Friday, March 04, 2005

The Dangerous World of Rare Books

Did you hear about this? Some guys stole some rare books from a library in Kentucky and used a stun gun on the University Librarian. According to the library director, who posted the link to this story on a list serv, the librarian is doing okay.

http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/local/11047843.htm

Unfortunately, this sort of thing has happened elsewhere:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/565100.stm

There's a black market for this material and some even sell library books on ebay (I know, my husband has gotten some).

3 comments:

Sue Woodson said...

1. didn't the folks at Christie's think it the least bit odd the some 20 year old yahoos were trying to sell a 15th century manuscript?

2. I love the quote in the second article from the 'Church of Ireland librarian Harry Carson, "How they can live with themselves I don't know." My mother used to say that when we were kids and someone was mean to us--"Well, they'll have to live with that!" As I got older it became clearer and clearer that those guys really didn't have a problem living with that. Otherwise they wouldn't have done it in the first place. (I was a bit slow as a child.)

Susan said...

I think the yahoos got caught because of trying to go to Christie's...they don't sond like the brightest bulbs...

Data Wrangler said...

I thought it was interesting that one of the books they stole was a first edition of Darwin's On the origin of species. I hope that we will see natural selection at work when their DNA is kept out of the next generation by a long stretch in jail :-)