The Sonnets of Shakespeare, newly imprinted from the first edition of 1609, by Clarke Conwell at The Elston Press. This publisher, founded by Clarke Conwell and his artist wife, Helen Marguerite O'Kane, is one of the most respected private American presses, yet is paradoxically not so well known, partly because it existed for only a few years at the start of the 20th century, and partly because its works were published in small limited editions. It was a follower of the William Morris Arts and Crafts Movement, emulating its printing style. The initial letter of each sonnet in this book, which is from a limited edition of 210 published in 1904, was designed by H. M. O'Kane. The book has gray paper-covered boards, with a buckram spine, and black titling on the front cover and spine. Printed on handmade paper, with deckle edges, the upper edges remaining uncut. There is light staining to the boards, and two fine pen lines on the front cover. The paper covers are worn in places around the edges and at the corners, and lower corners bumped. There are two light pencil marks to the front pastedown, and a narrow vertical blue-green mark on page 37. A rare book, in overall very good condition.