The Shakespeare Thefts: In Search of the First Folios (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Shakespeare Thefts The first edition of Shakespeare's collected works is one of the most valuable books in the world. In his efforts to catalog all the precious First Folios, renowned Shakespeare scholar Eric Rasmussen embarked on a riveting journey around the globe. Part literary detective story, The Shakespeare Thefts will charm the Bard's many fans.
- Published: 30 October 2012
- Format: Paperback 240 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780230341678 ISBN 10: 0230341675
- Sales rank: 78,546
Full description for The Shakespeare Thefts
Published in 1623, the 750 copies of the first edition of William Shakespeare's collected works, known as the "First Folio," has been sought after relentlessly by kings, earls, and bibliophiles. In his effort to track down the extant 232 copies renowned Shakespeare scholar Eric Rasmussen and his team of First Folio hunters embarked on an incredible adventure around the world. This fast-paced narrative takes us from the court rooms of England to high-security vaults in the rare book rooms of Japan, encountering thieves, reclusive librarians, and eccentric billionaires along the way, all lusting for one of the world's most valuable books. This fascinating account explores how manuscript hunters identify a book's past through distinguishing marks: a bullet hole, desecrated pages, and splashes of red that resemble blood; and how a book's location and condition can reveal its story. Part literary detective story, part Shakespearean lore, "The Shakespeare Thefts" is a rare glimpse between the covers of one of the most coveted books in the world.