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  • Percy Folio English Ballads to make $15,000 at PBA Galleries?
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    Paul Fraser
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Percy Folio English Ballads to make $15,000 at PBA Galleries?

A rare copy of The Percy Folio of Old English Ballads and Romances is valued at $10,000-15,000 ahead of a sale at PBA Galleries on July 17.

The book was printed by the De La More Press circa 1905-1910 and features a wealth of English folk songs from throughout the ages.

It's one of only a handful of copies to be printed on vellum.

Bishop Thomas Percy, a collector of folk songs, discovered the original manuscript at a stately home in Shropshire in the 1700s.

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Thomas Percy discovered a manuscript containing a number of English folk songs during the 18th century

The compiler is unknown although the work is thought to have been put together in the 17th century, with some of the source materials dating back as far as the 1100s.

Also featuring is a rare first edition copy of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, which is valued at $7,000-10,000.

The book was Sendak's second and was released to little fanfare, but went on to become a worldwide publishing phenomenon. To date it has sold over 19m copies and been adapted into a film.

On July 17, a painting created by Sendak for a production of Prokofiev's opera For the Love of Three Oranges will cross the block at Hake's.

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  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
  • BalladsEnglishFolioPercy