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1685 Comedies, Histories & Tragedies by William Shakespeare

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  • $115,000

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  • $115

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  • #SHKSPR4

  • 07/2020

    Initial Offering Date

As the greatest writer of the English language, William Shakespeare needs no introduction. However, you might never have heard the name, “Shakespeare,” were it not for the collection of his plays into folios. In the early 1600’s, publishing a book in the folio format, which referred to the process of folding a single sheet of paper to make two leaves or four pages, was only used for prestigious works of literature. Shortly after his death, fellow actors in Shakespeare’s company decided to compile The Bard’s works into “Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories & Tragedies,” which featured thirty-six plays, eighteen of which had never before been published.

“Just after Shakespeare’s death, his stature was considerable. [Folios were] printed in a size reserved for great classes and lectern Bibles.”

— New York Times, on Shakespeare’s Folios | July 2011

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Rally’s #SHKSPR4 is a 1685 copy of Shakespeare’s Fourth Folio, the last and most elegant of the 17th century editions long prized by collectors. Notably, this copy retains the original portrait and title pages, setting it apart from inferior copies which have these pages in facsimile. Copies similar to #SHKSPR4 have appreciated over 20% since 2015.

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Price Per Share $115.00
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Asset Specifications
Title Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies
Author William Shakespeare
Edition Fourth Folio
Issue Brewster/Bentley
Publisher H. Herringman, E. Brewster, and R. Bentley
Publication Date 1685
Binding Modern panelled calf over old boards
Book Condition Good, minor restoration
Inscriptions or Note None

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