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This BIBLICAL ARCHIVES offer is of ONE original leaf recovered from a 1632 second folio edition of William Shakespeare's collected plays - The Life of Tymon of Athens - pages 107-108. All original leaves comes with a Certificate of Historicity. Measurements: approx. 13 1/4" x 8 1/2". Location: 5.7b
Although this play, Tymon (pronounced like Simon) of Athens for a while was considered by some to be one of Shakespeare's least plays it was mainly so because of a 19th century held prejudice that this work was co-authored with another person. That view is mostly out of fashion today. Additionally, when one takes the play seriously and dives deep into the plot one can hear Shakespeare loud and clear. And once again like most, if not all, of Shakespeare's plays he has overlaid his story on top of the Bible which also resounds loud and clear.
In July 2006 a 1623 first folio edition of William Shakespeare's collected plays sold in London for over $5,000,000.00. I was in the salesroom for the occasion. Prior to the sale I personally examined this magnificent volume. It was the only time I have ever had the opportunity to hold a first folio edition of Shakespeare in my hands. I had seen copies in the past under glass but its just not the same as feeling and smelling it for one's self. I could not pass up the opportunity to tell my grandchildren someday that I was there when this fantastic volume sold at auction. In December 2019 a copy of the 1632 second folio edition sold in London for more than $120,000.00.
Both prices far exceeds the average person's financial ability to personally own one of history's greatest tomes of English literature. But if you would like to connect with the Bard of Avon in some tangible way then this offer is an affordable opportunity to do just that. It is also a real investment opportunity for the future.
The 1632 second folio edition of Shakespeare's Plays is basically a reprint of the first folio. No substantive changes occur in it, suggesting that most of the emendations were probably made in the printing house and seen as corrections of errors made during the first 1623 printing (e.g. faulty lineation, punctuation, spelling, and the like). About 1,000 copies of the second 1632 folio were printed, of which fewer than 200 are known to exist today.
It should be noted as indicated by the contemporary markings that this leaf was a working copy (used by actors?) and not one that that had been consigned to collect dust on a forgotten shelf.
The leaves in our Archives are individually priced based upon the text and condition of the leaf but even the most expensive leaves are affordable. The question is how much do you really love William Shakespeare? Read Proverbs 19 after you have read Tymons and you will hear the Bible speaking loud and clear.
[1] Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool. [2] Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth. [3] The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD. [4] Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour. [5] A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape. [6] Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts. [7] All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him. [8] He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good. [9] A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish. [10] Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes. [11] The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression. [12] The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass. [13] A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping. [14] House and riches are the inheritance of fathers and a prudent wife is from the LORD. [15] Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger. [16] He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die. [17] He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again. [18] Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying. [19] A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again. [20] Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. [21] There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand. [22] The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar. [23] The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil. [24] A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again. [25] Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge. [26] He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach. [27] Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge. [28] An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity. [29] Jud