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Italy police recover stolen manuscript after 30 years

Please find below a link to an article, first published on BBC News Online on 28 October 2016 about the reappearance of a 15th century manuscript in Italy that has been missing for over 30 years. It is only one of 145 volumes stolen from the Passerini Landi library during repairs in 1985. Seventy-two have been recovered so far, but none have been found for years. Link to the BBC article 

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Books stolen from the National Library of Sweden between the years 1995 - 2004


Status 23 May 2017: UPDATED LIST!

ILAB has received an updated list of the books stolen in Sweden - Please pay attention to this update! See PDF below!

 

Swedes Find Stolen Atlas in New York


"He was entrusted to guard Sweden’s cultural heritage, but instead this senior librarian spent years surreptitiously stealing and selling scores of its rare and precious books. When the thief, Anders Burius, was finally caught in 2004, the media called him the “Royal Library Man,” and his sensational crime and subsequent suicide became the subjects of a government inquiry, a radio documentary and, last year, a television mini-series. Now, for the first time, one of the missing books — the earliest printed atlas of the Americas — has been recovered by Sweden’s Royal Library after a librarian there noticed that it was being offered for sale …” Read the whole article by Patricia Cohen in The New York Times

>>> Swedes Find Stolen Atlas in New York. By Patricia Cohen

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US Returns To Sweden Millions in Antique Books Stolen by Suicidal Librarian


In the 1990s rare and valuable 17th century books were stolen from the National Library of Sweden. Now some of them have been returned to Sweden with the help of two American antiquarian booksellers. The official repatriation ceremony took place in Manhattan, New York.

"The antiques had been stolen in the 1990s by Anders Burius, a senior librarian who pilfered at least 56 books from the library, according to court documents. During the ceremony, which was attended by Sweden's national librarian, Gunilla Herdenberg, deputy US attorney Richard Zabel expressed his pride in assisting in the return of the books, noting that "in many ways, the library contains the cultural memory of Sweden. The theft of piece of a nation's memory and heritage creates holes in its intellectual soul."

>>> Read the whole story in The Art Newspaper

Picture: Kungbib, via Wikimedia Commons

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Warehouse Theft London Januray 2017

Books of  significant value were stolen from a West London warehouse on the night of 29th January while in transit for the California Book Fair. A full police investigation is underway!

For a complete list of all stolen books, please view the PDF below!

For more details of individual copies, please contact the dealers directly, contact details to be found in the list of stolen books. 

If anyone offers you any of these titles, please contact the Police SCD6-ArtandAntiquesUnit@met.police.uk and quote crime reference number 0502127/17

ABA Secretary Camilla Szymanowska on +44 (0) 20 7421 4681 secretary@aba.org.uk 

or ABA Security Chair Brian Lake on +44 (0) 20 7631 4220 brian@jarndyce.co.uk  immediately!

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List of Books Lost in Transit

A collection of early printed books has been lost by the shipping company on its way from Belgium to Barcelona.

Please have a look at the pdf file below or contact the ILAB Security Chair Gonzalo Fernandez Pontes  (info@pontesmaps.com) for further information.

Kind regards
Gonzalo Fernandez Pontes, ILAB Security Chair

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Missing - Private Collection of Valuable Financial Books and Documents

A private collection of valuable, specialist financial books and documents has gone missing from a storage unit in England.  The loss was discovered by Melanie Ireland and Alexander Jones on 3 October 2013: the last time the entire collection was seen together was 5 August 2013. The police crime reference number is 4713 0080 245.

Should any of these books surface, or have perhaps already been noted as sold, please contact Melanie Ireland so that this may be referred to the police for their continued investigation.

Click below to see the list of missing books.

Reported by the ABA.

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Hebrew Books Stolen from Lincoln College Library, Oxford

Please find below a list of 23 Hebrew books stolen from Lincoln College Library, Oxford (UK). The theft was investigated by the authorities in 1990, the list compiled by Rahel Fronda, Hebrew Antiquarian Cataloguer, in September 2014, has been circulated to Interpol and the Art Loss Register.

If there is any information about these items, please contact the ILAB Security Chair or Prof. Henry Woudhuysen.
 
1. R. ELIJAH MIZRACHI.  Sēfer Ham-mispār. (the book of Arithmetic).
Constantinople, 1534
L.11.47
Missing 15/02/1990
Bodleian notes: Cowley, p. 183, ca. 1532, Opp. 4o 634(2)
Not on Aleph
 
2. LITURGY, Jewish. Mahzōr. THIRTEEN PRINCIPLES - order of prayer, following the Mahzor of Rome. Composed by R. Moses Maimonides.
Paris, 1569
L.11.45.c.
Missing 15/02/1990, (removed from binding)
Bodleian notes: Cowley, p. 481, Byw. Q.2.22
Aleph system no. 014411944
 
3. ZOHAR. Zōhar Hàdásh. (New Zohar).
Cracow, 1637
L.11.44.a.
Missing 15/02/1990
Notes: not in the Bodleian Library?
Not on Aleph
Perhaps it is ?Cracow, 1603 edition at the Bodleian. Opp. 4° 774(1,2)
 
4. MIDRASH. Midrash on Songs of Songs and Lamentations from the Zōhar, revised by R. Moses Mordechai ben Samuel Margoliuth.
Cracow, 1683
L.11.44.b.
Missing 15/02/1990
Notes: not in the Bodleian Library
Not on Aleph
An unknown edition; perhaps some of the information is inaccurate
 
5. JEHUDAH CALAZ. Sēfer Ham-mūsār. (Book of Ethics).
Constantinople, 1537
L.11.39.a
Missing 15/02/1990
Bodleian notes: Cowley, p. 362, 1536, Opp. 4o 957
Not on Aleph
 
6. R. SOLOMON B. GABIROL. (ascribed to him). Sēfer Mibhar Hap-penīnīm.
Venice, 1546
L.11.39.b
Missing 15/02/1990
Bodleian notes: Cowley, p. 650, 1546, Opp. 4o 880
Not on Aleph
 
7. JEDAJA HAPPENINI. (En Bonet Abraham). Behīnath, Hā'Ōlām. (Examination of the world treatise on ethics).
Venice, 1546
L.11.39.c
Missing 15/02/1990
Bodleian notes: Cowley, p. 311, 1546, Opp. 4o 880(2)
Not on Aleph
 
8. KALONYMOS ben KALONYMOS. Eben Bōhan. (the touchstone and satire on the author's times).
Venice, 1546
L.11.39.d
Missing 15/02/1990
Bodleian notes: Cowley, p. 311, 1546, Opp. 4o 880(3)
Not on Aleph
 
9. R. ISAAC ABARBANEL. Sēfer Zebah Pesah. (book of the Passover Sacrifice).
Venice, 1545
L.11.39.e
Missing 15/02/1990
Notes: not in the Bodleian Library?
Not on Aleph
Perhaps it is ?Venice, 1545 edition, by Marco Antonio Giustiniano
67 folios, 22 cm.
 
10. R. JOSEPH SOLOMON DELMEDIGO. Sēfer Ēlīm (the book of Ēlīm - on KebBâlen, etc.). (With fine portrait of Joseph del Medico).
Amsterdam, 1629
L.11.36.a.
Missing 11/07/2014 RF
Bodleian notes: Cowley, p. 344, Opp. 4o 839(3); Opp. Add. 4o IV.517(3)
Aleph system no. 015758530
 
11. R. JOSEPH SOLOMON DELMEDIGO. Sēfer Ma'yan Gannīm. (book of the well of Gardens miscellaneous).
Amsterdam, 1629
L.11.36.b.
Missing 11/07/2014 RF
Bodleian notes: Cowley, p. 344, Opp. 4o 839(1); Opp. Add.4o IV.517(1)
Aleph system no. 015758530
 
12. R. JOSEPH SOLOMON DELMEDIGO. Sēfer Ma 'yān Hāthūm. (book of the sealed well).
Amsterdam, 1629
L.11.36.c.
Missing 11/07/2014 RF
Bodleian notes: Cowley, p. 344, Opp. 4o 839(2); Opp. Add.4o IV.517(2)
Aleph system no. 015758530
 
13. LITURGY. Jewish. Haggadah. Sēder Haggādāh shel Pessah, Liber Rituum Paschalium... transl. a Joanne Stephana Rittangelio.
Regiomonti, 1644
L.11.31.d.
Missing 15/02/1990 (Removed from binding)
Bodleian notes: Opp. adds. 4° IV. 538
Aleph system no. 14674653
 
 
14. R. MOSES ALSHEICH. Sēfer 'Ēnē Mōsheh. (book of the eyes of Moses, comm. in Lib. Ruth).
Venice, 1606
L.11.13.a.
Missing 15/02/1990
Bodleian notes: Cowley, p. 461, Opp. 4o100
Not on Aleph
 
15. R. MOSES ALSHEICH. Sēfer Debarim Nihumim. (book of the Comfortable words (1.13) Commentary on Lamentations).
Venice, 1595
L.11.13.b.
Missing 15/02/1990
Bodleian notes: Cowley, p. 461, Opp. 4o 100
Not on Aleph
 
16. R. MOSES ALSHEICH. Sēfer Debārīm Tobīm. (book of good words).
Venice, 1596
L.11.13.c.
Missing 15/02/1990
Bodleian notes: Cowley, p. 461, Opp. 4o 100
Not on Aleph
 
17. R. MOSES ALSHEICH. Sēfer Rōb Penīnīm. (book of the abundance of pearls Commentary on Proverbs).
Venice, 1596
L.11.13.d.
Missing 15/02/1990
Notes: not in the Bodleian Library?
Not on Aleph
Perhaps it is ?Venice, 1601 edition, in 4o: Cowley, p. 462, Opp. 4o 145(1)
 
18. TROSTIUS, Martinus. Grammatica Ebraea Generalis.
Copenhagen, 1627
L.11.4.a.
Missing 15/02/1990
Not on Aleph
An unknown edition; perhaps some of the information is inaccurate
 
19. ISAAC (ben Abraham) UZZIEL. Sēfer Ma 'anēn Lāshōn. (book of the answers of the tongue. Hebrew Grammar).
Amsterdam, 1627
L.11.4.b.
Missing 15/02/1990
Bodleian notes: Cowley, p. 276, Opp. 8o 570, Opp. 8o 239(2)
Not on Aleph
 
20. R. JÓSÉ ben HALAFTA. (ascribed to him). Sēder 'Ōlām Rabbā, Hoc est Chronologia Habraeorum Maior cui Accessit ... Gil. Génébrard ... Versio Latina.
Basel, 1580
L.11.4.c.
Missing 15/02/1990
Bodleian notes: Cowley, p. 325, Opp. 8o 87(1)
Aleph system no. 19747093
[We are aware that Lincoln College Library owns a second copy of this book at shelfmark L.11.51.a].
 
21. SĒDER 'ŌLĀM ZŪTĀ. (Great order of the world). with Latin translation by Gil. Génébrard.
Basel, 1580
L.11.4.d
Missing 15/02/1990
Bodleian notes: Cowley, p. 325, Opp. 8o 88
Not on Aleph
 
22. OLD TESTAMENT. Hebrew. Psalter. Sēfer Tehillīm ... containing an epilogue by Antonius Margolis, the beginning of St. Matthew in Hebrew, and one sheet of a Latin Manuscript.
Leipzig, 1533
L. 9. 39
Missing 15/02/1990
Bodleian notes: Cowley, p. 78, Opp. 12o 89(4), Opp. 12o 90
Not on Aleph
 
23. LITURGY. Jewish. Mahzōr mik-kol Hash-shānāh, 'German' rite.
Basel(?), 1599?
L. 9. 23
Missing 22/04/2014 RF
Bodleian notes: Cowley, p. 534, Basel, 1599, Opp. 8o 937
Not on Aleph

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Published 14 Dec. 2017

La Retraite à temps ou une année au Bengale

La Retraite à temps ou une année au Bengale avant les Mutineries des Cipayes par deux soeurs

Broché, 375 pp.

Published 14 Dec. 2017

Les Bucoliques

Basane de l'époque, dos lisse orné, roulette en encadrement sur les plats, [14] - 264 pp.

Published 14 Dec. 2017

Le Moyen de parvenir

LE MOYEN DE PARVENIR, Oeuvre contenant la raison de tout ce qui a esté, est, & sera : Avec démonstrations certaines & nécessaires, selon la rencontre des effects de vertu. Et adviendra que ceux qui auront nez à porter lunettes s'en serviront, ainsi qu'il est escrit au Dictionnaire

à dormir en toutes langues. S. Recensuit Sapiens ab A ad Z.

Maroquin rouge avec encadrements sur les plats du type "à la du Seuil" (pastiche du XIXe siècle), [4] - 617 pp.

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Apophthegmes, that is to saie, prompte, quicke, wittie and sentencious saiynges, of certain Emperours, Kynges, Capitaines, Philosophiers and Oratours, as well Grekes, as Romaines, bothe veraye pleasaunt [et] profitable to reade, partely for all maner of

In later tan calf binding with attractive floriate borders and panel decoration blind-stamped on boards. More recently rebacked with four raised bands on spine and blind-stamped decoration in the compartments; burgundy lettering-piece with author and title gilt. All edges washed red. [20], 345, [12] leaves; signatures *-2*8, 3*4, a-z8, A-Y5 (LACKS the three final blanks). Includes index. Printed in black letter with attractive woodcut

initials. Occasional manuscript marginalia. Leaves *1-5; *7; 3*4; h1-5; m1; v1; v8, z6, A-C2, C8, U7, X-Y5 supplied in sympathetic facsimile. Paper fault at foredge of t4 affecting one or two letters in the marginal note. Repair to top foredge corner of v7. Brown marks in foredge margin of x3-4. A few leaves close-trimmed at foredge, touching marginal notes in places. Minor light damp-marking and some marks of use. Crisp, clean and tight. A very good example of this rare book, the text of which is now complete. STC (2nd ed.), 10443; ESTC S105498.

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Herodoto Alicarnaseo Tradot

Bound in vellum. Approx 5" x 3.5" x 1.5". Title spine reads: 'Herodoto Alicarnaseo Tradot', with '1533' at the bottom.