May 05, 2022 - Sale 2603

Sale 2603 - Lot 123

Price Realized: $ 37,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 12,000 - $ 18,000
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

London: by Tho. Cotes to be sold by John Benson, 1640.

First edition, incomplete, lacking four leaves: portrait, title, To the Reader, and second title (i.e. [portrait], *1, *2, and A1); small octavo, last leaf mounted, some contemporary annotations, line numbering; shaved close, touching line ends at some fore-margins; bound in later calf, ex libris Joseph Haslewood, with his gilt-tooled armorial bookplate inside the front board and a note in his hand in ink on binder's ffep, "See British Bibliographer Vol. I p. 171. as to the precise contents of a perfect copy"; binding scuffed, becoming decased; stains and spotting to contents, 5 1/8 x 3 3/8 in.

From the Ken Rapoport Collection.