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Flashy book dealer in limo for Shakespeare trial

AP – “A flashy British book dealer accused of stealing a rare first edition of Shakespeare’s plays appeared for trial Wednesday in a silver limousine, sporting a Panama hat and flashing victory signs at reporters.”

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Book thief had “shopping list” of rarities, court told

Reuters – “A Cambridge graduate drew up a “thief’s shopping list” before stealing antique books worth 40,000 pounds from a world-famous library, a court heard on Tuesday.”

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Man accused of stealing $1M in rare books says they were left to rot

New York Post – “It was trash not treasure. The home-electronics installer accused of pilfering $1 million worth of rare books from a Fifth Avenue mansion owned by the widow of a Vanderbilt heir claimed the precious tomes has been left to rot in the basement. Timothy Smith, 41, faces a felony grand larceny charge for the alleged theft from the late Carter Burden’s extensive collection of 20th century American literature, including first-edition copies by Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald.”

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Washington National Cathedral ponders sale of rare books

Washington Post – “[N]ews came this week that the cathedral, visited by every U.S. president since Theodore Roosevelt laid its foundation stone in 1907, was considering selling off part of its rare books collection, probably worth millions. Cathedral officials said the potential sale of the books is a separate matter from its ongoing budget difficulties. But they acknowledge that they no longer have the staff and resources to care for such a vast collection, which includes volumes donated by Queen Elizabeth II and Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie and a Dutch Bible that was the first written in modern language.”

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