Education: Goodbye, Shakespeare

The world's No. 1 rare book dealer and one of its most avid collectors is Philadelphia's Dr. Abraham S. W. Rosenbach. Last week Rosenbach announced that he had sold his famous collection of Shakespeares—73 prized folios and quartos of plays and sonnets, many of them first editions in excellent condition. The buyer: Europe's outstanding collector, Dr. Martin Bodmer, Swiss banker and vice president of the International Red Cross. The price: something over $1,000,000.

No private collector in modern times has ever assembled a Shakespeare library* to compare with Dr. Rosenbach's. Beginning in 1907, when...

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