May 05, 2022 - Sale 2603

Sale 2603 - Lot 66

Price Realized: $ 11,700
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 15,000
Alexander, Sir William, Earl of Stirling (1567-1640)
The Monarchicke Tragedies; Croesus, Darius, The Alexandraean, Julius Caesar. Newly enlarged.

London: Valentine Simmes for Ed. Blount, 1607.

Quarto, expanded edition, consisting of a reissue of the 1604 edition with new general title page, with Darius retaining its original title dated 1604, and the final two plays appearing for the first time, each with its own title; title page of The Alexandrean Tragedie is the cancel with mask ornament; with all four original blanks present, including first preliminary leaf signed A1; bound in full crushed navy morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe for Bernard Quaritch, 7 1/2 x 5 3/4 in.

In addition to promoting the Scottish colonization of Nova Scotia and his connection with the royal family, Alexander was also a celebrated poet and playwright. This particular work is exceedingly rare on the market.

STC 344; ESTC S100090; Greg III page 1010; rare at auction.

From the Ken Rapoport Collection.