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Re: Copernicus sun-theory book stolen (Daily Telegraph)

> Date:          Sat, 15 Aug 1998 11:15:00 -0400 (EDT)
> From:          Owen Gingerich <ginger@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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> Subject:       Re: Copernicus sun-theory book stolen (Daily Telegraph)

> > Copernicus sun-theory book stolen (Daily Telegraph)
> >
> >
> > A RARE book by the Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus published
> > in 1543 has been stolen from a library in Ukraine.
> > Alexei Onishenko, director of the National Vernadsky Library in Kiev,
> > said there were only eight or 10 known copies of On the Revolutions of
> > the Heavenly Spheres.
> > Copernicus defied Christian doctrine in the book by proposing that
> > the sun, rather than the earth, was the centre of the universe. Mr
> > Onishenko said: "A reader took the book out to read on Wednesday, said
> > he was going out for a smoke and just disappeared with it."
>  This is a very tempting title to steal because copies go for at
> least $200,000 these days.  It is also a very dangerous title to
> steal because I have detailed descriptions of 260 copies of the
> first edition and 300 copies of the second.  Two copies of the
> second edition that have recently come on the market turned out to
> be stolen (from Brno, Czech Republic, and St. Petersburg, Russia)
> and are in the process of being returned.     OWEN GINGERICH


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