This edition is luxurious, in 900 pages 32 x 21 cm. Technically, it is a folio in which the sheets are assembled with a single fold without being cut again. This edition, the most prestigious from all English literature, is designated as the First Folio.
In 1632, the rights of the first group of investors had been transferred to booksellers who prepare the Second Folio.
In its size, the Second Folio is similar as the First Folio. Many corrections are made, which sometimes generate small errors. Shakespeare's epitaph by Milton is added. The investors receive from the printer a number of books in proportion to their share. Their name which is printed under the Droeshout figure enables to assess whether a book is a first issue of the Second Folio.
A copy of the Second Folio with the imprint of Robert Allot, the major shareholder of this operation, was discussed previously in this column. It was listed for sale by PBA Galleries on February 8, 2010. Some stains and repairs were described in the catalog.
On February 14 in Pasadena, PBA Galleries sells another copy, with the rarer imprint of the bookseller William Aspley. This book in a handsome condition is estimated $ 200K, lot 99.
SOLD for $ 178K including premium