Have you ever wondered how a person gets hooked on collecting? Maybe it is the first autograph you got from a sports figure. Maybe it was a chance opportunity on the subway, at an airport or in a restaurant. Once you are bitten you are often hooked. Manuscript Society member Ed Bomsey tells his story. […]

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Manuscript Society President, Allen Ottens, introduces the new David Chesnutt Editor for Manuscripts to the membership. “Let me introduce Bradley D. Cook as the next David R. Chesnutt Editor of Manuscripts. After having been chosen from a nation-wide pool of applicants.  Brad will soon take over the editorial duties from Michael Dabrishus who has served […]

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It may be the largest theft in library history. In March 2018 news of the theft broke in the Post-Gazette.  One June 28th hundreds of documents were unsealed by the court and now indictments have been issued. Here is the latest information as reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. http://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2018/07/20/Two-men-charged-with-stealing-8-million-rare-books-Carnegie-Library-Greg-Priore-John-Schulman/stories/201807190205  

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Hundreds of pages of documents were unsealed in the Allegheny County Common Pleas Court, Thursday, June 28th, highlighting the magnitude of the theft of documents and books from the Carnegie Library. Documents released state, Gregory Priore, former archivist of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and John Schulman, co-owner of Caliban Book Shop are under investigation […]

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In this piece spotlighting long time members of the Society, society Vice President, Allen Ottens interviews Rick Schnake, founder of History In Ink. Rick is a Springfield, Missouri, attorney, student of history, and current president of the Professional Autograph Dealers Association. He shared his perspectives on collecting and dealing in inked history. In what areas […]

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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 […]

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