The University of Iowa has struck gold. Not the kind that lies in the federal reserve, but one of paper in a Sioux Falls man’s basement. After 20 years of collecting, he is donating his one-of-a-kind collection of 17,500 books worth an estimated three quarters of a million dollars.
Seventy-three-year-old Allen Lewis’ love for science fiction and fantasy began at the age of 12.
Lewis said, “Fantasy and science fiction writers explore certain problems or areas within our society today and then expand them and put them in another location.”
But it wasn’t until the late 90’s that he began what turned into more than 17,000 books that takes him to another world. Most are hard bound, first editions, first printings.
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