are inspired by Elizabethan blackwork embroidery - his artwork perfectly replicated in sumptuous silk and linen jacquard cloth woven by Stephen Walters & Sons, the oldest silk-weaving company in Britain. Packer has also contributed 40 illustrations and designs for the presentation box.
The text, set in black and red throughout, was printed by Northend in Sheffield. Smith Settle, also in Yorkshire, renowned for exemplary craftsmanship, have bound the books employing traditional techniques, and, finally, Stan Lane, the last of the famous Monotype artisan printers, has printed the limitation tip on his original Heidelberg press at his studio in Gloucestershire. Signed and numbered by Neil Packer, the tip is in the front of The Comedies. Three-volume set Bound in bespoke silk and linen jacquard cloth Hot metal letterpress-printed limitation tip signed by Neil Packer 1,464 pages in total set in Caslon with a version by Neil Packer as display Printed in two colours throughout on Munken Pure paper 40 illustrations in total Gilded on all 3 edges in gunmetal Cloth-covered presentation box lined with printed Woodstock Betulla paper