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Date:          Thu, 20 Apr 2000 13:59:30 -0500
From:          Jonathan Sazonoff <saz@kwom.com>
Subject:       Missing Books and Manuscripts

Dear Subscribers,

As many librarians and archivists subscribe to the MSN mailing list (as
well as visit the web-site) I thought a posting concerning missing books
and manuscripts might be in order.  For those interested in this topic,
here is a collection of on-line sources of information.
I would first like to give you an idea what's involved when we talk
about the high end of important, significant and expensive material.
Although these works are not missing, I would like to share a brief list
of the book world's most expensive pieces.

Highest Priced Books and Manuscripts with year of sale:

1994 Leonardo da Vinci Codex    $30,800,000
1999 Book of Hours 1505 Flemish $13,380,000
1983 Gospels of Henry the Lion  $12,000,000
1998 Canterbury Tales           $11,000,000
1987 Gutenberg Bible just under $ 8,000,000
1980 Leonardo da Vinci notebook $ 5,280,000
1998 Burdett Psalter            $ 4,600,000

So with the knowledge that important and pricey rare books and
manuscripts pieces do exist, we can better appreciate the value of web
resources dealing with missing material.  In the hope that dissemination
of this information might bring greater awareness of this topic, here
are some on-line sources of information concerning missing books and
manuscripts.  Hope you find this of interest

Jonathan Sazonoff
Saz Productions, Inc.
http://www.saztv.com

Contributing US Ed.
Museum Security Network
http://www.museum-security.org/saz.html


SOURCES OF INFORMATION - MISSING BOOKS & MANUSCRIPTS


1. LISTINGS ON-LINE

2. RESOURCES

3. THEFTS BY COUNTRY

4. BOOK THIEVES

5. MAPS

6. LOOTED BOOKS

7. MUSEUM SECURITY NETWORK ARCHIVES


MISSING BOOKS & MANUSCRIPTS


1.  LISTINGS ON LINE:

INCIDENTS OF BOOK THEFT
http://museum-security.org/booktheft2.html
ABE ... Please be on the lookout
http://www.abebooks.com/cgi/abe.exe/routera^_pr=3Dtheft^_ph=3D1
ABE Theft page
http://abebooks.com/theft.htm
INTERPOL CD (lists over 850 missing books)
http://www.art-stolen.net


2.  RELATED RESOURCES:

RBMS homepage (a fine place to start)
http://www.princeton.edu/~ferguson/rbms.html
Guidelines for the security (See appendix II. reporting theft)
http://www.ala.org/acrl/guides/raresecu.html
Manuscript Society Index - see theft
http://www.manuscript.org/nltenyri.html


3. THEFTS BY COUNTRY:

Asia (general  notes)
Collections Care in Southeast Asia - (notes some Asian losses)
http://www.ifla.org/IV/ifla65/papers/119-102e.htm
Burma and Beyond: The Luce Collection
http://www.nla.gov.au/nla/staffpaper/agosling1.html

Denmark
Theft of Russian art books
http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byform/mailing-lists/exlibris/1994/02/msg00=
119.html

Ethiopia:
Daily Mail &Guardian: Ethiopian antiquities stolen for collectors
http://www.mg.co.za/mg/news/99jun2/22jun-ethiopia.html

France
Theft Report (Charles V material)
http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byform/mailing-lists/exlibris/1995/01/msg00=
084.html
Stolen rare book by Ptolemy recovered in London
http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byform/mailing-lists/exlibris/1998/06/msg00=
002.html

Germany
Armenia returns stolen books to Germany
http://www1.omnitel.net/arkadija/a50.htm
AYMHM:Articles You May Have Missed--WN Jan 1993 (Quedlinburg
manuscripts)
http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/waac/wn/wn15/wn15-1/wn15-115.html
Epilogue: Books looted during Holocaust might now be in Library of
Congress - 1/7/00
http://detnews.com/2000/religion/0001/07/01080009.htm
Restitutions
http://dig.dhh-3.de/biblio/bremen/sow3/rebooks.htm

Greece
ARCHIMEDES ANCIENT MANUSCRIPT
http://www.omogenia.com/arch.htm

Israel
Stolen Scrolls
http://voice.bloomu.edu/2-8-96/world/wbrief.html

Italy:
Books stolen from the British Institute of Florence
http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byform/mailing-lists/exlibris/1998/09/msg00=
093.html
Libri
http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Mathematicians/Libri.html

Pakistan:
ane.960221.13
http://www.umich.edu/~classics/archives/ane/ane.960221.13

Poland:
Rare books stolen from Polish library
http://community.bouldernews.com/news/worldnation/12abook.html
Rare books stolen from university in Poland
http://www.seattle-pi.com/national/pole13.shtml
Theft & Security -Copernicus
http://www.joslinhall.com/musn15.htm
The Warsaw Voice - News
http://www.warsawvoice.com.pl/v571/NewsInBrief.html

Russia:
Copernicus tempts thieves worldwide
http://www.sunmedia.ca/CNEWSHeyMartha0002/14_book.html
Rare book filched from Russian library
http://gotonet.google.com/search?q=3Dcache:www.canoe.ca/TorontoNews/03_n2.=
html
Russian police recover stolen manuscripts (Russia)
http://www.tibet.ca/wtnarchive/1994/12/17-2_3.html
Russian Thefts
http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byform/mailing-lists/exlibris/1995/01/msg00=
096.html
SPB PRESS #133 - Yakubovsky trial date set for spring
http://www.friends-partners.org/oldfriends/spbweb/sppress/133/yakub.html
SPB PRESS #125 - Librarian shows `stolen' books
http://www.friends-partners.org/oldfriends/spbweb/sppress/125/librar.html
SPB PRESS #123 - More million-dollar books stolen from library
http://www.friends-partners.org/oldfriends/spbweb/sppress/123/more.html


Ukraine:
The Ukrainian Arts Monitor, Volume 1, Issue 17
http://www.ukraine.org/www.ukrainet.lviv.ua/uam/95/117eng.html
Copernicus sun-theory book stolen (Daily Telegraph)
http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byform/mailing-lists/bookarts/1998/08/msg00=
133.html
Re: Copernicus sun-theory book stolen (Daily Telegraph)
http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byform/mailing-lists/exlibris/1998/08/msg00=
079.html


United Kingdom:
BBC News | UK | Bard's work stolen from library
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/uk/newsid_238000/238385.stm
Stolen books in London
http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byform/mailing-lists/exlibris/1999/05/msg00=
085.html
RARE BOOK STOLEN IN ARMAGH 151299 (update 22/12/99)
http://www.ruc.police.uk/press/1999/dec/swift.htm
Tyrone Courier Page 1
http://gotonet.google.com/search?q=3Dcache:www.ulsternet-ni.co.uk/gaz/wk05=
/page1.htm


Recovered:
Antiques Trade Gazette Online - News Page
http://www.atg-online.com/news/news17-2.html

United States:
CA, Stolen book
http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byform/mailing-lists/exlibris/1994/07/msg00=
061.html
CA, Feb 1982 Burglary Case
http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byorg/abbey/an/an06/an06-1/an06-103.html
CA, Two Missing Books: COTTA, 1623. CAIUS, 1544.
http://sul-server-2.stanford.edu/byform/mailing-lists/exlibris/1997/06/msg=
00071.html
CT, Theft of Science books and plates
http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byform/mailing-lists/exlibris/1993/11/msg00=
183.html
CT, Rare Comics Stolen
http://scifi.ign.com/comics/3230.html
DC Missing from View! - Ezra Pound Collection Lost
http://www.artresources.com/departments/hot.sheet/missing.ihtml?n=3D38
MA, BookZen-Theft from Kerouac Collection at U. MASS, Lowell
http://www.bookzen.com/kerouac.theft.html
MA, Rare Zoology Books Stolen
http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/1999/11.11/police.html
MT, Theft Report
http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byform/mailing-lists/exlibris/1992/03/msg00=
012.html
NM Book theft
http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byform/mailing-lists/exlibris/1993/02/msg00=
077.html
NY, Columbia Rare Books & Manuscripts - Missing
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/indiv/rare/missing/
NY, BookWeb: Bookselling This Week: NYC Bookseller Fingers Amateur
Thieves
http://www.bookweb.org/news/btw/199.html
NY, Missing book alert (fwd)
http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byform/mailing-lists/exlibris/1994/10/msg00=
172.html
UT, Stolen Book Alert Salt Lake City
http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byform/mailing-lists/exlibris/1994/10/msg00=
221.html
UT, Beyond All Description - The case of the missing rare Mormon books
http://www.mormonism.com/frmain.htm
WI, Missing from View! - University Suffers Theft of Rare Books
http://www.artresources.com/departments/hot.sheet/missing.ihtml?n=3D36

- US Recovered:

CA, SF Law Library Rare Book Theft & Sentencing
http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byform/mailing-lists/exlibris/1997/06/msg00=
121.html
MA, Man Charged With Theft and Concealment of Four Valuable Books
http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byform/mailing-lists/bookarts/1998/03/msg00=
563.html
MA, Adams theft (recovered)
http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byform/mailing-lists/exlibris/1996/11/msg00=
118.html
MA, Harvard theft
http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byform/mailing-lists/exlibris/1997/04/msg00=
195.html
NY, Rare Items Stolen from Butler Library
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/record/archives/vol20/vol20_iss6/record2006.20.=
html
NY, Columbia Theft - Ashton's day in court
http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byform/mailing-lists/exlibris/1998/03/msg00=
222.html
NY, The News-Times Local News - Woman charged in rare-book theft
http://www.newstimes.com/archive99/mar1199/lcn.htm
PA, Philadelphia Rare Books and Manuscripts: Philly Confidential
http://prbm.com/sting.htm
VA, Bland denied bond; Police, FBI continue map search
http://cavalierdaily.student.virginia.edu/.Archives/1996/January/26/nsblan=
d.asp
VT,  Recovery of Rare Book
http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byform/mailing-lists/exlibris/1994/08/msg00=
121.html

Uzbekistan:
Uthman Quaran
http://www.aapi.co.uk/q-news/248p7.htm

Vatican:
Press Release
http://www.customs.ustreas.gov/hot-new/pressrel/1997/0612-00.htm
Recovery
http://www.princeton.edu/pr/pwb/96/0304-marrow.html


4. BOOK THIEVES

 Book Theft & book thieves
http://natconf.si.edu/Steve%20Huntsberry%20Paper.html
Security Ch42  - several notes on book thieves &  theft
http://www.unesco.org/webworld/ramp/html/r8722e/r8722e16.htm
Stephen Blumberg and His Stolen Books
http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byorg/abbey/an/an15/an15-7/an15-702.html
News--ANL Jun 1994 (notes on book thieves)
http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byorg/abbey/an/an18/an18-2/an18-201.html
Re: Suspect in manuscript theft (note on Danial Spiegelman)
http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byform/mailing-lists/exlibris/1995/12/msg00=
231.html
Indictment of James Gilreath for rare book theft
http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byform/mailing-lists/exlibris/1998/02/msg00=
036.html



5. MAPS

Mr. Bland's Evil Plot to Control the World
http://www.outsidemag.com/magazine/0697/9706bland.html
MAJOR MAP THEFT
http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byform/mailing-lists/exlibris/1996/02/msg00=
281.html
Mercator's World: Feature - Cut and Run
http://www.mercatormag.com/102_manasek.html
Mercator's World: Mercator's Log
http://www.mercatormag.com/302_log.html
Johns Hopkins Gazette: January 2, 1996
http://www.jhu.edu/~gazette/janmar96/jan0296/02thefts.html
stolen maps returned
http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byform/mailing-lists/exlibris/1996/05/msg00=
020.html



6. LOOTED BOOKS

Library looting (general)
Hear it again/Libraries and their ashes
http://www.oneworld.org/index_oc/299/hughesmanguel.html

Afghanistan looting
Dangerous Places: Afghanistan
http://www.abcnews.go.com/sections/world/dp/dp_a3c.html

African looting
Archival materials in Africa
http://www.ifla.org/IV/ifla65/papers/094-102e.htm

Bosnia looting
The Bosnian Manuscript Ingathering Project: Hatred of Memory
http://www.applicom.com/manu/lovrenov.htm

China looting
Library looting
http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~felsing/ala/lee.html
Victorian Naval Brigade to China, 1900-1901
http://users.netconnect.com.au/~ianmac/china.html

Cyprus looting
Plundering the Sacred: Police Recover Artworks Looted from Cyprus's
Churches
http://www.bib-arch.org/bas-archive/cyprus.html

East Timor Looting
East Timor & Tamil Eelam
http://www.tamilnation.org/fourthworld/easttimortamileelam.htm

Hungarian looting
L=E1szl=F3 Mravik
http://www.hungary.com/hungq/no150/053.html

Yemen looting
sufi.html
http://www.aiys.org/webdate/trove.html

World War II
Japanese looting
ICF Press Release Dec 11
http://persweb.direct.ca/bfung/ICF1211.htm

Nuremberg - The Trial of German Major War Criminals (Volume VI)
http://www.nizkor.org/hweb/imt/tgmwc/tgmwc-06/tgmwc-06-54-15.html
Nuremberg -Trials of German Major War Criminals: Volume 7
http://www.nizkor.org/hweb/imt/tgmwc/tgmwc-07/tgmwc-07-64-04.shtml

12/3/98: Judge Abner Mikva -- Holocaust-Era Assets Conference Chairman's
Concluding Remarks
http://www.state.gov/www/policy_remarks/1998/981203_mikva_heac_concl.html
Trove of war propaganda included stolen Jewish works
http://codoh.com/newsdesk/000106.html
Special Reports
http://www.dhh-3.de/biblio/bremen/sow3/llpilot.htm
Special reports
http://www.dhh-3.de/biblio/bremen/sow1/specific.html
Bibliography
http://www.dhh-3.de/biblio/bremen/sow/general.html
Georgia returns German loot
http://www.soros.org/monitor/0035.html
THE TIMES: FOREIGN NEWS:Himmler 'obsessed by witches'
http://www.sunday-times.co.uk/news/pages/tim/2000/01/11/timfgneur02003.htm=
l?999
Germany plundered artistic and scientific treasures, reports say
http://www.business-server.com/newsroom/ntn/health/051997/health12_24465.h=
tml
Study Mission into the Looting of Jewish Assets in France
http://www.france.diplomatie.fr/archives/archives.gb/matteoli/index.html
Rosenthaliana: The return of the Blbliotheca Rosenthaliana but not
without damage
http://www.uba.uva.nl/nl/publicaties/treasures/text/t52.html
Poland: Germany Seeks Cultural Treasures
http://www.rferl.org/nca/features/1998/04/F.RU.980410132038.html
Russian Loot
http://www.libfl.ru/koi/rare/images/esteras/start.html
Social History and Russia no 5
http://www.iisg.nl/rus5uk.html



7. MUSEUM SECURITY NETWORK ARCHIVES  (password required)
Notes on book and manuscript theft & recovery

1999 ----------------------------------------

Rare books stolen from university in Poland
http://museum-security.org/99/098.html
Rare Books and Manuscripts http://museum-security.org/99/094.html#2
Books of the Library of the Counts of Ortenburg (Bavaria) sold
http://museum-security.org/99/094.html#12
Investigation theft of antique books from Jagiellonian Library
http://museum-security.org/99/081.html#1
Thieves steal medieval Koran http://museum-security.org/99/060.html#2
Stolen books http://museum-security.org/99/016.html#7

Recoveries & Trials - 1999
Ichabod's owner charged in book thefts
http://museum-security.org/99/112.html#5
Rare Ptolemy Book Found in Germany
http://museum-security.org/99/087.html#5
Spiegelman arrested again http://museum-security.org/99/083.html#3
Rare historic book recovered from Canada trash can
http://museum-security.org/reports/003499.html#2


1998-----------------------------------------

UKPounds:1m Shakespeare folio stolen in university raid
http://museum-security.org/reports/08198.html#4
Rare Copernicus book stolen from Polish library
http://museum-security.org/reports/07498.html#1
Books stolen from the British Institute of Florence
http://museum-security.org/reports/05698.html#17
Copernicus sun-theory book stolen (Daily Telegraph)
http://museum-security.org/reports/05098.html#1
Diebstahl in der Nationalbibliothek
http://museum-security.org/reports/03098.html
Stolen manuscripts http://museum-security.org/reports/02398.html
MAP THEFT INFO http://museum-security.org/reports/01898.html
Stolen materials (book) http://museum-security.org/reports/01598.html

Recoveries & Trials - 1998
Library vandal pleads to ripping blank pages from
bookhttp://museum-security.org/reports/06298.html#10
Stolen rare book by Ptolemy recovered in London
http://museum-security.org/reports/03398.html
United States v. Spiegelman
http://museum-security.org/reports/02998.html
Stolen Manuscripts Recovered
http://museum-security.org/reports/02498.html
Man Charged in Theft of Mozart, Wagner Papers
http://museum-security.org/reports/01598.html
Indictment of James Gilreath for rare book theft
http://museum-security.org/reports/01398.html


1997----------------------------------------------------------------------=
---------------------

Missing Fitzgerald books http://museum-security.org/97/20111997.html
=A3500,000 atlas by Ptolemy is stolen in Paris
http://museum-security.org/97/07111997.html
Blind man 'has key to Tsar's secret library'
http://museum-security.org/97/september22.html#6
Book theft at Univ. of Minnesota
http://museum-security.org/97/september4-5.html#3
Cairo Library http://museum-security.org/97/august27.html
book was stolen from a
bookstore:http://museum-security.org/97/artcrime5.html#5
Rare book disappears from Oxford college Feb 26, 1997

Recoveries & Trials - 1997
Book thief could learn something from heist
http://museum-security.org/97/27121997.html
Blumberg arrested (book thief)
http://museum-security.org/97/17121997.html
Library thief Gilbert Bland http://museum-security.org/97/17111997.html
Jury indicts historical-documents dealer again
http://museum-security.org/97/august21.html
Officials Applaud Return Of Medieval Folios
http://museum-security.org/97/august12.html#4
Dutch customs find rare atlases
http://museum-security.org/97/july28.html#8
U.S. to return stolen manuscripts
http://museum-security.org/97/july24.html
FBI finds two more books stolen from Adams library
http://museum-security.org/97/artcrime7.html#8

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