A Calendar of The Shakespearean Rarities of Hollingbury Copse, J.O Halliwell Phillips, London 1887.
Halliwell was an avid researcher into the life of William Shakespeare, his desire was to build a library of Shakespearean history and this book was written as part of this quest.
Including drawings and engravings preserved at Hollingbury Copse.
The book was published in 1887, there were just 50 copies published and they were only circulated to a number of people, the note in the book informs the book is for special circulation and gifts only.
This copy is an extra special example as the handwritten note in the front from the author reads; Ernest E Baker,
From his old uncle, The compiler, Brighton, August 1887.
The book gifted to Baker by his uncle was later reproduced by Ernest Baker in 1891 following the death of his uncle.
Following the death of Halliwell he bequeathed his correspondence to the Edinburgh University and instructed that his Shakespearean collection be sold for £10,000 to the Birmingham University, instead it was purchased by a private collector and the rest of his works were left to his dear nephew.
A very rare find here with this book and grand opportunity to own a rare collectors piece.
The book is in very good antique condition and has been very well kept, an attractive blue cloth board binding with gilt lettering, there is some minor age related foxing to the pages especially the end pages and a small selection of handwritten notes within the text, some pages loosening but still in tact.
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