Stolen 17th century Shakespeare folio recovered

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A "priceless" edition of Shakespeare's works stolen 10 years ago from Durham University has been recovered after a man took the book to a US library.

The First Folio edition, printed in 1623, was among a number of books and manuscripts taken from the Durham University Library in December 1998.

It is believed the Shakespeare book alone would have a market value of at least £15 million.

Durham Police said a 51-year-old man, claiming to be an international businessman who had acquired the volume in Cuba, showed it to staff at a respected Washington library and asked them to verify it was genuine.

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