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"Treacle Bible"  stolen from the Old Kirk (Kirk Covenant) in Scotland  

15 October 2018:  At the end of June, a 'Treacle' Bible was stolen from The Old Kirk in Kirkmaiden, Drummore, Scotland, a very small farming community, where it has been for over 400 years. 

Copy specific information: it has a black cover  and is lacking leaves at the start of Genesis and last part of Revelation. It dates from 1574, and is about 14 inches by 12.

The “Treacle Bible” derives from the reading of Jeremiah CH8 V22, other Bibles read “balm in Giliad” but this one says “Treacle in Gilead”

The crime number is PDG0134780168 and any information can go to Stranraer Police on + 44 1786 289070, or alternatively please contact Eilish Paterson  


Treacle Bible

Material from the Börsenverein Library, Leipzig (Germany)

11 Oct 2018: Alert from an ILAB affiliated bookseller
A US-based bookseller and member of the ABAA alerted ILAB about recently purchased material bearing the Börsenverein Library’s stamp. It seems the library doesn’t typically deaccession material and was the victim of looting and related problems during WWII. If you happen to hold or have handled any of this material, kindly contact the person below for further details:


Dr. Ramon Voges
German National Library
Deputy Head German Museum of Books and Writing

Deutscher Platz 1
04103 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 2271-315







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 



News Stolen Books BBC Online

The Written Heritage of Mankind in Peril: Theft, Retrieval, Sale and Restitution of Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts - Talk given by ILAB President Norbert Donhofer at the international conference in the British Library, London

Do we need more drastic measures to prevent the theft of books, maps, manuscripts and other art on paper? On 26 June 2015 internationally renowned experts – librarians, archivists, lawyers, auctioneers and rare book dealers – discussed one of the global problems of the antiquarian book trade in the 21st century: the theft of books, manuscripts and prints from public collections such as, in recent years, the Girolamini Library in Naples, the National Library of Sweden, the Danish Royal Library in Copenhagen and, right now, from the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris. ILAB President Norbert Donhofer was invited to speak at the conference at the British Library, which will be followed up by another international meeting in New York in 2016.