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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 111-112. 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.


To buy, or not to buy, that is the question!!! ;-)


The picture/title page of William Shakespeare in the above picture gallery

does not form part of this offer. It is used for reference purposes only.

1632 Shakespeare Leaf #3 - Tymon of Athens - Wealth maketh many friends...

  • Some Bible leaves are hard to look at and others look as new as the day they left the press. The condition of a particular Bible  leaf reflects its history and is not an indication of its true value. Perfect leaves are ones that have seen little or no use over the centuries in contrast to those that are scarred by the ravages of time. Unblemished leaves are unloved leaves because they have had little contact with sinners. Imperfect leaves tell a story, some are torn and ripped and warn away by excessive use while other's have burns or worm holes and still others are water stained by flood and sometimes even tears. Each ugly mark or stain is in fact a beautiful witness to the Word of God, which “… liveth and abideth forever.” The basis for pricing our Biblical leaves and other artefacts is based on: 1) the age 2) the rarity of the object 3) the popularity of the text and finally 4) the condition. All printed and manuscript leaves are sold as is. We offer a 30 day refund upon return of the leaf/object in the same pre-sale condition. Buyer pays for retrun shipping. All objects and leaves are photographed prior to being shipped.