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Auction: Books & Manuscripts
was auctioned on: 10 December 2010
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Estimate: US$125,000 - US$175,000
Price realised:  US$194,500
Lot number 87, Views: 157

Shakespeare, William Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true Originall Copies. The second Impression. London: "Printed by Tho. Cotes, for Robert Allot and are to be fold at the signe of the Blacke Beare in Pauls Church-yard," 1632 (colophon: Printed at London by Thomas Cotes, for John Smethwick, William Aspley, Richard Hawkins Richard Meighen, and Robert Allot 1632) Folio (12 3/8 x 8 1/4 in.; 314 x 210 mm). Engraved portrait of Shakespeare by Martin Droeshout on title-page, leaf of Ben Jonson's verses "To the Reader" facing title-page, ornamental woodcut initials, head- and tail-pieces, collation: A6, *4, A-Bb6, Cc2; a-y6; aa-ccc6, ddd4=454 leaves, text in double columns; preliminary and final leaves skilfully washed, A1 "To the Reader" has small calligraphic 'T' written in a 16mm square in upper margin and two small pen-trials effaced in lower blank region, A2-4 has two tiny diagonal creases at lower edge extending about 1 1/4 inches toward gutter margin, A2 title has contemporary inscription (now obscure) and signature in upper margin, A3 dedication leaf signed "A2" on paper with watermark of a small fleur-de-lys (Heawood 1420), A5 "Effigies" leaf with watermark of a large crown with fleur-de-lys (Heawood 1731), A6 Digges' verses leaf with small pot watermark, some light inkstains on a few leaves especially pages 30-33 of Coriolanus, occasional leaves lightly browned, errors in pagination neatly corrected, 18th-century notes in lower margins of some leaves in the more popular plays (Macbeth, Hamlet, etc.) expanding some obscure words. Modern red morocco, gilt-ruled triple fillet and vine borders, spine richly gilt, dentelles, all edges gilt, in a red leather drop-box, gilt-stamped title on spine; small stain on upper cover, front endleaf loose, a few scuffs on box.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Sotheby's
Title: Books & Manuscripts
Date of the auction: 10 Dec 2010
Address: Sotheby's
New York