even though they are apparently not “rare” i would like to have one of Shakepeare’s First Folios

Posted on July 13, 2006. Filed under: Books |

“Shakespeare seems to be in a market all of his own. Sotheby’s is also selling a 1611 King James Bible for £30-35,000. A first edition of Milton’s Paradise Lost reached $90,000 at auction in 1991; a first edition of the great epic of Shakespeare’s own age, Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, went for a mere $50,000 five years ago. The only literary work to beat the Shakespeare folio is one of great age and rarity: Caxton’s 1478 edition of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. In 1998, this sold at Christie’s in London for £4.2m, at the time the highest price ever for a printed book. It was beaten in 2000 by the $8m bid in New York for John James Audubon’s four-volume (1827-38) Birds of America. But this is a sumptuous collection of 436 hand-coloured plates, produced by an author who is also valued as an artist.” From The Guardian.

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