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Stolen Shakespeare edition found in Washington

Latest update : 2008-07-16

The FBI has found a first folio edition of a William Shakespeare book, stolen 10 years ago, in Washington D.C. The 1623 book had been stolen from Durham University, England. A suspect was arrested in Britain.

A first folio edition of a William Shakespeare book from 1623 that was stolen from a British university 10 years ago was found in Washington and a suspect was arrested in Britain, the FBI said Monday.

The book was found by the US capital's Folger Shakespeare Library, which received the publication in June from an old books enthusiast who wanted it authenticated, the FBI said in a statement.

Several British and US experts have certified the authencity of the tome, which the FBI described as "a first folio edition of a collection of works by William Shakespeare, published in 1623."

"An international investigation was launched with the Washington Field Office working together with the Durham Constabulary in England to determine the identity and location of the person who requested that the book be examined," it said.

A 51-year-old man was detained and interrogated over the weekend in Britain, the FBI said without providing details on the charges against him.

The folio was among other manuscripts and original editions stolen in December 1998 from Durham University.

Date created : 2008-07-15