“We are the Mount Everest for Shakespeare,” says Michael Witmore, director of Washington’s Folger Shakespeare Library, of its extensive holdings. Here, he shares the library’s bizarre and rare Shakespearean finds. — Kris Coronado
One of the most unusual holdings in the Folger Shakespeare Library (201 East Capitol St. SE, 202-544-4600, www.folger.edu) is this 1577-83 grimoire (a collection of magical recipes or spells, according to library director Michael Witmore). It was a rarity even in its day. “We’ve got Latin, we’ve got some Hebrew, there’s English. That’s a very small fraction of the literate public,” Witmore says. Benjamin C. Tankersley/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST
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