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UCLA's Clark Library to receive Shakespeare collection

October 12, 2009 |  1:31 pm


A trove of volumes related to William Shakespeare and dating as far back as the 15th century is headed for a new home at UCLA.

The collection, which will be stored at the university's Clark Library in the West Adams district, features 72 books related to Shakespeare, includes a 1685 fourth folio of his works.

It also includes two histories that Shakespeare is said to have used as the basis of his plays, a second edition of the King James translation of the Bible published in 1613 and a 1603 book by French essayist Montaigne.

The books, which were published between 1479 and 1731, belonged to a collection by Paul Chrzanowski,  a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Northern California. The volumes are worth an estimated $2 million.

Read the full story at the Jacket Copy blog.

-- David Ng

Photo: a portrait believed to depict William Shakespeare. Credit: Associated Press