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The following book went missing or was stolen from the main sorting facility of the USPS in Los Angeles between October 17 and October 21, 2018: Twain, Mark. THE CELEBRATED JUMPING FROG. London: Routledge Later printing. Contemporary quarter dark blue calf and dark blue pebbled cloth sides, red non-pareil marbled end papers. The incorrect date “(1871)” is penciled in on the title-page. Binding a bit scuffed. If you have any information on the item, please contact Kevin Mac Donnell at (512) 345-4139 or [more]

Missing Steadman Print


The follwoing item was reported missing: Steadman, Ralph. LET'S PARTY: Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print. (Lexington, KY: Petro III Graphics), 2006. First edition. One of 250 SIGNED, numbered copies of Steadman's image on a bright, red background of a cowboy hat-wearing, skull-faced, bare-chested Thompson declaring "OK! Let's Party!!!" An image from Steadman's 2006 book THE JOKE'S OVER, a memoir of his friendship and collaboration with famed Gonzo Journalist Hunter S. Thompson. The "Joke's Over" prints cover the span of their association, from their first meeting in Kentucky to the 2005 memorial service at which Thompson's ashes were blasted out of a cannon and include work from FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, THE CURSE OF LONO and THE KENTUCKY DERBY IS DECADENT AND DEPRAVED, among many others. Two- color silkscreen on white Rising... [more]

A copy of 'Up From Slavery' by Booker T. Washington that was signed by the author has been reported missing. It was last seen at a residence in Sonoma, CA. In addition to the author's signature, there is an addiitonal inscription which reads, "For Kaj Opfell This book was inscribed for your grandfather, Georg Strandvold"; photos are below. If you have any information on this item, please contact Dylan Busse. [more]

The following item has been reported missing: JOYCE, JAMES. FINNEGANS WAKE. (London; Faber & Faber; New York: Viking Press, 1939) 260 x 171 mm. (10 1/4 x 6 3/4"). 4 p.l., (first blank), 628 pp. FIRST EDITION. No. 206 OF 425 COPIES, SIGNED BY JOYCE. Original brick red buckram, gilt titling on spine, edges untrimmed and MOSTLY UNOPENED. In the original (very slightly soiled) yellow cloth slipcase, and housed in an extremely attractive modern dark red morocco-backed folding box. Remnants of bookplate glue on front pastedown. If you have any information on the aforementioned item, please contact Cokie Anderson at or (503) 472-0476. [more]

The following collection of photographs was reported missing: . Collection of 58 Snapshots from a California Biker. : c. 1970's. 58 Snapshots, ranging in size from s 1/2" square to 3 1/2 x 5". Mostly color prints, with the exception of 10 which are black and white. Ink notations and dates to the verso of several cards. A small collection of snapshots assembled by an unnamed biker in California. While one of the prints is dated 1966 - with the inscription "Bob / Bobbie, Mac, Me / Before Viet Nam" the majority of the prints appear to be from the 1970's, with a couple dated 1976/77. Link with photographs: Please contact Adam Davis if you have any information on the collection. [more]

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. A list of titles can be found here. A further list will be circulated as soon as possible. If anyone offers you any of these titles, please contact the Police and quote crime reference number 0502127/17, ABA Secretary Camilla Szymanowska on 020 7421 4681 or ABA Security Chair Brian Lake on 020 7631 4220 immediately. For more details of individual copies, please contact the dealers directly. [more]

Fake Darwin Inscription


The Security Chair of ILAB recently issued the following alert: Recently several ILAB members have noticed a purported 'presentation copy' of the first edition of the 'Origin of Species', inscribed by Charles Darwin, that was offered for sale in New England. The inscription reads 'Yours faithfully – Ch Darwin'. If authentic it would be the only known copy of the first edition of the 'Origin' inscribed by Darwin. However, the inscription is in fact a concoction taken from a Darwin letter of April 12, 1874, in the University of Missouri, easily accessible online. ILAB members should be on the alert if they are offered, or have been involved in handling this copy. [more]

Theft of 3 Peralta Books


Three books have been reported as stolen from a private residence in Philadelphia, PA: Peralta Barnuevo, Pedro de. Lima fundada (2 vols). Lima, 1732. Peralta Barnuevo, Pedro de. Observationes Astronomicae. Lima, 1717. If you have information, or believe you have been offered these items, please contact: Det. Ryan Moore (215) 747-1151 [more]

Theft of Bibles from Sharon, CT


We have received news of a theft from a private residence in Sharon, CT. Missing is a set of Lutheran bibles, dated mid-17thC, no fewer than 6, no more than 8, each measuring 15" tall, 12" wide and 4.5" thick, each with a metal clasp. The title below has been lifted from a description of the same title currently available on ABE. While we are not sure of the date, there were evidently five editions of this title between 1555 and 1600. Der Erste (-Achte) Teil aller Bücher und Schrifften des thewren/seligen Mans Gottes Doct. Mart. Lutheri/vom XVII. jar an/bis auff das XXII. Zum Vierdten mal gedruct , nebst Index. Martin Luther (* 10.11.1483 in Eisleben, Graftschaft Mansfeld; + 18.02.1546 ebenda) Published by Thomas Rebarts Erben / Donatum Richtzenhan, 1572 Individuals with information on this theft can contact: Tpr Jeremy Ribadeneyra Conne... [more]

The box containing letters apparently taken by unknown persons from outside residence: John Muir ALS August 2, 1908 to Mr Young August 20, 1904 to Mr Ray April 11, 1909 to W G Chapman Feb 9, 1910 to H L Abbott April 12, 1906 to an editor If offered, please contact ABAA Member George Houle. [more]