UK man denies charge of stealing Shakespeare book

** File ** In this undated image made available by the University of Durham, Friday July 11, 2008, the frontispiece of a "priceless" edition of Shakespeare's works stolen ten years ago is seen, which was recovered after a man took the book into a US library and asked to have it authenticated. The first folio edition, printed in 1623, was among a number of books and manuscripts taken from the Durham University Library in December 1998. The curious case of a stolen First Folio of Shakespeare's plays took a new twist Thursday when police in Durham, northeast England, re-arrested the prime suspect for more questioning. suspect for more questioning. (AP Photo/University of Durham, HO, File)

February 26, 2010 7:45:41 AM PST
A British antiques dealer has pleaded not guilty to stealing a rare first edition of the works of William Shakespeare.

Raymond Scott appeared Friday in a court in Newcastle in northeastern England. He is charged with theft, handling stolen goods and removing criminal property. His trial was set for June.

The 53-year-old Scott is accused of taking the rare volume from Durham University in 1998. His arrest came after a man took the edition to the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, claiming he had found it in Cuba.

Scott, who arrived at a previous court hearing in a horse-drawn carriage, appeared Friday in military fatigues and an expensive pair of Tiffany sunglasses.