The following book has been reported as missing in transit through USPS. It is a unique item, because of the artwork and description, and could easily be distinguished from other copies of the book. For additional information, or if you believe you have been offered the book, please contact Rowan Dordick ( Jackson, Chevalier. The Life of Chevalier Jackson: An Autobiography. With an Original, inscribed Print By Jackson Tipped in at Front.. New York: Macmillan, 1938. Second Printing. Original Cloth. Near Fine / Very Good. Tipped onto stub of front flyleaf (the rest of which has been removed) an original print by Jackson signed in pencil "Mother" and "Chevalier Jackson" and "Aunt Sue to Howard." Inscribed on dedication leaf: "Greetings/to/Howard/and his Family/from the folks/at the Old Mill/Chevalier Jackson." Dust jacket with slight wear at spine ends. [more]

Books of significant value were stolen from a West London warehouse on the night of 29th January while in transit for the California Book Fair. A full police investigation is underway. A list of titles can be found here. A further list will be circulated as soon as possible. If anyone offers you any of these titles, please contact the Police and quote crime reference number 0502127/17, ABA Secretary Camilla Szymanowska on 020 7421 4681 or ABA Security Chair Brian Lake on 020 7631 4220 immediately. For more details of individual copies, please contact the dealers directly. [more]

Fake Darwin Inscription


The Security Chair of ILAB recently issued the following alert: Recently several ILAB members have noticed a purported 'presentation copy' of the first edition of the 'Origin of Species', inscribed by Charles Darwin, that was offered for sale in New England. The inscription reads 'Yours faithfully – Ch Darwin'. If authentic it would be the only known copy of the first edition of the 'Origin' inscribed by Darwin. However, the inscription is in fact a concoction taken from a Darwin letter of April 12, 1874, in the University of Missouri, easily accessible online. ILAB members should be on the alert if they are offered, or have been involved in handling this copy. [more]

Still Missing: James Joyce Ulysses


On December 1, 1997, I sent an e-mail to many booksellers in New England and the eastern United States, alerting them that a copy of the first edition of James Joyce's Ulysses had been stolen from my bookstore. That was 19 years ago, and the book is still missing. Here are the details: Joyce, James: Ulysses. Paris, Shakespeare & Co, 1922, first edition, #543/1000 copies of the issue not signed by Joyce. The book had recently been recased in quarter blue morocco and blue cloth, matching the original blue wrappers, which, in fine condition, are bound in. A matching clamshell box, which was left behind, is still in my possession. A police report was filed at the time. I mention this 19 years later with the thought that the thief, who presumably has been in possession on the book for nearly two decades might at some point wish to sell it. Barbara Farnsworth, Bookseller, ABAA/ILAB Tel: 860-672-6571 [more]

Theft of 3 Peralta Books


Three books have been reported as stolen from a private residence in Philadelphia, PA: Peralta Barnuevo, Pedro de. Lima fundada (2 vols). Lima, 1732. Peralta Barnuevo, Pedro de. Observationes Astronomicae. Lima, 1717. If you have information, or believe you have been offered these items, please contact: Det. Ryan Moore (215) 747-1151 [more]

Theft of Bibles from Sharon, CT


We have received news of a theft from a private residence in Sharon, CT. Missing is a set of Lutheran bibles, dated mid-17thC, no fewer than 6, no more than 8, each measuring 15" tall, 12" wide and 4.5" thick, each with a metal clasp. The title below has been lifted from a description of the same title currently available on ABE. While we are not sure of the date, there were evidently five editions of this title between 1555 and 1600. Der Erste (-Achte) Teil aller Bücher und Schrifften des thewren/seligen Mans Gottes Doct. Mart. Lutheri/vom XVII. jar an/bis auff das XXII. Zum Vierdten mal gedruct , nebst Index. Martin Luther (* 10.11.1483 in Eisleben, Graftschaft Mansfeld; + 18.02.1546 ebenda) Published by Thomas Rebarts Erben / Donatum Richtzenhan, 1572 Individuals with information on this theft can contact: Tpr Jeremy Ribadeneyra Connecticut State Police Troop B 463 Ashley Falls Rd North Canaan, CT 860-626-1820 x1033 [more]

The box containing letters apparently taken by unknown persons from outside residence: John Muir ALS August 2, 1908 to Mr Young August 20, 1904 to Mr Ray April 11, 1909 to W G Chapman Feb 9, 1910 to H L Abbott April 12, 1906 to an editor If offered, please contact ABAA Member George Houle. [more]

Stolen in Juneau, Alaska


A theft of a number of maps and prints focused on Arctic Exploration, Ethnography, and Circumpolar Navigation has been reported in Juneau, Alaska. Please contact our offices at the ABAA if you have any information reguarding these items. [more]

2 Books Stolen from PRPH


The ABAA has recently become aware of a theft which occurred in May from PRPH books. If you have information, or believe you may have been offered either of the items below, please contact Fabrizio Govi (, from whom these books were consigned. De Chyromantia libri III authoris ciusdam vetustissimi per Joannem DRYANDRUM restituti Marpurgi, anno MDXXXVIII. Tibet, Antioco (1528) 8vo; 18th-century full vellum over boards, spine with label and gilt title; 138 , (5, of which the last is a blank) pp. With four full-page chiromantic hands and several zodiacal and planetary illustrations in the text. Some light browning, but a very good copy. RARE SECOND EDITION (the first printed in Bologna in 1494 is extremely rare and is virtually impossibile to find on the market) of the first comprehensive treatise on palmistry. All the most famous subsequent authors on the subjects are somehow indebted to Tiberti (cf. G. Sabbatini, Bio-bibliografia chiromantica, Reggio Emilia, 1946, pp. 92-94). This edition, which was reprinted in 1541, does not bear Tiberti's name on the title-page. The original dedication by Tiberti to Ottavio Ubaldino, earl of Mercatello, is followed by a new dedication addressed by the editor Johannes Dryander to the Mainz nobleman Johann Furderer de Richtenfels. The text of the two Mainz editions differs significantly from that of the first Bologna edition, a thing that can only be explained by the fact that Dryander had not access to the first edition or... [more]

Missing from Tucson, AZ


Bezalel silver binding with 4 blue stones and etched designs, c. 1920, housing a Hebrew Bible, approximately 5” x 4”. Owner thinks book was inscribed – possibly in Hebrew – to “Albert” or “Eliezer,” Reported stolen in Tucson, AZ in January 2016. Book was possibly sold to a pawn shop in Tucson, AZ and subsequently sold by the pawn broker. Please report any information to David Waxman at Estates of Mind (on behalf of the owner). Email: Tel: (516) 487-5160. [more]