“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.