Books: Rare Books

In San Francisco last month a collection of rare books, valued at $200,000 and owned by John Henry Nash, wealthy California printer, was sold to the University of Oregon for $50,000 to be paid "as and when the university can." But that did not mean that rare-book prices are down, or that collectors are not buying. At Sotheby's in London, the three-day auction of the Mortimer Schiff library brought £22,028. A first edition of Molière's Les Précieuses Ridicules brought the record price of £880. For an undisclosed sum, the Folger Shakespeare Library in...

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