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Louisiana-Lafayette acquires rare book

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Posted: Jan 20, 2014 11:04 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: louisiana-lafayette, rare book, twelve years a slave, solomon northup

LAFAYETTE - The University of Louisiana-Lafayette has acquired a rare, first-edition copy of "Twelve Years a Slave" by Solomon Northup.

The Advertiser reports the book, published in 1853, is housed in the Edith Garland Dupré Library's Special Collections.

The book's value has increased substantially because of the recent success of "12 Years a Slave," a movie based on the memoir Northup wrote.

The film has received nine Academy Award nominations and recently won a Golden Globe Award in the best motion picture/drama category.

Bruce Turner, assistant dean of special collections, says the university's copy of the book is valued at $5,000-$10,000.

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