This illustrated bibliography features several large hardcovers that include the full text of each Shakespeare play, along with notes, commentary and scholarly essays. They are beautifully illustrated with laser-cut paper designs, but they are consequently quite delicate and require careful handling. Some internal illustrations are provided below, and the full list with links to the books (which are mostly still in print) is below.

Each volume in the Signature Shakespeare series includes:

  • Original paper-cut illustrations in the form of both laser tip-ins and scans. Paintings and photographs add depth to front and back matter.
  • Premier scholars introduce each play with contemporary scholarship. An essay on editing the text provides an in-depth look at the quartos and folios used in the edition.
  • Illustrated contextual essays on Shakespeare’s England, language, and life, along with essays on performing Shakespeare and significant performances, that frame the play in both historical and theatrical context for readers.
  • Non-intrusive notes and analysis including one-word margin definitions, facing-page glosses, and longer end notes after each play.
  • An annotated bibliography of titles, selected by the introduction author, provides a list of further reading.

Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Jeff Dolven and Kevin Stanton

Publication: 2012, Sterling | Status: In Print

About the book: The drama of the procrastinating Danish prince who ponders whether or not to revenge his father’s death.

Buy the book: Hamlet @ Book Depository Macbeth @

Publication: 2012, Sterling | Status: In Print

About the book: Shakespeare’s dark and bloody “Scottish play” about the lust for power.

Buy the book: Macbeth @ Book Depository | Macbeth @

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, Robert S. Miola and Kevin Stanton

Publication: 2012, Sterling | Status: In Print

About the book: A comedy about mistaken identities, false suspicions, and a very “merry war” between the lovers Beatrice and Benedick

Buy the book: Much Ado About Nothing @ Book Depository | Much Ado About Nothing @ Amazon

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Mario Digangi and Kevin Stanton

Publication: 2012, Sterling | Status: Out of Print

About the book: The tragic romance of star-crossed lovers who “Do with their death bury their parents’ strife”.

Buy the book: Romeo & Juliet – check availability @ Abebooks

Signature Shakespeare Romeo Juliet Page


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