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21Country: The little Shakespeare library

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Fort Wayne, Ind. (WPTA21) - "This unique piece, literally walked in the door."

The Allen County Public Library's Special Collections Director Curt Witcher showcased one of their more curious items: the little Shakespeare library.

There are several factors that make the mini-collection interesting, and valuable.

It's over 110-years old, and a complete set of all of Shakespeare's works.

With the rotating scale shelf, the collection was appraised at $10,000.

The library got it for free.

"A local resident found this among the small books and knick-knacks as he was cleaning out his house," Witcher told us, "Didn't think it was much more than a general curiosity."

Miniature books aren't exactly rare, but they're not very common either.

"Miniature books have been around for many, many centuries," he explained, "some people will even make a comparison to the old cuneiform that were done in the B.C. time."

Despite the high appraisal, Witcher believes its worth lies in its uniqueness.

"It's perfectly okay if people want to call it rare and valuable," he said, "but we like to stay away from calling them valuable. They are to us, valuable. They're certainly valuable to the community. These are wonderful treasures."

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Daniel Beals

Daniel Beals is the producer of the ABC21 feature franchise “21Country”. He is constantly on the lookout for ideas that capture the “people, places, things, and history” that makes Northeast Indiana unique. Feel free to reach out:

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