“INCOMPARABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT WORK IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE”
SHAKESPEARE. Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. London, 1685.
Rare 1685 Fourth Folio of Shakespeare's plays, first issue, with the engraved frontispiece portrait of Shakespeare by Droeshout in neat facsimile, the ten-line poem by Ben Jonson and John Milton's first poem. The folios are "incomparably the most important work in the English language" (William A. Jackson). Because of their incalculable impact on the language, thought and literature of our world, they are among the most desirable of all English language books, the prizes of any collection. In handsome period-style paneled calf-gilt. $92,000.
“A FINAL TESTAMENT TO THE HUMAN VALUES HE CHERISHED MOST”
WASHINGTON, George. The Will of General George Washington. Alexandria, 1800.
First edition of Washington's will, "one of the most historically significant and personally revealing documents he ever wrote," exceedingly rare in original wrappers. $22,500.
"THIS COMES AT THE END OF THE MOST CRITICALLY TROUBLED PERIOD OF MY LIFE… I BELIEVE I CAN WRITE A GOOD NOVEL, PERHAPS MY GREATEST"
GREY, Zane. Manuscript notebook ("Baggage Notebook May 1932 33 New Zealand & Tahiti"). New Zealand and Tahiti, 1933.
Manuscript diary, written entirely in Zane Grey's hand, including a 32-page packing list for Grey's 1932-33 trip to New Zealand and Tahiti focusing on fishing gear, as well as a writing log maintained during the trip tracing the daily progress of Twin Sombreros, Ride the Man Down, 30,000 on the Hoof, and "Horse Thief" and sharing Grey's in-depth thoughts at the completion of each work. $8500.