Books, Manuscripts and Maps

Private Press and Limited Edtions

Shakespeare (William) The Poems, edited by F.S. Ellis, limited to 510 copies, of which this is one of 10 printed on vellum, 1893.
Sold for £24,800; $38,200; €28,800

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