Rare Copy of Shakespeare's Second Folio May Fetch $500,000

"Take choice of all my library,” wrote William Shakespeare in his play, Titus Andronicus. The quote graces a red, African marble mantle in the library of Manhattan’s Players Club, a social club for actors founded in 1888 by Edwin Booth in New York City. Booth surely did not realize how literally those chiseled words would be taken one day – his copy of Shakespeare’s second folio, the crown jewel of a 2,000-volume book collection he bequeathed to the club, has been consigned to a 19 June auction at Sotheby’s New York. Richard Austin, head of books and manuscripts at Sotheby’s says what makes this volume so special is the association.



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