UPDATED 2/2020: This item was recovered. Seemingly fell off the tracking map in San Fransisco, the item is #341 of 512 of Wasson's Mushrooms, Russia, and History, Pantheon, 1957; two large volumes in a slipcase, value is US$2000. The book was in transit from Wisconsin to Hawaii. If offered, please contact: Peter Dast Bookworks 11236 South County Road K Beloit, WI 53511 [more]

The ABAA recently learned of new developments in the criminal case regarding the Carnegie Library thefts. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Greg Priore and John Schulman pleaded guilty to theft yesterday. The full article is here: [more]

Passages Bookshop (in Portland, Oregon) was broken into last night). A first rough estimate is that 100-150 books were stolen from smashed display cases. Most of the books are rare and signed editions of poetry, literature, photography, and modern art. I have only begun to identify the missing titles; a first shortlist follows, and we'll send an update with additional details when possible. In case anyone suspects that they are offered material from this incident, the police contact is: Officer Anthony Hill, Portland Bureau of Police 503-545-3436 Case number 20-1394 My phone numbers are: Cell: 503-233-4562 Shop: 503-388-7665 Thank you very much, David Abel Books stolen from Passages Bookshop, 1/2/20. List revised 2/12/20. Complete and uptodate lists also at: Additional stolen item added 02/12/2020 The following books, prints, and broadsides were contained in a TRAN brand black leatherette portfolio case, dimensions approximately 18 x 24 x 4 inches. Cohick, Aaron (editor). REAEDR #1: WAR. New Lights, 2017. Narrow folio, saddle-stapled into printed wrappers. Risograph journal, printed in color throughout. Maurer, Paul. Campo Santo. Passages, 1995. Hand-colored letterpress print with collage, edition of 75. Moore, Michael. Two digital prints of drawings (with handwritten text) from Auto-Biographies. Wall Springs, 2013. Pindar, trans. Ted Enslin. Gabriel Liston, illus. The Gods c... [more]

We've recently been made aware of the theft of this important item in NYC. Details and some photos follow. Please contact us or Detective Rodriguez if you are offered or know the whereabouts of this item. On 7/22/2019 a police report was filed for the theft of the 1927 script of The Jazz Singer by Samson Raphaelson. The book was a personal copy of Jack Warner and it may be attempted to be sold as such. The theft occurred sometime between 7/16 - 7/22. The police report number is 2019-018-5906. Detective Hector L. Rodriguez New York City Police Department Major Case Squad Main: (646) 610-6910 Fax: (646) 610-6185 Cell: (917) 417-3074 [more]

If offered the following item, please contact William Kalush at (212) 594-1033. RINGELBERG, JOACHIM FORTIUS Opera, quae proxima pagina enumerantur. IDEM. Compendium de conscribendis versibus. Lyon, Sebastien Gryphius, 1532-1531. 2 parties en 1 volume petit in-8 (156 x 100 mm) de 687 pp., marque d'imprimeur sur le titre coloriée, pour Opera; 29 pp., 1 (blanc) pour Arithmetica; veau raciné, dos lisse, tranches mouchetées (reliure du XIXe siècle). Mortimer, French, 460; Baudrier, VIII: 60; Smith, Rara Arithmetica, 166-7; Adams, R-560; Lynn- Thorndike, V, 152; Vitry, 728. Édition originale. Les Opera portent la date de 1532 sur la page de titre, le dernier feuillet indique la date de 1531, comme celle du Compendium, relié à la suite comme c'est souvent le cas (selon Mortimer). "Presumably inspired by Viator but far from being completely dependent on him, Joachim Ringelberg presented perspective in his Opera, published in Lyon in 1531". (Kirsti Andersen, The Geometry of an Art, pp. 166-167). Joachim Sterck van Ringelberg (1499-1531) est un humaniste, mathématicien et astrologue flamand né à Anvers. Il enseigna des sujets très variés de la grammaire à la réthorique, des mathématiques à l'optique et l'art divinatoire. Savant itinérant, il professa en Allemagne, en Suisse et en France. Il est le premier à avoir utilisé le terme "Cyclopedia" (pour Encyclopedia) dans le titre de son livre Lucubrationes vel potius absolutissima kyklopaideia; nempe liber de rat... [more]

TALES OF THE WILD AND WONDERFUL ; ; ; . Tales of the Wild and Wonderful.London: Hurst, Robinson, and Co., 1825. $3250. Octavo, measuring 7.75 x 4.75 inches: x, , 356. Original drab paper boards, blue cloth spine, publisher's printed spine label, text block uncut. Early ink owner signature to front pastedown, early bookseller description (misattributing authorship to George Borrow, as formerly believed) laid in. Joints cracked but holding, spine chipped, scattered foxing to first and last pages. Housed in a custom clamshell box. First edition of this anonymously published collection of weird tales, one of only two books by Walter Sholto Douglas, born Mary Diana Dods, who would later live as a man with the help of Mary Shelley. This collection includes five tales in the gothic and fairy tale traditions, among them “The Prediction,” a dark tale of a country woman defying the power of the local tyrant, and “The Lord of the Maelstrom,” a retelling of the Beauty and the Beast legend against the backdrop of Norse mythology. A scarce collection by an increasingly recognized gender-nonconforming author, in original boards. If offered, please contact: Honey & Wax Booksellers, ABAA 540 President Street, Third Floor Brooklyn NY 11215 917-974-2420 [more]

Missing, presumed stolen from HANSONS AUCTIONEERS and VALUERS LTD, Heage Lane, Etwall, Derbyshire, DE65 6LS: Inscribed WWII edition of Winston Churchill's My Early Life. Images of the book and inscription are attached. Please contact Marc Kuritz, if offered: Churchill Book Collector, ABAA | ILAB | IOBA San Diego, California, U.S.A. / 619.384.7992 [more]

Missing in San Francisco


The following items were reported missing from a building lobby in San Francisco: Antonio Gallonio / Antonio Tempesta - De Sanctorum Martyrum Cruciatibus - 1659/1660 Bockler - Theatrum Machinarum Novum 1662 & Architectura Curiosa Nova (part 1) 1664 If you have any information please contact Roland Salvato. [more]

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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]