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STOLEN: De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium

If I remember correctly, this is the third copy of the same book stolen within
a year!

Ton Cremers

A Book By Copernicus Stolen From Saint Petersburg Library

SAINT PETERSBURG, Feb 4, 2000 -- (Agence France Presse) A rare copy of
Nicholas Copernicus' 1543 revolutionary treatise "De Revolutionibus
Orbium Coelestium" has been stolen from the Russian Science Academy's
library in Saint Petersburg, library officials announced Thursday.

The copy -- one of around 100 original editions in the world -- was
found to have disappeared after library directors ordered a search,
prompted by news that a copy had just been offered for sale in the
United States.

A further 23 books dating from the 16th and 17th centuries were also
found to be missing, library director Valery Leonov told the Segdonya

Leonov added that only library employees had access to the vaults
where rare books are kept. He said that Copernicus' cosmological text,
which helped change the entire scientific vision of the universe, was
last checked by library staff in November 1998.

In December a Polish court ordered an auction of the same text by
Christie's, New York, to be halted on suspicion that the edition had
been stolen from Krakow. ((c) 2000 Agence France Presse)


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