The nearly 400-year-old book is one of 19 copies of the 1611 printing of known to exist, and is the only one remaining in private hands. It was owned by Mary Hyde, Viscountess Eccles, a reknowned New Jersey book collector and English literature scholar best known for her extensive Samuel Johnson collection, now at the Houghton Library at Harvard University. While other rare finds from Lady Eccles’ collection are also being auctioned Wednesday, early editions of “King Lear,” “Richard II” and “Macbeth” among them, the “Hamlet,” because of its condition and rarity, is expected to attract the most attention. Christie’s has estimated its worth between $1.5 and $2 million.
How about we pool our cash together and see what we can come up with?