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Printed in 1606 by Valentine Sims of London, the little 12mo volume shown here sold for £2800 in Toovey’s sale of October 3.

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Showing some occasional insect damage but known only from a copy in the Cambridge University library, according to the cataloguer, it was valued at £100-150 in a Toovey’s (24.5% buyer’s premium) sale of October 3 but sold instead for £2800.

Sims, or Simmes, was reckoned a fine printer and is perhaps best remembered for a series of eight quarto editions of the works of Shakespeare that he printed in the years 1597-1604.