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The Shakespeare thefts : in search of the first folios, Eric Rasmussen

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The Shakespeare thefts : in search of the first folios
Title
The Shakespeare thefts
Title remainder
in search of the first folios
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Eric Rasmussen
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Language
eng
Summary
"The first edition of Shakespeare's collected works, the First Folio, published in 1623, is one of the most valuable books in the world and has historically proven to be an attractive target for thieves. Of the 160 First Folios listed in a census of 1902, 14 were subsequently stolen-and only two of these were ever recovered. In his efforts to catalog all these precious First Folios, renowned Shakespeare scholar Eric Rasmussen embarked on a riveting journey around the globe, involving run-ins with heavily tattooed criminal street gangs in Tokyo, bizarre visits with eccentric, reclusive billionaires, and intense battles of wills with secretive librarians. He explores the intrigue surrounding the Earl of Pembroke, arguably Shakespeare's boyfriend, to whom the First Folio is dedicated and whose personal copy is still missing. He investigates the uncanny sequence of events in which a wealthy East Coast couple drowned in a boating accident and the next week their First Folio appeared for sale in Kansas. We hear about Folios that were censored, the pages ripped out of them, about a volume that was marked in red paint-or is it blood?-on every page; and of yet another that has a bullet lodged in its pages. Part literary detective story, part Shakespearean lore, The Shakespeare Thefts will charm the Bard's many fans"--
Summary
"The first edition of Shakespeare's collected works, the First Folio, published in 1623, is one of the most valuable books in the world and has historically proven to be an attractive target for thieves. Of the 160 First Folios listed in a census of 1902, 14 were subsequently stolen-and only two of these were ever recovered. In his efforts to catalog all these precious First Folios, renowned Shakespeare scholar Eric Rasmussen embarked on a riveting journey around the globe, involving run-ins with heavilytattooed criminal street gangs in Tokyo, bizarre visits with eccentric, reclusive billionaires, and intense battles of wills with secretive librarians. He explores the intrigue surrounding the Earl of Pembroke, arguably Shakespeare's boyfriend, to whom the First Folio is dedicated and whose personal copy is still missing. He investigates the uncanny sequence of events in which a wealthy East Coast couple drowned in a boating accident and the next week their First Folio appeared for sale in Kansas. We hear about Folios that were censored, the pages ripped out of them, about a volume that was marked in red paint-or is it blood?-on every page; and of yet another that has a bullet lodged in its pages. Part literary detective story, part Shakespearean lore, The Shakespeare Thefts will charm the Bard's many fans"--
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10035456
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DLC
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1960-
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Rasmussen, Eric
Dewey number
822.33
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Shakespeare, William
  • Book thefts
  • Rare books
  • Book collecting
  • Thieves
Target audience
adult
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in search of the first folios
Label
The Shakespeare thefts : in search of the first folios, Eric Rasmussen
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
ocn706021013
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xv, 212 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780230109414
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2011028287
Other physical details
facsims., ports.
System control number
(OCoLC)706021013
Label
The Shakespeare thefts : in search of the first folios, Eric Rasmussen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
ocn706021013
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xv, 212 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780230109414
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2011028287
Other physical details
facsims., ports.
System control number
(OCoLC)706021013

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