SPRINGFIELD — A box of books donated for sale in southwest Missouri contained some unexpected treasures from the 1700s.
The box donated two weeks ago in Springfield contained an eight-volume collection of Shakespeare's works printed in 1773, along with a book of Shakespeare's poetry printed in 1774.
The Springfield-Greene County Library District will donate the books to Missouri State University for its rare book collection.
The Springfield News-Leader reported that the library district says only five other libraries have Lewis Theobald's collection. Those books are worth an estimated $1,500 to $2,000. The poetry book is worth between $700 to $1,700.
Missouri State English professor James Baumlin said the books could be invaluable to researchers.