William Shakespeare folio worth £15m recovered 10 years after being stolen

The Times has an interesting story about stolen library books.

An edition of Shakespeare’s first folio stolen 10 years ago has been recovered after a British man took it into an American library to have it valued.

The folio, printed in 1623 and valued at up to £15million, was among a number of valuable books and manuscripts taken from the Durham University Library in December 1998.

A 51-year-old man, claiming to be an international businessman who had acquired the volume in Cuba, showed it to staff at a library in Washington DC and asked them to verify it was genuine. He agreed to leave it with staff at the Folger Shakespeare Library whose research revealed it to have been stolen.

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