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The League and its national associations have a long history of preventing book theft and of catching book thieves, both at national and international level. This also applies to stolen maps as well as documents, manuscripts and other related material. We work closely with booksellers, libraries, museums, the police, national governments and other institutions. Our intention is that thieves will have nowhere to dispose of their ill gotten goods.

This database is for books reported stolen after 15th June 2010.

TO ENTER OR REPORT A THEFT: If an ILAB bookseller, please login with your bookseller login and enter under "ADD A STOLEN BOOK" in the backend.
All other enquiries and help, please email:



Cambridge University Library announces public appeal to recover two notebooks written by Charles Darwin

24. November 2020: ILAB has been informed of a loss of historic significance which was made public by Cambridge University Library today. 
Two notebooks by Charles Darwin have been missing since 2000 and the library has now decided to launch a public appeal for their recovery, as well as asking the rare book trade for its help. 

This public appeal by the library has sparked broad media coverage. 

See the full article on the BBC Website here:  
The University of Cambridge quotes Angus O’Neill, ILAB’s Security Chair: "Cambridge University Library is to be commended on coming forward so that the international book trade can help with the notebooks’ recovery. Items like this could never be sold openly, and we fervently hope that this publicity will lead to them getting back to where they belong.”
The full article can be viewed here: 

ILAB President Sally Burdon wrote: “ILAB Booksellers were shocked to learn of the theft of these two important notebooks by Charles Darwin. We commend Cambridge University Library for making this public. The selfishness of this theft and other similar crimes is obvious to all. ILAB runs an efficient and effective global security network. We will be circulating the details of this theft and will continue to make every effort possible to help locate these incredibly significant Notebooks until they are found and returned to their rightful home at Cambridge University Library. ILAB greatly values its relationship with special collections librarians all over the world, and it is good to see the trade being engaged in dialogues like this. None of us wants to be involved with stolen goods, and this climate of openness is very welcome. We will soon be relaunching our online Missing Books Register: it has helped recover a number of items over the years, and if we can update it as soon as a book is known to be missing, it will make life much more difficult for book thieves.

It is highly recommended to watch and share the library's public appeal video. 

Darwin CUL Appeal

Needless to say, the library or ILAB should be contacted if any trace of these items can be found in the book trade. Please email Dr. Jessica Gardner at Cambridge University Library: manuscriptappeal at

Collections de vols

Thefts Of Collections

Larger theft of prints in Vienna, items mainly Vienna/Austria-related

26 March 2020:

A larger theft of prints was reported to the Austrian Antiquarian Booksellers Association and ILAB by Antiquariat Bauer in Vienna. 

The list of stolen items is attached. The items are mainly themed around Vienna / Austria. 
Please be vigilant and report back to ILAB or the bookseller if the items reappear in the trade. 

Contact details Antiquariat Bauer:
Mag. Michael Bauer
Gentzgasse 99
A - 1180 Wien

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Thefts Of Collections

Large Theft from Passages in Portland, OR

6 January 2020: 
Passages Bookshop (in Portland, Oregon) was broken into on 2 January 2020. A first estimate is that 100-150 books were stolen from smashed display cases.

Most of the books are rare and signed editions of poetry, literature, photography, and modern art. I have only begun to identify the missing titles; a first shortlist follows, and we'll send an update with additional details when possible.

In case anyone suspects that they are offered material from this incident, the police contact is:
Officer Anthony Hill, Portland Bureau of Police
Case number 20-1394

Or please contact the bookshop directly
David Abel
Cell: +1 503-233-4562
Shop: +1 503-388-7665

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Thefts Of Collections

Thefts at the Swedish Library at Vitterhetsakademiens, Stockholm

The Swedish Library at Vitterhetsakademiens in Stockholm has informed ILAB on the 26th September 2018, that during a recent inventory project of the library's rare Numismatic book collection, located at The Royal Coin Cabinet - National Museum of Economy, it was discovered that several books are missing, most probably stolen.

The case has been reported to the police.

ILAB-affiliated booksellers as well as book buyers are asked to be vigilant and inform ILAB or the directors of the library if any of the stolen objects re-appear in the book trade. 

See full list of stolen books enclosed (PDF).

Contact Details Library:
Annika Peurell
Head Librarian 

Enhetschef Vitterhetsakademiens bibliotek
Riksantikvarieämbetet/Swedish National Heritage Board

Box 5405
11484 Stockholm
Telefon: +46 (0)8 5191 8338

Contact Details ILAB:
Angelika Elstner
ILAB Secretariat 

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Thefts Of Collections

Update July 2018: Thefts - Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Many will be aware of a large theft from the Oliver Room at the Carnegie Library which was covered extensively by the press in the United States and the United Kingdom. The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) urges booksellers and collectors to read the enclosed list of items stolen and immediately contact the offices of either ILAB or the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) if you are able to help in any way to recover the stolen books. 

ILAB affiliated booksellers are expected to adhere to a strict Code of Usages and Customs to which deviations are not tolerated.

John Schulman of Caliban Books has resigned his membership and therefore is no longer a member of the ABAA or an ILAB affiliate. 

Contact details ILAB:

Contact details ABAA:

ILAB will communicate a further update in due course.


Carnegie Library Pittsburgh_Loss Report for ABAA and ILAB 

Carnegie Library Pittsburgh - Collection Markings vs2 (1)

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Liste des derniers livres volés

Publié 01 Déc. 2020

Geoponika [Greek letters]. De re rustica selectorum libri XX. Graeci, Constantino quidem Caesari nuncupati, ac iam non libris, sed thesauris annumerandi. Io(hanne) Alexandri Brassicai opera in lucem editi. Una cum rerum, quae in hisce tractantur, diligent

With woodcut printer’s device on last leaf verso. (24) leaves, 551, (1) pp. 8vo. Contemp. blind-tooled pigskin over three raised bands and wooden boards.

VD16 C 1413; Hieronymus, Griech. Geist, no. 365.

(Bound with:) Constantinus VII. Porphyrogenitus. Constantini Caesa ris selectarum praeceptionum, de Agricultura libri viginti, Iano Cornario medico physico interprete. With printerís devices on title and in the colophon. (4) leaves, 389 (recte 390) pp., 1 leaf. Basel, (Officina Frobeniana per Hieronymum Frobenium et Nicolaum Episcopum), 1538. – VD16 C 1414; Hieronymus, Griech. Geist, no. 364.

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Publié 21 Juil. 2020


Small 4to. A very fine copy in contemporary white morocco, with arms on side.
« The Novelas Exemplares », twelve in number, are masterpieces which it has become a commonplace to say would have established Cervantes » lasting fame as a writer of ficti on, even if he has never produced Don Quixote. Indeed they represent the high-water-mark of the short story of the Seventeenth Century, for as Cervantes overtops the earliest novelistas, so he remains superior to those who followed him. Not one of his successors reached the same level of attainment, none articulates his stories so well or writes with the same mastery of style, not one approaches him as a psychologist or observer; none compare with him in his power to depict life truly and to create character. It is doubtful whether the whole body of short stories after the “Novelas exemplars” could yield a group of characters so living and so highly individualized.”
The twelves novels are:
I. La Gitanilla.
II. El Amante liberal.
III. Rinconete, y Cortadillo.
IV. La Española Inglessa.
V. El Licenciado Vidriera.
VI. La fuerça de la sangre.
VII. El zeloso Estremeño.
VIII. La illustre fregona.
IX. Las dos donzellas.
X. La Señora Cornelia.
XI. El casamiento engañoso
XII. La de los perros Cipiò, y Bergàça.
The success of the « Novelas » was immediate and lasting; twelve editions were made within ten years of their first appearance, and twelve more had been issued by 1665. They were translated into French as early as 1615 and into Italian in 1626. Six of them were rendered into English in 1640.
This copy was bound for Jerome de Bignon (1627-1697), “Grand Maître de la Bibliothèque du Roi” his arms on the side
-Jerôme de Bignon (1627-1697), “Grand Maître de la Bibliothèque du Roi”, Paris
-Jorge Ortiz-Linarès (1894-1965), Paris, bought from Maggs Bros, London, 21st December 1936 -George Ortiz (1927-2013)
We do not have the photo of the binding but the Bignon’ arms are on the side on a contemporary white morocco.

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Publié 21 Juil. 2020


2 parts in 8vo., calf
Uniform bindings of brown vellum, end of the XVIIth century, ex-libris emblazoned of the Beilby Thompson of Ejerick on the paste downs, double net on the plates, back with nerves. Red morocco case.
Binding slightly repaired< br /> Provenance :
-Beilby Thompson of Ejerick (ex-libris armorié)
-Bought by Jorge Ortiz-Linarès (1894-1965), from Maggs Bros, London, 21st December 1936 -George Ortiz (1927-2013)

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Publié 20 Juil. 2020

Meetkonst in XXVII boeken vervat

4°, pp.  [x] + 221 + [ii], contemporary vellum. Upper right corner of t/p missing. 

Publié 20 Juil. 2020

La Science des ombres, par rapport au dessin

8°? , xvi + 92pp with 14 engraved plates, pp. 97-168 with 4 eng plates. Contemporary mottled calf, gilt spine
ribbed, al edges red.