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Doris, Antiques Appraiser
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I have a set of seven books "The Plays of Shakespear, from

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I have a set of seven books "The Plays of William Shakespear, from the text of Johnson and Steevens. Published by C. and A Conrad & co. Philadelphia; Conrad, Lucas & Co. Baltimore; Sohervell and Conrad, Petersburg; and Bonsal, Conrad, & Co. Norfolk. 1810" the interesting thing about them is throughout the texts are random signatures of a Timothy M. Hopkins (Stanford University?) and a Hannibal Hodges or Houger? and theres a piece of music thats been written in one them. I was told these could be very valuable but to be honest have no idea where to start trying to find out anything about them. Can someone help steer me in the right direction?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.


Your 1810 C. and A. Conrad & Co published set of books on the works of William Shakespeare are originally from a 17 volume set. On today's market, these sell for an average of $10 per book. The provenance, or prior ownership history, being documented by the signatures inside the volumes can add to the sale-ability but not so much to overall value; most personal library books from that era had owner signatures and notes et al inside.

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Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.
I have been an antiques collector, dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.
I will be pleased to help you.

I did extensive research on the signatures in your book. It seems that Hannibel Hodges (1790-1851) and Rev.Mr Timothy Mead Hopkins (1800-1871) were both born in Vermont.

Mr Hodges does not appear to be remarkable; however, Timothy Mead Hopkins (1800-1871) was a famous Abolitionist. His signatures apparently appear in some historical documents.

You probably should try to have to have the Hopkins signature verified.

Signature Authentication:

It may look to be real but authentication must be done in person; ie, with signature in hand.

It is impossible to authenticate from a photo.

This business will authenticate signatures for a fee.

If the Hopkins is the Abolitionist, then your set could be quite valuable.

It would increase the value at least 10 fold to $850-1000.

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A private seller to a dealer or at auction can expect 30-60% of retail value.

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