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This is an auction for a letterpress edition of Shakespeare's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM.

This is a large format Folio Society hardback, in its original solander box, plus a commentary volume (still in its shrink wrap).

This book is currently on sale through the Folio Society in Australia for A$575 (NZ$619).

"A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of the most popular and frequently performed of all Shakespeare's comedies. Around the world in traditional venues, gardens, parks and outdoor theatres, the magical qualities of this play enchant audiences time and again. Directors are drawn to the eternal themes of conflict between the sexes and between different worlds of wood and city, while the portrayal of the supernatural fairies to a modern audience continues to challenge. Are they the quaint winged creatures later popularised in Victorian fantasy or more dangerous spirits surviving from pagan beliefs? Some commentators believe that the play might have been written to celebrate a wedding, making the play-within-a-play even more of an in-joke. Felix Mendelssohn wrote incidental music to accompany the play and the Wedding March is now one of the world's most recognisable pieces of music. Samuel Pepys saw an adaptation of the play on Sept. 29, 1662 at the King's Theatre, and thought it 'the most insipid, ridiculous play that ever I saw' although he liked the 'handsome women'. For years, Puck was featured at the top of many Sunday comics, with the banner 'What fools these mortals be.'"

Ultra-large format * Folio Society hardback.

* 35.5cms x 25.5cms.

Minor wear (VERY minor) to the solander box. Otherwise, brand new condition.

The cost of shipping is:

* North Island - $8.95 (tracked mail)

* North Island rural delivery (RD) $11.95

* South Island - $13.95 (tracked mail)

* South Island rural delivery (RD) $16.95

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

Payment within seven days, please.
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Shipping options

  • NI: tracked mail$8.95
  • NI: tracked mail for Rural Delivery$11.95
  • SI: tracked mail$13.95
  • SI: tracked mail for Rural Delivery$16.95
  • Seller allows pick-ups
  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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