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A Stolen First Folio

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Durham Folio Evidence

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Folger Shakespeare Library staff used their expertise to help return the Durham Folio to its rightful place at Durham University in England. The book had been stolen in 1998 and is a copy of Shakespeare's First Folio worth an estimated $2.5 million.


Folger staff found six features in the mystery Folio that matched features of the Durham Folio. Click on the pictures to see their evidence.

Matching Dimensions

Both books are the same size.
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Stitches in the Binding

Matching sewing supports.
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Creases and Tears

Matching tears and creases in the pages.
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Goatskin Binding

The Durham Folio had a goatskin binding.
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Handwritten Corrections

"Troilus & Cressida" written in later.
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