Hughes, Ted

Shakespeare’s Ovid: de luxe edition


Dimensions: 340 x 260mm
Medium: Artist’s Book
Artist: Ted Hughes, Christopher Le Brun
Format: Hand-bound and slipcased
Edition size: 50
Date: 1995

Ted Hughes’s vigorous and colourful translations of Ovid’s Venus and Adonis and Salmacis and Hermaphroditus are here paired with drawings by Christopher Le Brun and with his signed original etching Atlanta and Hippomenes. The book is published in aid of the Shakespeare Globe Trust and its appeal to rebuild the Globe Theatre, the setting for the first performances of Shakespeare’s plays, 1599-1613. The text has been designed and printed by Sebastian Carter of the Rampant Lions Press, Cambridge. The introduction is set in 14pt Perpetua and the main text hand-set in Eric Gill’s Golden Cockerel roman.


The paper is 160gsm Arches Vélin. Christopher Le Brun’s etching has been printed on 300gsm Somerset TP at Hope Sufferance Press, and the facsimiles of his drawings have been printed by Expression Printers Ltd. The edition comprises 50 de luxe copies, bound and slipcased by The Fine Bindery and signed by Hughes, Le Brun and Sebastian Carter. Le Brun’s signed limited edition original etching Atlanta and Hippomenes accompanies this publication.

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