The Book Thief: Unfortunately, this is Real Life

Last month, Taubman Health Sciences Library moved its final collection of books still housed on campus to the off-site storage location.  These books are not lost though, all you need do is request them via MIRLYN to your desired library pick-up location.

Nápoles: Chiesa dei Girolamini
Nápoles: Chiesa dei Girolamini (2012) by jrgcastro on Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Unfortunately, the Girolamini Library in Naples has lost many irreplaceable books and authorities are now trying to figure out how the large scale theft occurred and possible methods for finding these volumes.    A lack of a library catalog (the importance of cataloging for any prospective informationist/librarian can not be discounted peers!) has impeded requests for a complete list, stolen by the library’s former director.

“This is the biggest books scandal to hit in the past 150 or 200 years,” said Fabrizio Govi, the president of the Italian Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association, adding that nothing of this scope had happened since the case of Count Guglielmo Libri, a 19th-century Italian collector who absconded with books on a grand scale…

But questions of provenance have grown, thanks partly to the Naples case. Last year, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers issued a warning for buyers and sellers to check any Italian books from the 15th through 17th centuries purchased in the first half of 2012, in case they had been removed from the Girolamini. (from NY Times Article)

For more information on Rare Books, here are some local and international sources.

Also, as I took the blog post title from it, let me put in a very enthusiastic plug for Markus Zusak’s young adult novel The Book Thief to go on your to-read list during any down time this holiday season.

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