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Missing in Tranist: Brooklyn


This item is still missing as of 6/12/2019. A customer reports that a package containing the following book was stolen from her mailbox in Brooklyn, NY. Weiss, Harvey. Twenty-four and Stanley . New York: G P Putnam & Sons, 1956. Hardcover in dust jacket. May have inventory number TF735717 in pencil on rear endpaper. If offered, please contact: Timothy Forry E. M. Maurice Books, LLC 358 Ledge Drive Torrington CT 06790 Tel: 860.480.2264 [more Missing in Tranist: Brooklyn]

This item is still missing as of 6/12/2019. Maggs Bros' copy of 'In Parenthesis' by David Jones was presumably stolen en-route to a dealer in Los Angeles, California. The package was delivered complete to their mailbox on the street and when they came to open it, they found the envelope empty and the book removed. The theft occurred this past Monday. A description is attached; it is copy 3/75. Please contact Ben Maggs if you know the whereabouts of this book. Benjamin Maggs Modern Department Private Press and Illustrated Books Maggs Bros. Ltd. 48 Bedford Square London, WC1B 3DR Tel: +44 (0)20 7493 7160 Fax: +44 (0)20 7499 2007 [more Missing in LA area: In Parenthesis by David Jones]

We have received a report that these items were “purchased” with a stolen credit card. The fraudster will likely attempt to sell the items on eBay. Please contact us ( or 212-944-8291) if you are offered any of these. Catcher in the Rye, first issue dust jacket A Separate Peace, first American edition, first printing, in dust jacket, published by Macmillan (New York), 1960 Theory of Relativity, first edition in English, in dust jacket, Methuen 1920 – purchased Feb 27, 2018 Power and the Glory, first edition, in dust jacket, inscribed to Clive Hirschhorn The Great Gatsby, no dust jacket (facsimile or otherwise), first issue text, green cloth [more Missing/Stolen highspots from NYC area]

These items are still missing as of 6/13/2019. The family of Darlene Cates, who played the mother in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" had a bunch of her movie related material stolen from her by a care giver. This theft occurred more than two years ago. Please contact Adam Schachter at Langdon Manor Books for more information. 713-443-4697 [more Reported Stolen: Movie related material for “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”]

Missing: Principles of Population


This item was sold using a presumably stolen cc number and likely will be attempted to be resold on the market. Please contact ABAA HQ if offered. ALISON, Archibald (1792-1867). The Principles of Population, and their Connection with Human Happiness. 2 vols. 8vo. Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons: and Thomas Cadell, London, 1840. First edition. Original quarter cloth and boards, uncut, with paper spine labels; spines faded and damaged at heads, labels worn. Provenance: armorial bookplates of Robert Crewe-Milnes, Marquess of Crewe. Kress C.5068; Goldsmiths' Library 31439; Schumpeter, p. 584. 212.944.8291 [more Missing: Principles of Population]

These items are still missing as of 6/13/2019. The following books were removed from a dealer's cases in transit to the 2018 California Book Fair. Please let us know immediately if you are offered these items at or All are firsts except for the Don Quixote (a second edition). >> Light in August >> Generalization of Gravitational Theory >> This Side of Paradise >> Casino Royale >> Don Quixote >> Candide >> Principles of Political Economy >> Origin of Species >> Reminisces of A Stock Operator >> The Marne >> Being and Nothingness >> Forgotten Village >> Nobel Lecture by Garcia Marquez >> General Theory >> Lolita >> Capitalism Socialism and Democracy >> Theory of Moral Sentiments >> Harry Potter >> Moonraker >> Fountainhead >> Dusklands >> Hobbit >> Live and Let Die >> Giving Tree >> Theory of Games >> Wealth of ... [more Stolen in transit to California Book Fair]

Inaugural Kenneth Karmiole Endowed Lecture on the History of the Book Trade in California and the West Anton Roman: San Francisco's Pioneering Bookseller & Publisher by John Crichton, proprietor of the Brick Row Book Shop in San Francisco and twice past president of the Book Club of California. Monday, October 30, 2017, 6pm Please RSVP to The Kenneth Karmiole Endowed Lecture on the History of the Book Trade in California and the West was created in 2016 to focus on the book trade — printing, publishing, and bookselling — over the past two centuries. Kenneth Karmiole is a philantrophist and antiquaraian bookseller. He has been a member of the Book Club of California since 1976 and is currently serving on its board of directors. The Book Club of California said, “Mr. Karmiole's leadership and vision are inspiring... [more John Crichton gives Inaugural Karmiole Lecture at Book Club of California Oct. 30, 2017]

The following books were reported stolen: Zone, by Guillaume Apollinaire, translated by Samuel Beckett, published by the Dolmen Press, in an edition numbered and signed by Samuel Beckett, with a short haiku by Alan Ginsberg written on the front endpaper, and signed by Ginsberg; in navy blue boards in a blue slipcase, about 10 inches high North, by Seamus Heaney, paperback, signed by Heaney on the title page Field Work, by Seamus Heaney, signed by Heaney on the title page. 2 small volumes of printed correspondence between designer Bruce Rogers and T. E. Lawrence, concerning Rogers's design and typesetting of Lawrence's translation of the Odyssey, privately printed by Rogers in plain red covers Butcher's Dozen, by Thomas Kinsella (Peppercanister Press), signed by Kinsella on the title page Please contact John McGuigan at Caveat Emptor Used ... [more Stolen: Books Stolen from Bloomington, Indiana]

This item is still missing as of 6/4/2019. The following book has been reported stolen by internet fraud, sold to someone in Los Angeles. (PAINE, Thomas). Common Sense; Addressed to the Inhabitants of America, on the following interesting Subjects. (1776). : Lettre de Thomas Paine au Peuple Français sur la Journée du 18 Fructidor. (1797). (Two works in one volume). $16,000. Philadelphia, printed; London, re-printed Paris: J. Almon, opposite Burlington-House in Piccadilly Imprimerie-Libraire du Cercle-Social, rue du Théâtre-Français, no. 4. An VI de la République, 1776 and 1797. First editions (see below for details). Two works bound in one volume. Octavo. Quarter bound in early 20th Century parchment and cloth over boards, lettered on the spine in gilt. Modest soiling to the parchment, internally crisp and near fine. The first work,... [more Stolen: Thomas Paine, Common Sense 1776 in Los Angeles]

Stolen in San Francisco, CA


The following books were reported stolen from a home in San Francisco, California: Louis Antoine de Bougainville. A Voyage Round the World. 1772 Arthur Phillip. The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay. 1789 or 1790 Bligh, William. A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His Majesty's Ship Bounty... 1790 La Perouse, Jean Francois Galaup de. A Voyage Around the World in the Years 1785… 3 volumes. 1798 Cook James (Hawkesworth) An Account of the Voyages… 3 volumes 1773 Anson, George. A Voyage Round the World. 1748 (possibly later). Please contact Greg Krisilas at 818.990.1106 with any information. [more Stolen in San Francisco, CA]