The Petrarch Press

Shake-speares Sonnets in Sheets

Special Offer to Independent Binders

THE PETRARCH PRESS is pleased to offer independent bookbinders a limited number of handmade-paper copies in sheets of our most important edition to date: Shakespeare’s Sonnets.

About Our Sonnets

Our edition of Shake-speares Sonnets honours the Quarto impression of 1609 by faithfully reprinting its arrangement, punctuation and orthography (the colourful original spelling, and the emphatic use of capitals and italics). We are presenting the most authentic version of the Sonnets possible. The 172-page text was printed by hand on our 1851 Super Royal Albion press. The hand-set type was cast in-house, in Cloister Old Style, with custom-made types for the the various ‘long-s’ characters the text requires. The Title Page ornament and the initial capital of Sonnet number 1 are printed with gold leaf, which is the only adornment to the text. The handmade paper was specially made for this edition, with deckle edges to the fore-edge and foot of each page.

20 copies were printed on sheepskin parchment (bound in vellum over boards), and 75 on handmade paper (with standard copies bound in limp vellum). Our standard price for the handmade-paper edition is $950. (The parchment edition is fully subscribed.) Of the 75 handmade-paper copies, 5 sets of sheets are reserved* for sale to bookbinders.

To learn more about this unusual edition:

Overview of the Standard Editions
Shake-speare’s Sonnets

How we established our text
Editing Shake-speare’s Sonnets

How we designed the unique typography of the Sonnets
Creating the Types for Shake-speare’s Sonnets

Available Now

When you order, you will receive the folded and collated, un-sewn sheets of one numbered copy from the handmade-paper edition for $750*. Printing is complete, and we can fulfill your order immediately.

Once your special binding is finished, we will also be pleased to post photographs and details of your finished work here on website.

Need more information? Please email us with your questions.

* When we exhaust our inventory of standard copies, any unsold sets of sheets will receive the standard binding, as needed.

To order your set of sheets, please contact:

The Petrarch Press
PO Box 488
9690 Stackhouse Lane
Oregon House, CA 95962-0488

Tel: +1 (530) 692-9531

*Plus 7.5% CA Sales Tax when delivered in California,
except with a valid State Resale number.

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