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Carnegie Library Theft

By Susan Benne

In an effort to assist in the recovery of materials missing as a result of the Carnegie Library theft, the ABAA would like to bring to the public's attention the list of items believed stolen. Click this link to view the list. Update 8/20/18: The following list includes more details. Should any member of the public identify having purchased or otherwise having knowledge of the disposition or current location of any items from the Carnegie Library—whether on this list or not—please contact one of the following detectives from Allegheny County District Attorney's Office: · Det. Fran Laquatra (412) 388-5305 · Det. Perann Tansmore (412) 388-5307 ` · Det. Lyle Graber (412) 388-5316 Please note, the detectives do not have reason to believe that anyone who may have purchased any of these items was necessarily aware that the material had been reported stolen. The ABAA appreciates your attention and assistance with respect to this grave matter. Please check our post from March for further details, including additional information on collection markings. Sincerely, Vic Zoschak President, ABAA Brad Johnson Chair, ABAA Security Committee Susan Benne Executive Director, ABAA [more]

The following item was sent to London but was mis-delivered and is now missing (photo below): NORTON, Thomas. To the Quenes Maiesties poore deceiued Subiectes of the North Countrey A warning against the dangerous practices of Papistes A Bull graunted by the Pope to Doctor Harding A disclosing of the great Bull . STC 18682, 18686, 18678, 18679. Imprints vary, London, 1569 & 1570. Later calf, gilt, the joints somewhat rubbed, a few sidenotes just trimmed, else quite clean, the Bute copy (with bookplate). If you are offered this item or have any information pertaining to it, please contact Joe Luttrell at or (415) 255-6400. [more]

Stolen/Forged LDS Material

By Susan Benne

We were alerted to a news story that Kevin Schuwer of Lehi, Utah has confessed to selling forged LDS material. In addition to these materials, he is being investigated for selling items stolen from BYU and other venues. Read more here. Jeff Long at BYU Police is the officer investigating the matter. His number is 801.422.5216 and email is The investigation may end up involving multiple jurisdictions and therefore other investigators. We will update as information becomes available. [more]

Please contact us if offered this book. In addition to the description below, it also is housed in a clamshell case. HUGHES, Henry. Treatise on Sociology, Theoretical and Practical. Philadelphia: Published for the Author, 1854. First edition. Octavo. 292 pp. plus two folding charts. Publisher's sage cloth with large blind-blocked arabesques on covers, gilt spine lettering. Tips lightly bumped and light browning to endpapers. A very good copy in the original binding. This is the first American book on sociology and one of the first books to use that term. "The very term, "sociology," was introduced into the American lexicon of social science in 1854 by Henry Hughes, an obscure Mississippi lawyer. His Treatise on Sociology, Theoretical and Practical is the first book-length work to employ that term in its title... Despite the availability of his Treatise, Hughes, a southerner, a slavocrat, and the first self-designated American sociologist, remains an elusive and protean figure in the lyceum of American life and letters" (Saint-Arnaud, African American Pioneers of Sociology). In the same year, 1854, another Southerner, Thomas Fitzhugh, also published a book with the word sociology in the title (Sociology for the South) but his book was merely a thinly disguised racist tract and while Hughes was also racist in leaning at least he was systematic in his approach and thus fulfilling a requirement for a serious text. Hughes used his treatise to proclaim the rightness and necessity o... [more]

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]

Please inform Stranraer police if you are offered the ”Treacle Bible” which was stolen from the Old Kirk (Kirk Covenant), outside Drummore village, at the end of June. The bolts were removed from the glass case where it had been displayed for years. Before the King James Bible of 1611 pre-reformation translators were risking their lives if they translated the scriptures from Latin or Greek into English. It was considered heresy, a capital offense punishable by burning. This 1549 edition of the Great Bible has been referred to as "The Treacle Bible" because of a verse in Jeremiah which says, "Is there not triacle in Gilead". “Treacle", variously spelled, is an old English name for ointment or balm. Stranraer Police can be reached at 44 1786 289070. [more]

One of our members recently purchased material bearing the Börsenverein Library's stamp. It seems the library doesn't typically deaccession material and was the victim of looting and related problems during WWII. If you happen to hold or have handled any of this material, kindly contact the person below for further details. Dr. Ramon Voges German National Library Deputy Head German Museum of Books and Writing Deutscher Platz 1 04103 Leipzig Phone: +49 341 2271-315 Fax: +49 341 2271-240 Mail: [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 Stonehenge deckle edge paper measuring 22 x 30 inches. Fine. If you have any information on this item, please contact Beth at Quill & Brush at (301) 874-3200. [more]

Book Theft, August 2018 The House of Seven Gables in Salem has suffered a theft of a first edition The House of the Seven Gables, A Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Here are the details: · Published by Ticknor, Reed and Fields, Boston, 1851. Stereotyped by Hopart & Robbins, Boston. First printing. 344 pages. · Brown cloth-bound book with cut fore-edges, blocked-in-blind covers, and gilt blocked lettering on the spine, · Written in pen on title page “Jane Howden.” Written in pen on fly-leaf “To Mrs. Carlyle with the kind regards of ? April 1852. From Mrs. Carlyle (Jeanie Walsh) to Jane Howden Maitlandfield.” Written in pencil on first few pages “B90.0.56.” · Dimensions: o 7 3.8” long o 5” long If you run across this book, please notify the Salem Police Department immediately at 978-744-1212. [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]