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By Eric Rasmussen
The 1st variation of Shakespeare's accumulated works, the 1st Folio, released in 1623, is likely one of the Most worthy books on this planet and has traditionally confirmed to be an enticing objective for thieves. Of the a hundred and sixty First Folios indexed in a census of 1902, 14 have been therefore stolen-and in simple terms of those have been ever recovered. In his efforts to catalog these kinds of worthwhile First Folios, popular Shakespeare pupil Eric Rasmussen launched into a riveting trip worldwide, concerning run-ins with seriously tattooed felony road gangs in Tokyo, extraordinary visits with eccentric, reclusive billionaires, and excessive battles of wills with secretive librarians. He explores the intrigue surrounding the Earl of Pembroke, arguably Shakespeare's boyfriend, to whom the 1st Folio is devoted and whose own reproduction remains to be lacking. He investigates the uncanny series of occasions during which a filthy rich East Coast couple drowned in a boating twist of fate and the subsequent week their First Folio seemed on the market in Kansas. We pay attention approximately Folios that have been censored, the pages ripped out of them, a couple of quantity that used to be marked in pink paint-or is it blood?-on each web page; and of one more that has a bullet lodged in its pages. half literary detective tale, half Shakespearean lore, The Shakespeare Thefts will attraction the Bard's many enthusiasts.
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The Shakespeare Thefts: In Search of the First Folios by Eric Rasmussen