Sonnet 69 For the Bodleian Library Of Oxford
It’s Official! We have been selected to print Sonnet 69 for the Bodleian Library of Oxford
This year is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. The Bodleian Library, the university library in Oxford, is aiming to collect a set of the 154 sonnets that Shakespeare wrote from letterpress printers around the world. Each printer selected will produce one sonnet in any style or language by letterpress (the method used to print Shakespeare originally). The collection will then reside at the Bodleian Library for ever more. Tremblay Letterpress will be printing Sonnet 69 for this collection.
We will be printing a short run of limited edition prints and will select dozen for submission. The remaining prints will be available for sale. I cannot yet say for how much as I don’t have a size or paper type or design yet.
This will be the first official project printed by Tremblay Letterpress since the acquisition and refurbishing of our Chandler and Price 10 x 15 Old Style Press. We are extremely excited about taking part in the this project and look forward to many more in the future.
Learn more about this project at The Centre for the Study of the Book Bodleian Libries University of Oxford
Those parts of thee that the world’s eye doth view,
Want nothing that the thought of hearts can mend:
All tongues (the voice of souls) give thee that due,
Uttering bare truth, even so as foes commend.
Thy outward thus with outward praise is crowned,
But those same tongues that give thee so thine own,
In other accents do this praise confound
By seeing farther than the eye hath shown.
They look into the beauty of thy mind,
And that in guess they measure by thy deeds,
Then churls their thoughts (although their eyes were kind)
To thy fair flower add the rank smell of weeds:
But why thy odour matcheth not thy show,
The soil is this, that thou dost common grow.