Missing in Transit


The following items have been reported missing: CHRISTIE, Agatha. Autographed letter signed ("Agatha Christie"), Winterbrook House, Wallingford, Berkshire, 20 August 1972. HUXLEY, Aldous (1894-1963). Autograph letter signed ("Aldous"), to Denver. Los Angeles, 2 January 1959. GANDHI, Indira. Autographed letter signed ("Indira Gandhi"), as Prime Minister of India, to an unnamed recipient, New Delhi, 1966. GANDHI, Mohandas K. (1869-1948). Autograph letter signed ("MK"), to Allan Taumer. , Friday . . Trotsky, Leon (1879-1940). In Russian: The Problems of the Civil War. Leningrad: Priboi, 1924. DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882). Autograph letter signed ("Ch. Darwin"), to Dr. Foster. Kent, England, 9 May . KEYNES, John Maynard, 1st Baron. Autographed letter signed ("JM Keynes"), to “My dear Ogden", Firth Sussex, 6 September 1919. If you have any information on any of these items, please contact Raptis Rare Books at or 561.508.3479. [more]

The ABAA has received a preliminary report of a theft of French literature from a private residence in Hamden, CT within the last two weeks. Here are the details of the missing materials thus far: Finely bound sets of Victor Hugo, Jules Verne, other authors include Gide, Camus, Baudelaire, Balzac. Most in fine bindings, or illustrated and fine press editions. Books were originally purchased in France, some would have prices pencilled in Euros or Francs. Approximately 300-500 volumes missing, presumably stolen, sometime in the last 2 weeks. If you have any information about this or have been offered these books, please contact: Detective Don Remillard Major Crimes Unit Hamden Police Department 203-230-4052 [more]

The following modern first editions have been reported missing from the Portland Oregon area as of May 20, 2018. It is believed that these books have been offered for sale to several dealers in the U.S. and in Europe. 1. A first edition of "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest," Viking, 1962. The book has a PON on the FFE, but is otherwise about fine. The jacket is very good, with the customary fading to the spine. 2. A first edition of "Andy Warhol," by Rainer Crone, Praeger, 1970. The book is in very good condition. It has been signed by Andy Warhol and includes his original sketch of a Campbell's soup can. The jacket is good only, with significant wear. 3. A first edition of "The Shining," by Stephen King, Doubleday, 1977. NF/NF. 4. "Thirtyfour Parking Lots," by Ed Ruscha. 1967. VG. 5. A first American edition of "Four Quartets," by T.S. Eliot, Harcourt, 1943. One of 788 copies. PON on FPE, otherwise VG in G+ second state jacket. 6. A first edition of "Tender Is The Night," by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner's, 1934. VG, no jacket. 7. A first edition of "Homage to Catalonia," by George Orwell, Harcourt, 1952. NF/NF. 8. A signed, limited edition of "Invisible Man," by Ralph Ellison, Franklin Library, 1980. Fine. Dealers having information about these books, or dealers who have been offered books for sale by Ainsley Powell, are urged to contact Deputy Cody Ringheim of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office regarding Incident No. 18-014469 at (503) 557-5800, ext. 1271 or cringheim@cl... [more]

The Queens' Bowne House Museum has reported it is missing approximately 50 historical documents ranging from the 1600s through the 1800s, which are believed to have been removed in the 1980s or 1990s. The Bowne House, is a historic house museum in Flushing Queens, New York. The house was built in 1661 by early settler John Bowne, a Quaker convert known for his successful defense of religious freedom in the face of persecution from New Netherlands Governor Peter Stuyvesant. The home was continually inhabited by nine generations of his descendants, many of whom were also Quaker reformers and prominent New Yorkers, and their personal papers and effects have been preserved onsite. Please note that the original Colonial documents will probably use Quaker dating conventions- i.e., they did not use the names of the months or days, only numbers, and mostly adhered to the Julian calendar. The documents reported missing are: EARLY BOWNE LETTERS: Documents relating to the arrest and trial of John Bowne: August 14, 1662: Complaint by Magistrates of Flushing re: Quakers; the condemnation and banishment of John Bowne. Jan. 1663: Letter to Dutch West India Co. from Governor & Council of New Netherlands ordering transport of John Bowne into exile. April, 1663: Letter to Governor Stuyvesant and Council of New Netherlands rebuking them for persecution of John Bowne. 1663: Letter/Address from John Bowne to Dutch West India Co., declining to do as asked Note: The above documents are presumed to ... [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]

Lost in the USPS system somewhere between Allen Park, Michigan and Fernandina Beach, Florida within the last 45 days. Please contact the us at (212) 944-8291 or if offered. Rowling, J. K. & Grandpre, Mary HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, Arthur A. Levine / Scholastic Press, 1999, first American edition (first printing), insignificant and quite small grayish mark to a tiny section of the b.p.e.'s, else fine in like pictorial dw. Signed by both the author and the illustrator. Quite scarce thus. HARRY POTTER #2. [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]

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]

The following item has been reported stolen: STOKER, BRAM. DRACULA. (Westminster: Archibald Constable and Company, 1897) 200 x 130 mm. (7 3/4 x 5 1/8"). ix, , 390 pp. FIRST EDITION, First Issue, before advertisement leaf and publisher's catalogue. Fine modern black crushed morocco by Bayntun Riviere (stamp-signed on front turn-in), covers with double gilt fillet border, raised bands, spine compartments similarly framed, gilt titling, gilt-ruled turn-ins, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. Original cloth covers and spine bound in. Occasional mild marginal foxing or small stains, otherwise A VERY FINE COPY, clean, fresh, and wide margined, and in an attractive unworn binding. If you have any information on this book, please contact Jill Mann at or (800) 962-6666. [more]

Reported Stolen: Poe and Dickens


These works were reported stolen with the use of a fraudulent credit card. Please contact us ( or 212-944-8291) if you are offered either of these. The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe. Poe, Edgar Allan. Akron, Ohio: The Werner Company, 1908. Centenary edition, limited to 1,000 sets. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco, with titles and tooling to the spine, top edge gilt. Illustrated. The Personal History of David Copperfield. Dickens, Charles. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1850. First edition, first printing. Octavo, elegantly bound in full morocco. Gilt titles and elaborate tooling to the spine, gilt lined to the front and rear panels. In near fine condition. Illustrated with 40 etchings by Hablot Knight Browne. [more]