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…]

The following book is missing after having been marked as delivered to Marc Kuritz of Churchill Book Collector in San Diego on July 22nd: Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence, copy #313/750 of the limited issue of the first British trade edition, published by Jonathan Cape in 1935. Two images are attached; please contact the firm if you know the whereabouts of this item: Churchill Book Collector, ABAA | ILAB | IOBA San Diego, California, U.S.A. / 619.384.7992 [more Missing in Transit to San Diego: Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence]

The following three books are missing as a result of fraudulent orders from the UK (London). If you are offered these items, please contact Marc Younger of Aleph-Bet Books: Marc Younger Aleph-Bet Books, Inc. Phone (914) 764-7410 e-mail: RACKHAM'S PETER PAN IN DUST WRAPPER (RACKHAM,ARTHUR)illus. PETER PAN IN KENSINGTON GARDENS by J.M. Barrie. London: Hodder & Stoughton, no date . Large 4to (9 x 11 1/8"), green, textured, gilt pictorial cloth, 125 numbered pages, some offsetting and a few oxidation spots on endpapers else a FINE COPY IN THE PUBLISHER'S DUST WRAPPER WITH A MOUNTED COLOR PLATE (plate reproduces #50 from the book). First edition of Rackham's enlarged edition, later issue with plain endpapers and title printed in 1 color. This edition has a new color plate done for this edition, plus there are 7 fullpage black and whites not in the 1906 edition. In all, illustrated by Rackham with 50 mounted color plates with tissue guards and with 7 full page black and whites. This is a nice, bright copy of one of Rackham's most desired titles. (Latimore / Haskell p.40, Riall p. 114.) ** (#39078) DAHL SIGNED / LIMITED EDITION DAHL,ROALD. BOY: Tales of childhood. NY: Farrar Straus Giroux (1984). 8vo (6 1/4 x 9 1/2"), cloth, narrow publisher's flaw line in cloth on front cover else Fine in slipcase. NUMBER 61 OF A LIMITED EDITION OF ONLY 200 NUMBERED COPIES SIGNED BY DAHL . Stories from Dahl's childhood, illustrated with photos. ** (#17888) DAHL'S GREMLINS DAHL,ROA... [more Missing Rackham and Dahl material]

The following item went missing during transit after passing Canadian customs: ERASMUS, Desiderius. Institutio principis christiani, saluberrimis referta praeceptis, per Erasmum Roterodam, ab eodem recognita. Praecepta Isocratis de regno administrado ad Nicoclem regem eodem interprete. Cologne: Ex officina Eucharij Ceruicorni (colophon: Impensis M. Godefridi Hittorpij), May 1529. 8vo, pp. With fine woodcut title after Hans Holbein and woodcut white on black initials; contemporary owner's inscription on title-page crossed out; Latin inscription on first page of text in a contemporary hand; some light foxing. Early vellum over boards. BOUND WITH ERASMUS, D. Epistolae familiares propter singularem elegantiam & argumenti materiam Scholis & adolescentum studiis captuique accommodatae ex omnibus, quas reliquit, literis summo doctissimorum iudicio segregatae. Basel; B. Westheimer, 1538. , 477 (i.e. 479) pp. With woodcut printer's device at end. Some light marginal foxing. BOUND WITH ERASMUS, D. Pars prima (- secunda) breviorum aliquod ... epistolarum quæ iam nunc collatione magni operis epistolarum sunt emendatæ. Cologne; J. Gymnicus, 1536. leaves; leaves. With woodcut printer's device on title pages and woodcut 2 (of 3) parts. Some light marginal foxing. I. Early and scarce edition (1st: Basel, 1516) of one Erasmus' major works. "The Institutio principis christiani, written for the future Emperor Charles V and treating of the duties of kingship, is an important statement by a lea... [more Lost in Transit: An Early Erasmus Sammelband of Student’s Texts]

UPDATE: This has been recovered. Someone Like You by Roald Dahl First Edition. Signed by the author and dated Nov. 11, 1953. A card inscribed by Patricia Neal (signed “Pat”) presenting the book is laid in. Very good plus in a very good dust jacket. Queen's Quorum. If offered, please contact Peter Stern at Peter Stern & Co., Inc. Phone (617) 542-2376 [more Missing: Someone Like You by Roald Dahl]