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“PROUDLY DISPLAYED IN THE LIBRARIES OF THE GREAT AND FASHIONABLE”

SHAKESPEARE, William. Works of Shakespear. Oxford, 1743-44. Six volumes.

First edition of Sir Thomas Hanmer’s famous illustrated set of Shakespeare’s plays—“artistically the most delightful edition”—with copper-engraved frontispiece portrait, two plates of the Westminster and Stratford monuments and 36 copper-engraved plates, one for each play, by Hubert Gravelot after Francis Hayman, all valuable for their depictions of 18th-century costume, in attractive contemporary mottled calf. $16,500.

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WORKS OF MOLIERE, BEAUTIFULLY BOUND AND ILLUSTRATED

MOLIERE, Jean-Baptiste Pocquelin. Oeuvres de Moliere. Paris, 1734. Six volumes.

Lovely quarto edition of Moliere’s works in six volumes, beautifully illustrated with frontispiece portrait of Moliere by Coypel and 33 copper-engraved plates after drawings by Francois Boucher, “the most successful painter of the day” (Ray), as well as numerous engraved initials, head- and tailpieces, many also by Boucher. Exquisitely bound in lovely full contemporary French calf-gilt. $13,500.

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“WITH ALL GOOD WISHES SAMUEL BECKETT”

BECKETT, Samuel. Whoroscope. Paris, 1930.

Limited first edition, number 130 of only 300 copies issued, an exceptionally rare presentation/association copy of Beckett's "first separately published work," written in Paris in June 1930—"a milestone for Beckett"—inscribed on the limitation page by him, "For William Targ With all good wishes Samuel Beckett (40 years later)," in original wrappers. Famed editor, publisher and bibliophile William Targ, who placed Beckett first in his list of "top ten" authors to collect, was hailed as "a modern Dr. Johnson," and often visited with Beckett on annual trips to Paris. $12,500.

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THE RARE FIRST EDITION OF POPE’S SHAKESPEARE, 1723-25, THE FIRST QUARTO EDITION OF SHAKESPEARE’S WORKS

SHAKESPEARE, William. Works of Shakespear. London, 1723-25. Six volumes. The rare and important first quarto edition of Shakespeare’s works, edited by Alexander Pope, one of only 750 sets printed, in beautiful period-style binding. $12,000.

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“THE FIRST EUROPEAN NOVEL”

(ROJAS, Fernando de). Celestina. Leyden, 1599.

Plantin edition of this classic tragicomedy of the Spanish Renaissance—arguably the most important early work of Spanish literature aside from Don Quixote—published within a century of the unobtainable first edition. $8500.

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96 FOLIO ENGRAVINGS FOR BOYDELL’S SHAKESPEARE, WITH EARLY STATE PROOF IMPRESSIONS

(SHAKESPEARE) BOYDELL, John. Boydell’s Graphic Illustrations of the Dramatic Works of Shakespeare. London, 1804. Magnificent 1804 impressions of the 96 engravings for the sumptuous Boydell Shakespeare, after paintings by the period’s most eminent English artists— including Reynolds, Romney, Smirke, Stothard, Fuseli and Westall—with an engraver’s etched working proof for nearly every plate. $7500.

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A FINE AND “TRUE” EDITION OF SHAKESPEARE’S WORKS

SHAKESPEARE. Works. Stratford-on-Avon, 1904-07. Ten volumes. Fine limited private-press edition, number 123 of 1000 copies, the first production from the press founded solely for the purpose of publishing the “true” Shakespeare, handsomely bound by Bayntun-Riviere. $7500.

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HANDSOMELY BOUND AND ILLUSTRATED SET OF SCHILLER’S WORKS

SCHILLER, Friedrich. Works. Boston, 1902. Ten volumes. Limited "Edition Magnifique," of Schiller's works, letter P of only 26 lettered sets, with numerous plates in triple-suite (one of each suite hand-colored), magnificently bound by Macdonald and Allen in elaborate morocco-gilt with doublures. $6500.

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“SUCCEEDED LOPE DE VEGA AS THE LEADING SPANISH PLAYWRIGHT OF THE GOLDEN AGE”

CALDERON DE LA BARCA, Pedro. Autos Sacramentales, Alegoricos, y Historiales. Madrid, 1717. Six volumes.

First edition of this collection of the great Spanish dramatist’s ‘Autos’—allegorical one-act plays celebrating the mystery of the Eucharist on Corpus Christi—with engraved frontispiece portrait of the playwright, in contemporary vellum. $6500.

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FROM THE LIBRARY OF LA DUCHESSE DE BERRY WITH HER GILT COAT OF ARMS

(DE BERRY, Duchesse) DE RANCÉ, M. and THÉAULON, [Marie]. Anniversaire. Paris, 1816.

First edition of the popular French play L’Anniversaire, from the library of La Duchesse de Berry, with her gilt armorial coat of arms on both boards. $5500.

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