By DEREK KRAVITZ, Associated Press Writer
Thu Mar 30, 2006
“LONDON – A rare complete copy of the First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays will go on sale in London on July 13, Sotheby’s auction house said Thursday.
The complete compendium of 36 plays, being sold by the trustees of Dr. Williams’ Library in London, is still in its 17th-century calf binding, Sotheby’s said. The auctioneer expected the book to sell for as much as $6.1 million – what a comparable copy of the 900-page First Folio fetched in a 2001 sale at Christie’s in New York.
Some 750 copies of the First Folio were printed, and about a third survived, though most are incomplete, Sotheby’s said.”