$2,500,000 in rare books acquired for Folger Library. Washington, D.C., May 14. The Folger Shakespeare Library, here, will soon place on it's shelves 9,000 volumes, onced valued at $2,500,000 and containing 787 books by early English authors, only one copy of each of which is known to exist. The 9,000 books were printed in England up to the end of 1640, roughly from the reign of Henry the 8th to the Cromwell Revolt, a period preceding and following Shakespeare. They deal largely with historical and religious subjects. The books were purchased from Lady Harmsworth, widow of the collector by President Stanley King, of Amherst College, the trustees of which administer the Folger Library. Dr. Giles E. Dawson, reference librarian is checking over some of the columes, 51438
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