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  • [+] More Taking our book sleuthing to a new level in 2017… Books returned to New South Wales Library 


    Taking our book sleuthing to a new level in 2017… Books returned to New South Wales Library
    Published since 23 Feb 2017
    This article was first published on the website of Archives Fine Books in Australia, member of ANZAAB and affiliated to ILAB. It is published here with the permission of the author Dawn Albinger and shows the integrity of our trade. 

    Taking our book sleuthing to a new level in 2017…

    …OR,

    How we cracked the cold case of a book missing from the rare books department of a major institution.

     

  • [+] More In the Press - Employee Held in Paris National Library Theft 


    Published since 23 Jul 2015

    Only a few months ago the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) had to report the theft of a considerable number of works by Pieter Bruegel along with rare and valuable maps and atlases. The BnF immediately got into contact with the European libraries and with the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB). An ILAB security message was sent out to all affiliates worldwide, the theft was announced on the ILAB Stolen Books Database. Now the French police reports that the thief has been caught.

  • [+] More In the Press - US Returns To Sweden Millions in Antique Books Stolen by Suicidal Librarian 


    In the Press - US Returns To Sweden Millions in Antique Books Stolen by Suicidal Librarian
    Published since 13 Jul 2015

    In the 1990s rare and valuable 17th century books were stolen from the National Library of Sweden. Now some of them have been returned to Sweden with the help of two American antiquarian booksellers. The official repatriation ceremony took place in Manhattan, New York. (Reblogged from The Art Newspaper)

  • [+] More The Written Heritage of Mankind in Peril: Theft, Retrieval, Sale and Restitution of Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts 


    The Written Heritage of Mankind in Peril: Theft, Retrieval, Sale and Restitution of Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts
    Published since 30 Jun 2015

    Do we need more drastic measures to prevent the theft of books, maps, manuscripts and other art on paper? On 26 June 2015 internationally renowned experts – librarians, archivists, lawyers, auctioneers and rare book dealers – discussed one of the global problems of the antiquarian book trade in the 21st century: the theft of books, manuscripts and prints from public collections such as, in recent years, the Girolamini Library in Naples, the National Library of Sweden, the Danish Royal Library in Copenhagen and, right now, from the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris. “Thefts of rare books, maps and manuscripts from libraries are a growing, global problem”, the Art Newspaper summarizes. “The portable nature of these works and the fact that many libraries lack up-to-date catalogues of their sizable collections - some of which were assembled centuries ago - make them prime targets. Two weeks before the conference, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France announced that several 16th- and 17th-century engravings by Brueghel as well as atlases dating from the 16th to 18th centuries had been stolen from its collection. An investigation is currently underway.“ ILAB President Norbert Donhofer was invited to speak at the conference at the British Library, which will be followed up by another international meeting in New York in 2016.

  • [+] More De Caro and the Girolamini Thefts - Germany returns books seized at Munich auction house in May 2012 


    De Caro and the Girolamini Thefts - Germany returns books seized at Munich auction house in May 2012
    Published since 12 Feb 2015

    Recent news concerning the Girolamini thefts and the ongoing investigations: In an official press release the Bavarian authorities announce that they will return some 500 books which were confiscated at the Munich auction house Zisska & Schauer (now Zisska & Lacher) in May 2012 in connection with the thefts from the Girolamini Library in Naples.  The books dating from 16th and 17th centuries and worth over 2 million euros will be handed over to Italian judicial authorities in Munich on 13th February 2015.

  • [+] More The Real Friends of Rare Books – A comment on two excellent articles by Fabrizio Govi and Daniele Danesi 


    The Real Friends of Rare Books – A comment on two excellent articles by Fabrizio Govi and Daniele Danesi
    Published since 17 Nov 2014

    On Sunday, November 9th, Il Sole 24 Ore devoted an entire page to recent problems in the Italian rare book trade, featuring two excellent articles by Daniele Danesi and Fabrizio Govi. These articles moved me to speak a few words prior to the Bloomsbury Rome auction of November 12, with its books “released from confiscation” ("dissequestrati"). Had he not been abroad, I am certain that Fabrizio, who succeeded me as president of the ALAI in 2010, would have done exactly the same. I recognize that in this time of severe economic crisis and in the aftermath of the “Girolamini Affair” and related criminal activities, Fabrizio has demonstrated outstanding leadership in speaking out on behalf of ALAI members, and defending them against irresponsible allegations and harassment by Italian authorities.

  • [+] More DE CARO AND THE GIROLAMINI THEFTS – More from Italy 


    DE CARO AND THE GIROLAMINI THEFTS – More from Italy
    Published since 11 Nov 2014

    Recent news on the Girolamini thefts: Marino Massimo de Caro had given an interview to an Italian newspaper in which he accused antiquarian booksellers and auctioneers to manipulate valuable books – scratching out stamps, removing old ownership labels and/or gluing those to others. ILAB and ALAI refused to file a law-suit against both the reporter and Mr De Caro for giving such a scandalous interview, but the President of ALAI, Fabrizio Govi, and the former Director of the Italian National Libraries, Dr Daniele Danesi, have responded to it in a serious and widely read newspaper in Italy. Read the following letter to the Presidents of ILAB’s member associations, by ILAB President Norbert Donhofer:

  • [+] More DE CARO AND THE GIROLAMINI THEFTS – More from Italy 


    DE CARO AND THE GIROLAMINI THEFTS – More from Italy
    Published since 31 Oct 2014

    Recent news concerning the Girolamini thefts in Naples (Italy) and the ongoing investigations: As a further reaction to ILAB's official note of protest published in August 2014 ILAB President Norbert Donhofer and ALAI President Fabrizio Govi received an official letter from the Italian authorities. Read more ...

  • [+] More Books stolen from the Cappuccini Library in Florence 


    Published since 21 Oct 2014

    A number of books has been stolen from the Cappuccini Library in Florence (Italy), among them are rare incunabula and 16th century printed books. The attached list contains book descriptions as well as pictures of the library stamps and other provenances. If you come across of one or more of the items listed in the pdf file, please contact Fabrizio Govi, President of ALAI, or Susanna Vannocci.

    Download file: 1473_Capuccini list.pdf
  • [+] More De Caro and the Girolamini Thefts - List of the books withdrawn from auction No 59 at Zisska & Schauer in May 2012 


    De Caro and the Girolamini Thefts - List of the books withdrawn from auction No 59 at Zisska & Schauer in May 2012
    Published since 02 Sep 2014

    Following our strategy to bringing as much light as possible in the Girolamini thefts, the Committee had asked the Munich based auction house Zisska & Lacher (formerly Zisska & Schauer) to provide us with a list of the books which had been confiscated or withdrawn from their auction No 59 in May of 2012 (the books from the Girolamini library). The auction house had agreed to sending us such a list, but, unfortunately, they could provide us only with a hard paper copy. The reason for this is that the PC of the then responsible manager – Herbert Schauer – had been confiscated by the Bavarian Police as well, and no other electronic copy of this list was available.

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