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  • William Shakespeare's fourth folio to cross the block at Dreweatts
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    Will Davison
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William Shakespeare's fourth folio to cross the block at Dreweatts

A fourth folio edition of William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories and Tragedies will be among the top lots at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury in London on November 13.  

It's valued at £22,000-28,000 ($35,273-44,894).

Shakespeare fourth folio
The fourth edition of Shakespeare's folio is the most common

There are four folios, or editions, of Shakespeare's plays - of which the fourth and second are the most common. The fourth was published in London in 1685 and was used as the source text for the 18th century printings.

The third folio is rarer, as the majority of copies were destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. One example sold for $374,500 at Sotheby's New York in 2012.

Most desirable of all is the ultra rare first folio, which was published in 1623 - several years after Shakespeare's death. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen paid $6.1m for a copy in 2001.

A three-volume first edition copy of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice carries an estimate of £20,000-25,000 ($32,055-40,068).

The book was instantly recognised as a classic on its release in 1813, selling out almost immediately. It has remained in publication ever since and has been the subject of endless film and TV adaptations.

One particularly fine example realised £139,250 ($223,198) at Sotheby's London in 2010.

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  • Post author
    Will Davison
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