Yesterday I received my usual monthly email from ICON dispensing the latest conservation news, upcoming events, lectures and conferences and other information. One of the other pieces of information was a theft from The National Archives, two early printed books appear to have been stolen from their library. Both were cut or pulled from their cases, leaving empty bindings behind. The email went on to say that there is a possibility that the thief will be looking for them to be rebound and asked that bookbinders keep a look out for them. The theft was also reported to the Antiquarian Booksellers Association who keep a database of stolen books.
It’s a sad thing to have to think about, but I suppose all libraries experience their fair share of theft. Apparently several of the Derry & Raphoe book have mysteriously gone missing over the years leaving holes in the catalogue. In some ways I guess that is now part of the history of the collection. Anyway, should you be asked to rebind either of the following books remember they would be much happier in their original covers at the National Archives.
– LEAKE, Stephen Martin
Nummi britannici historia : or, An historical account of English money, from the conquest to the uniting of the two kingdoms by King James I. and of Great Britain to the present time. With particular descriptions of each piece, and illustrated cuts of the more antient. A work hitherto unattempted … Particularly calculated for the benefit of the curious collector of English coin.
London : W. Meadows, 1726
– PETTUS, Sir John 1613-1690
Fodinæ regales : or, The history, laws and places of the chief mines and mineral works in England, Wales, and the English Pale in Ireland ; as also of the mint and mony : with a clavis explaining some difficult words relating to mines, &c.
London : Printed by H.L. & R.B. for Thomas Basset, 1670