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 Missing: Jack Warner’s copy of The Jazz Singer script]

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 Missing in Transit to NYC: 16th Work by RINGELBERG, JOACHIM FORTIUS]

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 en route to England: Tales of the Wild and Wonderful]

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 from Derbyshire, UK: Inscribed WWII edition of Winston Churchill’s My Early Life]

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 Missing in San Francisco]


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 Carnegie Library Theft]

The following items were stolen last weekend during a robbery in Roanoke, Virginia: Three volume Lord of the Rings, 1st edition in jackets. George Allen & Unwin, fourth, sixth and eighth impressions. Majesty of the Law, Easton Press. Signed by Sandra Day O'Connor. If you are offered or have any information on these items, please contact Linda Steadman at 540-985-6469. [more Stolen Books from Virginia]

A book sent from London to the William Reese Company in New Haven, CT has gone missing in shipment. It was sent in July, and almost certainly addressed to the wrong recipient (likely a bookseller in the United States). The book is Henri Joutel's JOURNAL HISTORIQUE DU DERNIER VOYAGE....Paris. 1713. It is 12mo., bound in contemporary French speckled calf, gilt arms of Louis-Francois-Armand, Duc de la Rochefoucauld stamped on front board, spine richly gilt, raised bands, gilt label. Inkstamp of the Bibliotheque de la Roche-Guyon on titlepage. If anyone has received this book by mistake, or has been offered this copy for purchase, please contact the Americana Department at the William Reese Company, at [more Missing in Transit: Henri Joutel’s JOURNAL HISTORIQUE DU DERNIER VOYAGE]

UPDATE: These items have been recovered. If you know the whereabouts of these items, please contact Larry O'Shaughnessy,, 800-627-3890 or 908-323-3686. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll, Illustrated by John Tenniel, Signed Full Leather Bayntun Binding Binding Details: A beautiful signed Bayntun binding featuring full leather polished calf boards with elaborate gilt decorations and titling in compartments on the spine that has five raised spine hubs. The front and rear covers contain gold gilt characters from the book, double gilt ruling to the boards with floral stops, inner and outer dentelles, marbled endpapers, and gold gilted page ends. The Bayntun Binders stamp appears on the top of the first free endpaper. Book Details: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was originally published in 1865 by Macmillan and Company and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There in 1872 by the same publisher. This is a later reprint (1953 for Alice in Wonderland and 1955 for Through the Looking Glass) by Macmillan and Company that contains the original text of both volumes as well as all of the original wood engraved illustrations by John Tenniel that were contained in the original editions. Measures approximately 7” x 5” with both books bound into this one volume. Condition Report: The binding is in FINE condition with very superficial surface wear. Internally, the book is very clean wit... [more Missing: Disney Gremlins and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland [and] Through the Looking Glass…]