The Standard Edition

Seventy-five signed and numbered copies printed on Zerkall Ingres paper, case-bound in cream cloth-covered boards and gold-stamped with an emblem inspired by Doves Bindery tooling, with decorative endbands of terracotta goatskin. Bound by

Coriander Reisbord.

Price: $450

The Deluxe Edition

Twenty-six signed copies lettered A to Z printed on handmade Twinrocker Yale paper and bound in the sewn-board design invented by Gary Frost, with a spine of terracotta goat-skin stamped in real gold and boards covered with handmade paper printed with a Doves pattern. Bound by Coriander Reisbord.

Price: $850

For more information,

contact Jonathan Finegold at the New Albion Press

13804 Moonshine Road

Camptonville, California 95922

The New Albion Press Quatercentenary Edition of Shakespeare’s Sonnets

was printed in 2009 using a revival of the beautiful Doves Type

in commemoration of the four hundredth anniversary of the first printing of the Sonnets in 1609

and the one hundredth anniversary of the Doves Press edition

printed in 1909 by T. J. Cobden-Sanderson.

The Sonnets was printed on an 1850 Hopkinson & Cope Albion handpress

in two editions using traditional dampened paper and hand inking.

The Doves Type was created by Emery Walker and cut by Edward Prince for the Doves Press.

Although the type was destroyed by 1917, it has been revived by type designer Torbjörn Olsson, and the text was printed from polymer plates. The red initial capital derives from that designed by

Edward Johnston for the Doves edition. Marginal titles are printed in red, blue

and violet, reflecting their location in the sequence of the sonnets.


The text of the Sonnets has been painstakingly edited to incorporate the best recent scholarship as to the spelling, punctuation and meaning of the poems. The Doves Press edition aimed to present the text as the product of the times of its first publication, and thus made few changes from the 1609 edition. Our intention in contrast has been to present an edition for modern readers, with punctuation chosen to further the flow of the poetry and other emendations chosen to support its meaning. Chief among the many sources consulted were the original 1609 Quarto edition and editions prepared by Stephen Booth (1977),  John Kerrigan (1986), G. Evans (1996), Katherine Duncan-Jones (1997), Helen Vendler (1997) and David West (2007).