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fine.books
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The Girolamini Library Thefts: a message from ILAB President Arnoud Gerits

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Quoted directly:



"Dear Colleagues,




Please read the following message carefully: it concerns a massive theft from an important library in Italy. As soon as more information becomes available we will inform you. Committee member Norbert Donhofer and Italian President Fabrizio Govi are working very hard to get all the necessary information, but in the meantime we must advise everyone to be careful and cautious:




Massive Thefts at the Girolamini Library in Naples




Shortly after the reopening of the Girolamini Library in Naples  in April of 2012 the Director, Marino Massimo de Caro, announced that 1500 books were missing (April 17). On April 20 the Library was  closed by the Naples Public Prosecutor. Marino Massimo de Caro has been suspended and was investigated for embezzlement. On May 18, 1000 books, 240 of which have ownership stamps from the Girolamini Library were found in storage in Massimo Marino de Caro’s home city of Verona, and on May 24 Mr. de Caro was arrested on the charge of embezzlement along with four others; a search warrant is out for a fifth. In the meantime Massimo Marino de Caro has confessed to the theft of thousands of books from the library and is cooperating with police in tracing them.


A number of stolen items from the library have been confiscated by the authorities in Munich (16 items), London (28 items), New York and Tokyo(uncertain numbers).




According to what is currently known and what Massimo Marino de Caro has confessed so far, it is very likely that the number of stolen books from the Girolamini Library is higher than 1500 but no definitive list of missing items has been published by Italian authorities so far. It appears also to be clear that the stolen books were spread out via the trade in several countries, in both Europe and elsewhere.




A number of the books can be recognized by a red library stamp (with a Madonna in the center) but not all books bear this stamp.




Italian authorities have requested assistance from the public prosecutor’s offices in several countries so far. They have also asked Interpol headquarters atLyon, France, for assistance.


We would therefore strongly advise our members to check their purchases of – mostly – Italian books from the 15th to the 17th centuries if these volumes were purchased  in the time period between  January to May of 2012.




We will provide our members with a list of stolen books from the Girolamini Library as soon as Italian authorities have published such a document. We hope to be able to provide you with a name and address within a short time that you can contact in case you have recently purchased books you have reason to believe may originate from this massive theft.



June 2, 2012



Arnoud Gerits


ILAB President"



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Frank Spellman has graciously provided an image of the library stamp for reference:






I'll add one more note: if you've purchased any early books recently which were wanting the title leaves, make a close examination of the last leaf for any sign of the library's ownership stamp having been eradicated.



As soon as the Italian authorities release the list, I'll be hosting a mirror site to the Stolen Books Database so titles can be checked by non-ABAA members.



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ksmrkt
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Quite awful. 


 


 

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blue*skies*ahead*
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What a nightmare.



:-(

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3841elizabeth
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Marino Massimo de Caro hasn't common sense.



What a dummy.



Liz



I'll  check my books to see if any belong to the Girolamini Library.:-)

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3841elizabeth
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La Biblioteca dei Girolamini



Beautiful library.



Liz

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fine.books
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Marino Massimo de Caro hasn't common sense.



What a dummy.







He's a long way from being "a dummy."  He worked and planned and ingratiated himself politically in order to place himself in a position to steal tens of millions of dollars worth of books, figured out all the logistics, and very nearly succeeded.



Write your best caption:






"Dees-a one ees-a leetle too beeg-a for-a my briefcase."



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3841elizabeth
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I still beleive he is a Dummy and a Whimp, to boot.



In this day and age, he would have never suceeded in this theft.



He gave up all.



Liz

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fine.books
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I still beleive he is a Dummy and a Whimp, to boot.



In this day and age, he would have never suceeded in this theft.



Liz





He was one day away from succeeding.  There are more than 60 countries with whom Italy has no reciprocal extradition agreement save for Capital Crimes, and had Zisska not caught on the day before the auction, he'd have been in the Canary Islands right now, sipping a margarita and lighting his Montecristo Churchills with 500€ notes.



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blue*skies*ahead*
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Was THIS the reason Zisska cancelled all those auctions?



http://forums.ebay.com/db1/topic/Booksellers/Important-If-Youre/5100070294?#msg5201194632



What a mess...

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fine.books
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Was THIS the reason Zisska cancelled all those auctions?



http://forums.ebay.com/db1/topic/Booksellers/Important-If-Youre/5100070294?#msg5201194632



What a mess...





Kate - see Post 30 on that thread.



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blue*skies*ahead*
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Got it.  I missed that.



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3841elizabeth
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Now we can add Common Thief to his list.



(He will have to pinch off 2 double handfuls from his lump of clay soul.)



Did no one check this guy's credentials?



Liz

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Liz, if you're actualy interested read this, which Joe posted some time ago:



http://www.corriere.it/International/english/articoli/2012/04/17/girolamini.shtml



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3841elizabeth
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Thanks. Will do.



Liz

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cornercube
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Reading his cv brought Hannibal Lector to mind. I'm not sure why, as a simple murderer would have done much less harm.


Google and Wikipedia are not substitutes for education or intelligence.
— cornercube, 2009

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Write your best caption:






"Dees-a one ees-a leetle too beeg-a for-a my briefcase."



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I think it's hard to beat the caption provided by these guys:



https://standrewsrarebooks.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/reflections-on-girolamini-libraries-funding-and-the-people-we-trust/




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3841elizabeth
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De Caro, curator Marsano, 3 Argentinians and 1 Ukrainian have been arrested for the theft of these books.



Makes one wonder how many more will be implicated.



Everyone have a good night.



Liz

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The Canary Islands?  No.



Spain does indeed extradite to Italy:  it's part of the EU treaty....

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Whomever allowed him access and position should be put out as well.

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greekdrama
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Whomever allowed him access and position should be put out as well.



It was his good pal, Silvio Berlusconi, the head of the country.  :smileyhappy:

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