Rare and valuable atlases, maps, and large plate books that show the colorful breadth of Western civilization have been stolen from the rare books room of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Oakland. The theft of 314 items includes a first edition of Isaac Newton’s “Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica” from London, dated 1687. Also missing are a first edition of Adam Smith’s book “The Wealth of Nations,” a three-volume set by Thomas L. McKenney and James Hall, titled “History of The Indian Tribes of North America,” and John James Audubon’s oversized book “The Quadrupeds of North America,” an octavo edition of his illustrations of four-footed mammals published in the 1850s in New York City, and “The North American Indian,” a photographic record of native American cultures created by Edward Curtis from 1907 to 1930. These examples only touch the surface of the losses.

The Manuscript Society has many members who are also collectors of books and we are all concerned about the loss of these precious items. We request our members to keep an eye out for them.  For complete story http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/books/2018/03/19/Carnegie-Library-rare-atlases-maps-books-Japanese-prints-stolen-Oliver-Room/stories/201803190007

The Antiquarian Booksellers of America Association has an article with the contact information with law enforcement. https://www.abaa.org/blog/post/pittsburgh-area-thefts 

For a pdf list of the missing pieces. Carnegie Library Stolen Items.

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