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In 1890 Siegmund ldesheimer & Co. published sets of scenes

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In 1890 Siegmund Hildesheimer & Co. published sets of scenes from Shakespeare sold in envelopes of 12 scenes. Chromolithography was the printing process used. The Shakespeare scenes were die-cut and put through a stamping press and coated with a gelatin and gum layer, giving them a glossy and colorful appearance. The only known complete set is found in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, according to the British Library curator with whom I spoke. Unfortunately, I must find their value as I'd like to sell and the British Library is interested in purchasing, as is the Folger Library in Washington, DC. I need an idea of their worth. They are in beautiful and well-preserved condition.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.


Based on comparables of sales of other Victorian prints by Siegmund Hildesheimer & Co, the value of the die cut and treated prints would each be in the range of $30 - $50 per print. In a set of 12, the total value is $360 - $600, given that this may be 2nd known complete set, the value should double to $700 - $1200.

I do encourage and highly recommend you contact some various auction houses to also find out their opinions of estimate. It is free to contact them and you are not obligated to sell through any of them. In this case, the best are would be rare and antique book auctions, as this is in their wheelhouse.

Bauman's Rare Books in Manhattan -

PBA Rare Book Auctions in San Francisco:

Swann’s Auction Galleries:

Bloomsbury London:

Heritage Auctions:

Australian Book Auctions:

Dominic Winter Auctions:

Bonham’s Book and Manuscripts Dept:


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