We have received a report that the items pictured below were lost in transit in July 2017. They were originally purchased at auction and listed under the lot "'Shabbat Shuva' sermon in the handwriting of the Chatem Sofer." If you have any information on these items, please contact ABAA Headquarters at or (212) 944-8291. First Item: Second Item: [more Missing Items Lost in Transit]

A copy of The Maltese Falcon was reported stolen from Rhode Island. We were provided with the following details on this particular copy: Inscribed on the upper right-hand corner of the first page was "R Stackpole” and written just below was "to Carol” The book had no stains, no rips, no other writing, no fringe tears, and was wrapped in white tissue paper. Regarding the wrapping: #1) the colorful book-cover lightly enclosed in airy white tissue paper in its own box-the lid was exteriorly taped shut on all for corners and # 2) the book itself was loosely wrapped in white tissue paper and placed in its own airy lidded box; which was taped the same way. Both containers had written on the exterior tops, "VERY VALUABLE BOOK DO NOT OPEN" and underlined. If you have any information on this item, please contact Carol Cummings at (401) 846-2126 or her attorney Gordon Cleary at (401) 523-7726. [more Stolen: “The Maltese Falcon”]

UPDATE: This item has been located! 5/31/2019. Becker, George F. Atlas to Accompany the Monograph on the Geology of the Comstock Lode and the Washoe District. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1882. First edition. 21 sheets. Elephant Folio Very good. Small paper label on backstrip and front board. Contents clean and complete. This is the atlas to accompany the third monograph from the USGS. If offered, please contact: Ken Sanders Rare Books, ABAA at (801) 521-3819 or [more Atlas Missing from Chicago Map Fair]

UPDATE: These items have been recovered. On 29 March 2019, a box with 26 Japanese books went missing in Salt Lake City, UT. The books had been exhibited at the ARLIS/NA conference and were packed and sealed in a brown cardboard box, heavily taped and labeled, that was to be shipped by UPS Freight to Boston, MA. The box was issued a UPS Freight tracking number that was never activated. A list of the missing material is below. Please contact Boston Book Company if you have any information about the package or its contents: 617-522-2100 or 1. MORIGUCHI Tari, editor. HYÔGENSHUGI KENCHIKU ZUSHÛ. Tôkyô: Kyôyôsha, Taisho 12 25.4 x 18.8 cm. A portfolio, tied, of some 60 plates, on the topic of "EXPRESSIONIST ARCHITECTURE". Wonderful modernist designs, real and proposed, from the cutting edge of the architectural design of the period. The covers are a bit worn. The overall condition is good or better. A very unusual larger portfolio from the Kyôyôsha, the most central architectural publishing house of the day in Japan. (Inventory #90 2. ITAGAKI Takao, et al. SHINKÔ GEIJUTSU Tôkyô, Geibun-shoin. A complete six-issue set of the periodical 'Shinko Geijutsu', in 5 volumes (issues five and six were published together in one volume). 'Shinko Geijustu', translated as 'the new arts', or 'the avant-garde arts', was a magazine created by Itagaki Takaho (1894-1966), a Japanese art critic who pioneered Japanese cinema and photography study and influenced trends in m... [more Update: Missing Japanese Books, possibly in transit from Salt Lake City]

Two weeks ago a full trunk of medical material went missing from the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus, Ohio. The list of missing items can be found here. (You can visit the following link to view images of the books: If you have any information about the material listed, please contact Howard Rootenberg at (818) 788-7765 or [more Missing Trunk of Medical Items]

The following item has been reported missing: On April 20, a first edition/first printing of the first Nancy Drew book-- The Secret of the Old Clock-- was stolen from a locked case at a downtown Savannah antique mall. The book itself is a little over 1" thick, medium blue with pale pink capital letters outlined in black. Other than the lettering, the front of the book is plain; there is no Nancy Drew silhouette as in later printings. The endpapers are white and blank except for an inscription that is dated September 27, 1930. The title page has considerable foxing, and the book does not have a dust jacket. We have the thief on surveillance video, and a police report has been made with the Savannah Police Department (Case #190420124). The SPD contact is Officer Mosteller, and you can reach him at (912) 651-6990. If you have any information on the book or if it is offered to you, please call Officer Mosteller of the Savannah Police Department at (912) 651-6990 or Betsy Host-Theford at (912) 236-7115. [more Stolen: 1st Edition/1st Printing Nancy Drew Secret of the Old Clock]

Thrasher Skateboard Magazine. Vol. 1, no. 1 (January 1981) - vol. 1, no. 9 (September 1981) (complete run of early large-format issues). San Francisco: High Speed Productions, 1981 - . Nine issues, ca. 30 pp. each, comprising an ultra-scarce unbroken early run of what is unquestionably the most influential skateboarding magazine ever published. Small folio. Near fine. Illus. wrappers, color. Twisted. No. 3 (March 1978). Seattle, Wash.: 1977-1978. Single issue, ca. 48 pp. of the West Coast punk fanzine, illustrated throughout with photos by Kathy Hammond, Dag Rex, K. Leo and others. 4to. Near fine. Illus. stiff wraps, saddle stapled. Straight Edge. No. 1 1982) Hicksville, NY / Brooklyn: Straight Edge, 1982. First Edition. Single issue, unpaginated ca. 28 pp., of the hardcore punk fanzine. Near fine. Illus. stiff wraps, stab-stapled. Forced Exposure. Nos. 4-5 Waltham, Mass.: Forced Exposure, 1982-1983. Two early issues (ca. 22-26 pp. each) of the hardcore punk and underground culture magazine, illustrated throughout with original photography and graphic art. Very good condition, overall, with minor age-toning throughout. DIY graphics but saddle-stapled and commercially printed on stock. Nihongi, Satomi. Punk Rock in London. Documentary 1977-1979. Tokyo: Buronzu-Sha, 1979. First Edition. Unpaginated photobook with texts in English and Japanese as well as 101 full bleed black and white photos documenting the primal days of London's punk scene. Small 4to. Mint. Illus. d.j. over ca... [more Thrasher Magazine run and Punk Material Stolen from LA Art Book Fair]

The following item has been reported stolen: Tractatus De Attentatis Et Innovatis, etc. Printed in Rome, in 1576, by Vincentium Accoltum. 16th century book in Latin, Folio. Treatise on Italian civil and ecclesiastical law. Collates: A - I, K - T, V, X, Y, Z, AA- II, KK - TT, VV, XX, YY, ZZ, AAa - EEc, a-h, i, k. Page numbering anomalies in index but catchwords match. Original vellum binding over 16th century pasteboard, end papers intact, spine worn and missing leather on top and bottom, missing ties, both boards loosely attached, text block with some browning, but mostly clean, some dog-ears at end. If you have any information on this item, please contact Paul Dessau at [more Stolen: ‘Tractatus De Attentatis Et Innovatis…’]

It has been reported that Volume 4 of the following five volume set was missing during breakdown of the New York Fair and appears to have been stolen: Ernst, Max. Une Semaine de bonté, ou les sept éléments capitaux. Paris: Editions Jeanne Bucher, 1934. First edition. Blue printed wrappers. From the issue of 800 copies on Navarre paper, this is numbered Copy 61. The fourth volume from this set of five. Inscribed by Ernst to Gilbert Lély If you have any information on this item, please contact Tom Goldwasser at [more Stolen: Vol. 4 of Max Ernst’s ‘Une Semaine de bonté, ou les sept éléments capitaux’]

UPDATE: The books have been recovered. We received notice that the parish offices of Saint Dominic's Church in San Francisco were broken into and the church's Sacramental Records (series of leather-bound books) were stolen. Saint Dominic's Church is desperate to have the items returned and is offering a no questions asked reward to anyone who can facilitate the return of the items. If you are offered or have any information regarding these books, please contact Michael Rossi at, or 415-567-7824, x108. [more Stolen in San Francisco: Sacramental Records of Saint Dominic’s Church]