Saturday, November 07, 2009

1795 Book Value?

Got a request from a reader how she might go about finding the value of a very old book:

The book is "The Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare" First American Edition Vol. III.


It is printed and sold by Bioren & Madan in MDCCXCV.

It appears it is from a set of 8 books. It is worn with yellowed mottled pages and has some writing in pencil on the inside front & back covers and on some pages. On the title page it has a signature that appears to have been written with a quill pen.

Anybody recognize the description and can offer a background?  Any book collectors got links to the good sites for doing research about such things?

Post details here, and I’ll forward back to the original requestor, if she’s not already listening.

Thanks!

3 comments:

Steve Roth said...

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?kn=Bioren&sts=t&tn=shakespeare&x=0&y=0

Jerry said...

I just saw this post and have some information for you about this set: http://picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/10997730

How much is your individual volume worth? As much as someone is willing to pay for it. But $2900 for one volume is probably too high.

best,
moibibliomaniac

NIAMH said...

I have come into posession of William Shakesphere
"King Richard III" printed in 1923 by Turnbull & Spears

On the inside cover is printed
LONDON J.M DENT & Sons LD
New York E.P Dutton & Co MCMXXIII

Does anyone know if this book is of any value?

Thanks