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Old October 9th 03, 08:18 PM
satchin
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I am new to Newsgroups and book collecting so please bear with me. I have a
set of Sakespeare books. The only info on the title page is:

(Handy Stratford Edition) - on left corner
COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAMSHAKESPEARE
Illusrated with Steel Engravings
Volume 1
Life
Tempest
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Comedy of Errors

Philadelphia
David McKay, Publisher

I have the complete 13 volumes. I Saw it advertised for $1200.00 at a site
but wanted to verify the publication date before selling. Did research on
David McKay, Library of Congress says there is no date recorded for these
books, but they are listed.

Can anyone tell me how to go about putting a value on them so I can list
them correctly? Where to list them so they will reach the right buyers?
Should I simply go to all antiquarian book sellers/buyers and post the
listing?

I just started being a seller at Abe books so would there be a conflict in
placing in other sites?

I could be deluding myself in thinking there is value to these books, but
have exhausted every resource I can find online and would just like to find
an easier, profitable would be nice, way to list. Just because I found he
same book for $1200 does not necessarily mean to me that if I listed it for
$800 I would get a sale. How do I know how long it has been listed there?

Any help sure would be appreciated.


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Old October 10th 03, 02:23 AM
John Yamamoto-Wilson
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satchin wrote:

(Handy Stratford Edition) - on left corner
COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAMSHAKESPEARE
Illusrated with Steel Engravings
Volume 1
Life
Tempest
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Comedy of Errors

Philadelphia
David McKay, Publisher

I have the complete 13 volumes. I Saw it advertised for $1200.00 at a

site
but wanted to verify the publication date before selling. Did research on
David McKay, Library of Congress says there is no date recorded for these
books, but they are listed.


I have to say $1200 sounds a rather improbable price, unless the set is in a
fine leather binding and/or has some particularly special feature, such as a
desirable set of engravings.

A seller on ABE (http://dogbert.abebooks.com/abe/BookSearch) is offering 12
of the 13 volumes of what appears to be the same set for a far lower price:
__________________________________________________ ______________
Shakespeare, William
COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, HANDY STRATFORD EDITION,
ILLUSTRATED WITH STEEL ENGRAVINGS, 12 OF 13 VOLUMES
Philadelphia David McKay. NF/NONE. Lovely little set. Complete in 13
volumes- this set missing volume XI. Bound in brick red flexible boards with
gilt spine lettering. Front cover stamped decoration. Top edge gilt.
Illustrated. No date, but appears to be a circa 1900 publication. Each
volume in fine or near fine condition. Clean, bright, strong. Set shows only
the slightest hints of its age. Volumes measure approximately 3 1/2 inches
across and 5 inches tall. Binding is Hardcover. Bookseller Inventory #27810
Price: US$ 60.00
Bookseller: Kavanagh Books, Palmyra, NY, U.S.A.
__________________________________________________ ______________

A bit of foraging would probably turn up the missing volume for just a few
dollars. Other ABE sellers are offering the Mckay "Gollancz" edition (a
10-volume set) for around $75-$150.

That sounds much more like what I'd expect to pay for a set like this; after
all, after the Bible, Shakespeare is the most widely-published work in
English and sets like this are plentiful.


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John
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Old October 12th 03, 02:06 AM
Jerry Morris
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John Yamamoto-Wilson wrote and I snipped

....after the Bible, Shakespeare is the most widely-published work in

English and sets like this are plentiful.

I'm curious. How many RCBers have the Works of Shakespeare in their
library?

While collecting Books About Books, and books by and about Samuel
Johnson are my primary concerns, I haven't ignored collecting
Shakespeare. I have a set or two as well as odd volumes of early
editions of his works. For the most part however, the Shakespeare sets
I covet cost more than a dime a dozen; more than I'm willing to pay in
most cases.

To soothe my soul, I've recently discovered a rather inexpensive bypath
to collecting Shakespeare; I've started collecting books by and about
Shakespeare Societies.

The Shakespeare Society's Papers, Vol. I London, 1844. Printed for the
Shakespeare Society. This book contains articles on Shakespeare and
other literature of the Elizabethan period by J. Payne Collier, J.O.
Halliwell, and other Shakespeare scholars of the time.

Patient Grissil: A Comedy by Thomas Dekker, Henry Chettle and William
Haughton. London,1841. Reprinted from the Black Letter Edition of 1603
for the Shakespeare Society. here's all the info on the orignal title
page of this work by these three contemporaries of Shakespea THE
PLEASANT COMODIE OF PATIENT GRISSILL .....As it hath been sundrie times
lately plaid by the right honorable the Earle of Nottingham (Lord high
Admirall) his servants .......LONDON. Imprinted for Henry Rocket, and
are to be solde at the long Shop under S. Mildreds Church in the
Poultry. 1603. I suspect this is not a true reprint of the title page
of the Black- letter edition; the long ess, "=83" has been replaced by
the median "s."

Romeo and Juliet. Reprint of Q=B0 2 1599. London, . Trubner & Co.1874.
Series II. Published for the New Shakspere Society. Softcover. Here's
the info on the original title page: THE MOST EX =3D
cellent and lamentable Tragedie, of Romeo and Juliet Newly
corrected, augmented, and amended: As it hath bene =83undry times
publiquely acted, by the right Honourable the Lord Chamberlaine his
seruants. London. printed by Thomas Creede, for the Cuthbert Burby,
and are to be=83old at his =83hop neare the Exchange. 1599. I want to
acquire the Transactions of this society, particularly the issues which
contain articles by Furnivall.

Shakspere Society of Philadelphia. Philadelphia,1860, together with
Shakspere Society of Philadelphia 1860-1879, Being a continuation of
Col. Mallory's History, Philadelphia,1898. Asa L. Fish, Garrick
Mallory, Furman Sheppard, and Samuel C Perkins, three lawyers and one
soon-to-be lawyer, were the original members of this society. Their
first meeting was conducted in October, 1852. They called themselves
the Shakspere Apostles and, at first, met every Thursday to read and
discuss Shakespeare. No other members were elected to the society the
first year. In 1853, four more members were elected, followed by a
gradual increase in membership. For a time, however, the Shakspere
Apostles limited the number of members who attended the society's
annual dinner to twelve. Eventually, they chose to refer to each other
as "Shakespeare brothers." Special mention in the society's historical
papers is made of J. Hubley Ashton, the only Baconian ever elected to
the Shakspere Society of Philadlephia.

Journal of the Bacon Society. Also Containing the first Annual Report.
Volume I. London,1886. Quite an elaborate publication, documenting the
inital proceedings of the Bacon Society, and "proof" that Bacon was the
author of the Shakespeare plays and poems. I particularly like the
explanatory note added above the index, which is in the front of the
book: "The Bacon-Shakespeare Controversy is referred to as B.S.."

New Shakespeareana. Vol.IV NO.3 July,1905. Published by the Shakespeare
Press of Westfield, New Jersey for the Shakespeare Society of New York.
Contains the papers read at the Twentieth Annual dinner of the Society
honoring its President, Appleon Morgan.

Heading my way are eight issues of Shakespeariana from 1890 and 1891,
as well as incomplete copies of books of the Shakespeare Society of New
York from as early as 1883. Research showed Shakespeariana to be the
original name of the society's publication, which ceased publication in
the 1890s. New Shakespeareana is the name of the society's publication,
first published in 1902.

...that's all for now folks!

Jerry Morris


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