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. 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]

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]

Missing in Tranist: Brooklyn


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]

This morning, the ABAA leadership learned that Greg Priore, former Carnegie Library Archivist, and former ABAA member John Schulman of Caliban Books, have been charged with theft from the library. This is a truly regrettable situation for the larger book community, and one in which the Association shares the public's dismay that such a theft took place. At this point in time, to comment further would be premature, as we support the legal process currently being pursued and will await its outcome. During this period we will continue to closely monitor the developments concerning this serious matter. Sincerely, Vic Zoschak President, ABAA [more]

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]