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Re: [BKARTS] Four men plead not guilty in theft of rare books



Those books were stolen at gun point. Your cynism is misplaced.

Ton Cremers


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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Book_Arts-L [mailto:BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
> Behalf Of fran sendbuehler
> Sent: 11 March 2005 19:00
> To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: Four men plead not guilty in theft of rare books
>
> I gather that Transylvania University Library doesn't have a
> rare books collection or some sort of special arrangments for
> rare volumes
> - that they go out on loan like any old mass printed copies
> of Michel Foucault's works?
>
> Pardon my cyncism - but people and libraries with rare books
> ought to give them Some sort of protection. i don't have much
> sympathy for the library that complains that its Darwin was
> pinched, but where was Darwin... loose in the stacks?
>
> It's irresponsible for a library to assume the regular
> library user is going to know or care about rare volumes;
> those volumes ought to be offered some sort of special
> housing or the library is doubly irresponsible in thinking
> that ordinary storage and lending conditions, not only the
> risks inherent in the stacks, will be enough to preserve rare
> volumes, illuminated manuscripts and original Audubon  pencil
> sketches.
>
> fran sendbuehler
>
>
> >Four men plead not guilty in theft of rare books
> >
> >Associated Press
> >
> >
> >LEXINGTON, Ky. - Four men have pleaded not guilty to charges
> that they
> >stole rare books from the Transylvania University library.
> >
> >Warren C. Lipka, Spencer W. Reinhard, Charles T. Allen II
> and Eric J.
> >Borsuk entered the pleas Thursday in federal court. The
> Lexington men,
> >all 20, were arrested Feb. 11 and were indicted by a grand
> jury earlier
> >this month. They are charged with robbery, conspiracy and
> theft of major artworks.
> >
> >If convicted, each could face 75 years in prison, a $1.25
> million fine
> >and
> >15 years of supervised release.
> >
> >U.S. District Judge Jennifer Coffman set a May 16 trial date for the
> >men, but attorneys for Lipka and Borsuk said they thought a
> deal with
> >federal prosecutors could be reached before then. Attorneys
> for Allen
> >and Reinhard declined comment.
> >
> >Transylvania is a private school with about 1,100 students.
> Its library
> >contains numerous rare volumes.
> >
> >The men are accused of taking several items from the library on Dec.
> >16, including a first edition of Charles Darwin's book, "The
> Origin of
> >Species by Means of Natural Selection," which was published
> in 1859 and
> >in which he first discussed his theory of evolution.
> >
> >Also taken were a two-volume natural history published in
> the 1500s, a
> >collection of 20 pencil sketches by John James Audubon done in the
> >1850s and an illuminated manuscript written in 1425 and hand
> painted in color.
> >
> >The men traveled to New York two days after the theft,
> according to the
> >federal indictment, and unsuccessfully tried to sell the
> stolen goods
> >to Christie's auction house on Dec. 21.
> >
> >  http://www.kentucky.com
> >
> >
> >
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