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Blog posts by Janine Moodhe

Janine graduated with a BA in English and American Literature from New York University, where she also minored in Visual Arts, and later completed the Documentary Photography and Visual Journalism Program at the International Center of Photography. She is an avid photographer, reader, and concert-goer. Janine started working for the ABAA in 2010 and has been Associate Director of the Association since 2011. 


A copy of The Maltese Falcon was reported stolen from Rhode Island. We were provided with the following details on this particular copy: Inscribed on the upper right-hand corner of the first page was "R Stackpole” and written just below was "to Carol” The book had no stains, no rips, no other writing, no fringe tears, and was wrapped in white tissue paper. Regarding the wrapping: #1) the colorful book-cover lightly enclosed in airy white tissue paper in its own box-the lid was exteriorly taped shut on all for corners and # 2) the book itself was loosely wrapped in white tissue paper and placed in its own airy lidded box; which was taped the same way. Both containers had written on the exterior tops, "VERY VALUABLE BOOK DO NOT OPEN" and underlined. If you have any information on this item, please contact Carol Cummings at (401) 846-212... [more]

On 29 March 2019, a box with 26 Japanese books went missing in Salt Lake City, UT. The books had been exhibited at the ARLIS/NA conference and were packed and sealed in a brown cardboard box, heavily taped and labeled, that was to be shipped by UPS Freight to Boston, MA. The box was issued a UPS Freight tracking number that was never activated. A list of the missing material is below. Please contact Boston Book Company if you have any information about the package or its contents: 617-522-2100 or office@rarebook.com 1. MORIGUCHI Tari, editor. HYÔGENSHUGI KENCHIKU ZUSHÛ. Tôkyô: Kyôyôsha, Taisho 12 25.4 x 18.8 cm. A portfolio, tied, of some 60 plates, on the topic of "EXPRESSIONIST ARCHITECTURE". Wonderful modernist designs, real and proposed, from the cutting edge of the architectural design of the period. The covers are a bit worn. ... [more]

The following item has been reported missing: On April 20, a first edition/first printing of the first Nancy Drew book-- The Secret of the Old Clock-- was stolen from a locked case at a downtown Savannah antique mall. The book itself is a little over 1" thick, medium blue with pale pink capital letters outlined in black. Other than the lettering, the front of the book is plain; there is no Nancy Drew silhouette as in later printings. The endpapers are white and blank except for an inscription that is dated September 27, 1930. The title page has considerable foxing, and the book does not have a dust jacket. We have the thief on surveillance video, and a police report has been made with the Savannah Police Department (Case #190420124). The SPD contact is Officer Mosteller, and you can reach him at (912) 651-6990. If you have any information... [more]

It's common knowledge that Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence, but did you realize he was also the first American to record a recipe for ice cream? Jefferson's recipe was for vanilla ice cream and he, sadly, did not name it Declaration of Deliciousness (which would be a perfect name if Ben & Jerry's decided to make a tribute flavor!). Precursors to ice cream, often ice mixed with fruits or juices, appeared in ancient Greek, Chinese, and Persian cultures. It's believed that the first milk based icy treat and the earliest device to make a 'ice cream' appeared in China during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD). These frozen iced-based drinks gained popularity in Europe, and in the 17th century it became popular to turn these drinks into frozen desserts. Italians added sugar to the concoction and sorbet (then called sorbetto) ... [more]

UPDATE: RECOVERED, 6/29/15 Reported missing from a private library in Walnut Creek, California -- James Joyce's serialized Ulysses in the LITTLE REVIEW, housed in what sounds like a custom grayish-blue box lettered in gilt on the upper cover "Ulysses by James Joyce." The owner received these as a college graduation present from her father 55 years ago. She cannot speak to completeness/number of issues present or to any distinguishing marks. If you are offered or have any information on these items, please contact the owner, Anne Brown at (925) 788-0664. [more]

Second Story Books in Washington, DC is looking for an experienced bookseller to fill a permanent full-time position in our Dupont Circle store. Shifts would be Sunday through Thursday, from 2-10pm. Compensation will depend upon qualifications and experience. Successful candidate will start right away. Please respond with an email and attached resume to dupontsecondstory@gmail.com. For further information, feel free to contact Eric Passaglia or Britt Law, Monday through Friday, at (202) 659-8884. [more]

UPDATE: These items were recovered and are no longer missing! The following items were stolen in Baltimore, MD (Federal Hill area) sometime between Dec. 23-28, 2014: Signed letters, some with gold leaf on the letterhead, from various people in the government all pertaining to the Statue of Liberty and the work that was done; Onion skin paper of carbon copies identifying every item used and the price per unit (e.g., x number of screws at x cents/screw, x feet of x wire at x cents/foot, etc.); A bill introduced to Congress to pay Joseph Sanbach or Joseph Schoenbach the $20,000 that was withheld because the work was completed 24 hours past the contract deadline; Pictures of Joseph Sanbach or Joseph Schoenbach with drawings of the Statue of Liberty; Newspaper articles about the work; Newspaper clipping about Joseph Sanbach or Joseph Schoenbac... [more]

The following items were reported missing in San Francisco: A set of Pound's “Inquest” series, published by William Bird, at Three Mountains Press, Paris, 1924 (170 copies of each edition), including, 1. Hemingway, IN OUR TIME 2. Windeler, ELIMUS 3. Ford Madox Ford, WOMEN & MEN 4. Pound, INDISCRETIONS 5. BMG Adams, ENGLAND 6. WC Williams, GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL* * At one time, the first 5 titles were together in a custom slipcase, while #6, Williams' GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL, was kept separately. Seeing the titles in a slipcase (whether 5 or 6) may be an indication that these are the missing books in question. Pound, HOW TO READ. TO Publishers, . Pound's copy, with his penciled corrections. Later ownership signature of poet Ronald Duncan, to whom EP gave it. Poor condition. If you have any information about these items, please contact ABAA ... [more]

The following item was reported missing, possibly stolen from the Washington Antiquarian Book Fair held Friday March 6 and Saturday March 7, 2015: DAILY FLIGHT INSPECTION FORM, dated September 5, 1944, from Roi Island -- SIGNED by Charles Lindbergh. Partially printed "NAVAER-3119 Daily Flight Inspection Form" on yellow paper, 14" x 8". Pilot Lindbergh has placed check marks on the form to verify that the craft (a Vought F4U-1D Corsair) is airworthy, e.g. engine, landing gear, wings, etc. At the end of the form where the pilot is to note any defects, Lindbergh has written "Tower advises 'check radio.' Otherwise OK." and signed. Document creased from folding, and shows some oil stains, but is very legible. If you have any information regarding this item, please contact Allan Stypeck at (301) 770-0477, ext. 13 or research@secondstorybooks.co... [more]

The Petaluma Branch of the Sonoma County Library discovered that an "old and irreplaceable map has disappeared from collection". It is the 1852 'Map of Lands of Petaluma', and probably is the original plat map from the first survey of the settlement. The map is similar to this one held by UC Berkeley: http://content.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/hb8779p17c/ If you know its whereabouts, please contact Kate Keaton at kkeaton@sonoma.lib.ca.us. [more]