In a cycle of 154 short, 14-line poems first published in 1609, William Shakespeare meditated on themes of love, death, and desire. To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare, Oxford University's Bodleian Libraries have asked for contributions from hand-press printers across the world to pick and print one of Shakespeare's sonnets for selection to be exhibited and added to their collection.
I managed to select sonnet number 4, and designed a print incorporating arabesque borders based upon those of the Fell types collection of the Oxford university. The text is 18pt Caslon Roman with a 60pt illustrated capital. The sonnet was printed onto 210GSM French BFK Rives printmakers paper on the Albion handpress.
Click here to see the poster shown on the Oxford University Bodleian Libraries website.