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Re: Price Check
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.009  Saturday, 3 January 1998.

[1]     From:   Stephen Orgel <
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        Date:   Friday, 2 Jan 1998 11:43:44 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.005  Qs: Price Check;

[2]     From:   R. Thomas Simone <
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        Date:   Friday, 2 Jan 1998 15:03:13 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   FIRST FOLIO prices

[3]     From:   Jim Harner <
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        Date:   Friday, 2 Jan 1998 20:40:53 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Price Check

[4]     From:   Paul Werstine <
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        Date:   Saturday, 3 Jan 1998 11:10:43 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Price Check

[5]     From:   Leslie Thomson <
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        Date:   Saturday, 03 Jan 1998 11:37:55 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.005  Q: Price Check

[6]     From:   Andrew Murphy <
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        Date:   Saturday, 3 Jan 1998 17:03:02 +0000 (GMT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.005 Q: Price Check


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From:           Stephen Orgel <
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Date:           Friday, 2 Jan 1998 11:43:44 -0700
Subject: 9.005  Qs: Price Check;
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.005  Qs: Price Check;

In reply to Steven Marx's price check, the folio sold for 15 shillings
unbound; binding in plain calf would have been an additional 3
shillings.  As for recent prices, I'm not aware of one that's come on
the market for a long time, but last summer a London bookseller had a
4th folio for 37,500 pounds. Peter Blayney's Folger Library pamphlet THE
FIRST FOLIO OF SHAKESPEARE has some interesting  history about the
book's price.

Happy shopping.
s.o.

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From:           R. Thomas Simone <
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Date:           Friday, 2 Jan 1998 15:03:13 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        FIRST FOLIO prices

Steve Marx asks for current value of a First Folio copy.  While note an
exceptionally rare book (1000 or so copies), the FF is highly prized.  I
believe recent sales are rather scanty, but a price in the $750K to 1
Million might do.  3rd edition Folios are available for around $75K.

I'm not sure that we have any exact initial price of the FF, but I seem
to recall Greg mentioning 30 shillings as an approximation for a price
in 1623.

A call to a major rare book dealer like Hertiage Books in LA would lead
to more accurate information.  A very knowledgeable Leo Biondi is the
resident expert at Heritage.

Happy New Year.

Tom Simone

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From:           Jim Harner <
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Date:           Friday, 2 Jan 1998 20:40:53 -0600 (CST)
Subject:        Price Check

The best sources for current auction prices of rare books are +Book
Auction Records+ and +American Book Prices Current+ (which, despite the
title, includes British and Continental auctions).

Jim Harner
Editor, World Shakespeare Bibliography

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From:           Paul Werstine <
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Date:           Saturday, 3 Jan 1998 11:10:43 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Price Check

The Sh. 1st Folio is traditionally said to have cost a pound in 1623;
Peter Blayney has noted that there's a copy in the Folger marked  on the
flyleaf as 15 shillings ({The Shakespeare First Folio} Washington, DC:
Folger, 1991, pp. 25-28.)

Good luck with the Bible.

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From:           Leslie Thomson <
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Date:           Saturday, 03 Jan 1998 11:37:55 -0800
Subject: 9.005  Q: Price Check
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.005  Q: Price Check

The answer to the question about the original price of the First Folio
can be found in Peter Blayney's book, *The First Folio of Shakespeare*
(Folger Library Publications), pp. 25-9. The Webster copy, sold in the
early 1990's by Sotheby's, fetched $650,000--Peter does not think this
has been exceeded.

Leslie Thomson

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From:           Andrew Murphy <
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Date:           Saturday, 3 Jan 1998 17:03:02 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: 9.005 Q: Price Check
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.005 Q: Price Check

As far as the original price of F1 is concerned, the most frequently
quoted figure is #1, but for a very good guide to the possible range of
prices (which depended on the state and kind of binding), see Peter
Blayney's excellent short book on F1, published by the Folger.

Regarding a possible present-day price, it seems hard to say, but I
gather when the National Lottery was launched here in the UK, a copy of
F1 was brought into the studio and was represented as being worth #1m. I
don't think they were offering it as a prize . . . .

Hope this is useful

Andrew
 

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