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The Butterfield Sale
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1597  Monday, 25 June 2001

From:           Steve Sohmer <
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Date:           Saturday, 23 Jun 2001 18:07:30 EDT
Subject:        The Butterfield Sale

Dear Hardy (and Friends),

I went to look at the Shakespeare folios in the forthcoming Butterfields
sale of 28 June. There's a very bad First Folio estimated at $10/20K,
with only two complete plays MM and AWW. Then there's a very nice Second
Folio estimated at $50/70K which will probably sell much higher. The
Third Folio lacks the spurious seven plays, and is estimated at $10/20K.
The Fourth Folio is not very attractive and quite worn, missing many
pages, estimated $5/7K.  There are also some odd plays from the First
Folio bound separately, that will probably sell in the $18/20K range,
and a scattering of late 17th century quartos of OTH, HAM, and JC.

There's one bargain item (1088) for those who like autographs. It's a
document signed by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, Thomas Radcliffe,
Knollys, Cecil, and Ambrose Dudley, Earl of Warwick. Might go under $1K.

For the record, my booksellers says there are three very fine First
Folios in private hands in the US. Wish I owned one.

All the best,
Steve

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