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  1. Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true Original Copies. The third Impression.

    Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true Original Copies. The third Impression.

    And unto this Impression is added seven Playes, never before Printed in Folio.
    Third folio edition of Shakespeare's plays, generally regarded as the rarest of the 17th-century folio editions. An unknown number of copies is thought to have been destroyed in the Great Fire of London of 1666. The third folio is a reprint of the second (1632), but the second issue adds seven plays to the corpus, although of these only Pericles is now considered authentic. Learn More
    £500,000

    Date of Publication: 1664

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108578

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  2. The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark.

    The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark.

    As it is now Acted at his Highness the Duke of York’s Theatre.
    First Davenant edition and the sixth edition overall; there is another edition dated 1676 that Greg describes as a "close reprint … which may be some years later than its ostensible date". As manager of the Duke of York's theatre, Sir William Davenant (1606-1668) was in a unique position with regard to the staging of Shakespeare, as his father, John Davenant, had seen the play acted in Shakespeare's day: "Sir William's father, the devotee of Shakespeare, had probably left London just before the first performance of Hamlet at the Globe on Bankside; he would certainly have seen it at Oxford by 1603 (title-page, first quarto). Learn More
    £52,500

    Date of Publication: 1676

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110109

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  3. Sense and Sensibility.

    Sense and Sensibility.

    In Three Volumes. The Second Edition.
    Second edition. An attractive copy in an uncommon contemporary binding. Sense and Sensibility was first published in late 1811, and the first edition was sold out by July 1813. This second edition, with the text significantly revised by Austen and the substitution of "By the author of Pride and Prejudice" for "By a Lady" on the title page, appeared in October 1813. Learn More
    £12,500

    Date of Publication: 1813

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 88406

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  4. Emma:

    Emma:

    A Novel. In three volumes. By the Author of “Pride and Prejudice,” &c. &c.
    First edition of the last completed of Jane Austen's novels, fully displaying her mastery of free indirect speech, an innovation in the English novel. She had fallen out with Egerton over publication of Mansfield Park and transferred to Murray, who published the second edition of that book and the first edition of Emma on the same terms: each was published at the author's expense, with profits to the author after payment of a 10 per cent commission to the publisher. Learn More
    £14,500

    Date of Publication: 1816

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108340

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  5. Poems.
    signed

    Poems.

    In two volumes.
    First edition, first issue, of the collection that made Elizabeth Barrett's fame, presentation copy, inscribed by the author, "To Miss Heard, with the author's regards, August 1844". A superb association: Miss Heard was a friend and, in EBB's mind, rival for the attentions of the blind classicist Hugh Stuart Boyd (1781-1848), to whom EBB was devoted in the earlier 1830s, very like Dorothea to Casaubon. Learn More
    £9,500

    Date of Publication: 1844

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 75309

    Signed: Yes

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  6. Austen's Novels:

    Austen's Novels:

    Sense and Sensibility; Pride and Prejudice; Mansfield Park; Emma; Northanger Abbey & Persuasion; Memoir by J. E. Austen Leigh (which includes Lady Susan and The Watsons).
    A very handsome set; apparently a reprint of the Steventon edition of 1882 and rather scarce: both Keynes and Gilson report having "not seen this". Learn More
    £3,250

    Date of Publication: 1886

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 99200

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  7. The Poems.

    The Poems.

    Printed After the Original Copies of Venus and Adonis, 1593. The Rape of Lucrece, 1594. Sonnets, 1609. The Lover's Complaint.
    First Kelmscott edition, one of only 500 copies printed. Learn More
    £5,000

    Date of Publication: 1893

    Published: Hammersmith

    Stock Code: 91614

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  8. The Poems of William Shakespeare,

    The Poems of William Shakespeare,

    Printed After the Original Copies of Venus and Adonis, 1593. The Rape of Lucrece, 1594. Sonnets, 1609. The Lover's Complaint.
    First Kelmscott edition, one of only 500 copies printed. Learn More
    £3,250

    Date of Publication: 1893

    Published: Hammersmith

    Stock Code: 73722

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  9. A Midsummer-Night's Dream.
    signed

    A Midsummer-Night's Dream.

    Signed limited edition. Number 170 of 1,000 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1908

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110163

    Signed: Yes

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  10. Love Poems and Others.

    Love Poems and Others.

    First edition, first impression, of Lawrence's first book of verse, his third book overall. Very scarce in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1913

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 106241

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  11. Women In Love.
    signed

    Women In Love.

    First edition, UK issue being one of 50 numbered copies signed by the author. Martin Secker bought 50 sets of sheets from the unsigned American edition, and bound them very much in the Secker style, though the publisher's name does not appear anywhere in the book. The regular trade edition did not appear in England for another two years. Learn More
    £8,500

    Date of Publication: 1920

    Published:

    Stock Code: 49677

    Signed: Yes

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  12. The Tempest.
    £500

    Date of Publication: 1926

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108309

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  13. Julius Caesar. A Tragedy.

    Julius Caesar. A Tragedy.

    As it is now Acted at the Theatre Royal.
    An unusually good example of an early quarto edition, surviving examples of which are commonly found trimmed and in poor condition. There is no lifetime quarto of Julius Caesar, which was first published in the first folio in 1623, that text being the sole authority for the play. Unusually for a major Shakespeare play, the text suffered no adaptation in the Restoration. Learn More
    £10,000

    Date of Publication: [after 1691]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 69998

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