Description

    First Edition of Shakespeare's Collected Poems

    William Shakespeare. Poems Written by Wil. Shakespeare. Gent. Printed at London by Tho. Cotes, and are to be sold by John Benson, dwelling in St. Dunstans Church-yard, 1640. First edition. Small octavo (5 x 3 inches). 104 leaves, plus engraved portrait frontispiece of the poet by William Marshall after Martin Droeshout. There are two title pages each with printer's woodcut device (both in fine facsimile, and with five other facsimile leaves in the text: B8, C3, F4-5, and the final leaf M4). Between these title pages are three short preliminary texts: a "note to the reader" by Benson, and two poems by Leonard Diggens and John Warren. The frontispiece has been restored and tipped in. Repair to leaf L1. Later full calf over boards. Title label to spine with gilt lettering. Some damp-staining to the first dozen leaves. Pages have been aggressively trimmed, cramping the text. Some inked marginalia in an early, neat hand on five pages. Overall, a very good, bright copy.

    Thomas Thorpe first published Shakespeare's sonnets in 1609. They didn't see publication again until 1640. This edition is essentially the second edition of the sonnets, and the first edition of Shakespeare's collected poems. There has been much mention by scholars about the manner in which John Benson arranged, edited, retitled, even omitted some of the sonnets. This Benson edition remained as something of an authority until Edmond Malone's scholarship of the 1770s.

    ESTC S106377. Pforzheimer 880.


    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Books & Catalogs (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    September, 2011
    12th-14th Monday-Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 4,793

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 31 days left to consign to the 2018 May 11 Space Exploration - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    Heritage Auctions and Mr. Chad Reingold were...professional and courteous in all transactions and provided outstanding service in answering my many emails. I recommend them at the highest level.
    Killy M.,
    Melbourne Beach, FL
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2017 December 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    2017 December 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,735,414