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February 21st, 2011

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Roban herencia cultural de cantante de tangos argentino Edmundo Rivero.

Cartas manuscritas de los escritores Jorge Luis Borges y Julio Cortázar, grabaciones inéditas y obras de arte, parte de la herencia del cantante de tangos Edmundo Rivero, fueron robados en Argentina, informó este viernes el hijo del artista fallecido hace 25 años.
El robo ocurrió entre el 29 de enero y el 6 de febrero en una casa de la localidad de Ramos Mejía, periferia oeste de Buenos Aires, donde estaban depositados los bienes, según el relato del hijo, Edmundo ‘Muni’ Rivero, también cantante de tangos.
“Era el patrimonio cultural, que además es un sentimiento del pueblo”, se lamentó.
“Había manuscritos de Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, cartas de los reyes de España y toda la historia del Viejo Almacén”, un tradicional lugar de tango creado por Edmundo Rivero en 1969 y transformado en uno de los atractivos turísticos porteños, describió.
Agregó que “tenía desde bicicletas a retratos de mi padre hechos por (los artistas plásticos Antonio) Berni, (Raúl) Soldi y caricaturas de (Hermenegildo) Sábat. Cuando necesitaba algo pasaba a buscarlo. La casa estaba siempre bien cerrada”.
“De 250 cajas que había, sólo quedan 15”, dijo.
Precisó que la casa había sido prestada por una amiga de su hija y el 29 de enero pasado, un vecino les avisó que un hombre había ingresado y vivía allí, lo que llevó a una denuncia por usurpación.
Una semana más tarde, el vecino advirtió que un camión de mudanzas estaba saliendo y entrando de la casa, y al ir al lugar con la policía sólo pudieron parar el último traslado.
Este año se cumplen 100 años del nacimiento de Rivero, quien murió el 18 de enero de 1986 a los 74 años.

February 21st, 2011

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Brunner’s interest in the story was sparked by an article written by young Israeli academic Gish Amit who stumbled across books while researching his Ph.D. According to Mr Amit, the library “collected” the books from the private collections of Palestinians who fled or were expelled from their homes in 1948.

Benny Brunner is now recreating what he calls the “looting” of the books in a documentary, The Great Book Robbery. He hopes eventually to locate the original owners of the books. One witness he has spoken to is Nasser Eldin Al Nashashibi, a member of a well-known family of intellectuals in Jerusalem, who was in his 20s in 1948:

“Our books were stolen from my house here. They were looted by Jews. I saw that with my own eyes”.

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December 28th, 2010

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Brunner’s interest in the story was sparked by an article written by young Israeli academic Gish Amit who stumbled across books while researching his Ph.D. According to Mr Amit, the library “collected” the books from the private collections of Palestinians who fled or were expelled from their homes in 1948.

Benny Brunner is now recreating what he calls the “looting” of the books in a documentary, The Great Book Robbery. He hopes eventually to locate the original owners of the books. One witness he has spoken to is Nasser Eldin Al Nashashibi, a member of a well-known family of intellectuals in Jerusalem, who was in his 20s in 1948:

“Our books were stolen from my house here. They were looted by Jews. I saw that with my own eyes”.

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December 28th, 2010

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These are the faces of two people being sought by police after they apparently walked off with a first edition Harry Potter book worth £6,000 from an exhibition.

The couple allegedly distracted gallery staff before snatching the hardback copy of The Philosopher’s Stone from its glass display case.

The book’s devastated owner now believes the rare edition – one of just 400 to be printed before the adventures of the boy wizard became a publishing phenomenon – has already surfaced on the London book market.

The couple allegedly distracted gallery staff before snatching the hardback copy of The Philosopher’s Stone from its glass display case

The theft comes as the first instalment of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, hits the big screen later this week.

The book, the first in the popular Harry Potter series that has netted author JK Rowling more than £500million, had been part of an exhibition of children’s illustrations at the Creative Art Gallery in Woodstock, Oxon.

It is owned by Oxford book dealer Adrian Greenwood who had loaned the restored copy, one of four first editions he owns, to the gallery for its Art You Grew Up With exhibition.

‘This one was worth £6,000 – it was a first edition that was library stock,’ said the book dealer.

‘It is very unusual and whoever stole it will have a terrible time selling it.

‘It is restored and we have photos of exactly where it has been restored so it is easy to identify.’

Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, the book that introduced the young wizard to legions of fans around the globe, tells of Harry’s quest to retrieve the powerful stone protected by a three-headed dog.

However, unlike the fictional stone, the rare tome was not guarded by a mythical beast and the thief swiped the book as his female accomplice kept look out.

It happened at 1.30pm on Saturday, October 30, at the gallery in Oxford Street, Woodstock, and police have released CCTV images of two people they want to speak to in connection with the incident.

Rare: The first edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was one of just 400 originally printed

Mr Greenwood has a further three copies of the rare first edition, one of which is signed by the author and is up for sale with a £19,950 price tag.

He said book dealers and auction houses had been informed of the edition, printed in 1997 and he believed it had already been offered for sale.

‘A dealer in London had one offered to them by someone who left a fake phone number,’ he said.

Police constable Geoffrey Allen said: ‘I believe this was an opportunist crime and the offenders took advantage of the gallery assistant being occupied by a group of people.

‘The owner of the book is very keen for it to be recovered and we are appealing for anyone who recognises the two people in the CCTV images to call us.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1329819/Rare-Harry-Potter-book-worth-6-000-stolen-art-gallery.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

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November 17th, 2010

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Police: Student stole books from Moritz Law Library to sell on Amazon
By Ally Marotti

marotti.5@osu.edu

Published: Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Updated: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 22:11

Police say an Ohio State law student stole books from the Moritz Law Library and sold them on Amazon.com Inc. for almost $10,300.

The suspect has sold about 232 books since becoming a seller in January and still has about 1,351 for sale, according to court documents. Prices range from $15 to $200 per book.

The Lantern will not name the suspect, as he has not yet been charged with a crime.

Detective Peter Dragonette of OSU Police, who is in charge of the case, said the suspect has been taking books from the law library in Drinko Hall for about a year.

A Brazilian attorney was the first to realize something was wrong. Juliana Bertin purchased a law book from Orion Bookstore, an Amazon seller, in July. When she received the book, she noticed crossed-out OSU Moritz Law Library stamps inside the front cover.

Bertin e-mailed Bruce Johnson, associate dean for Information Services at the OSU Moritz College of Law, who confirmed that the law library had the book in its collection and that it should be available. When Johnson checked to see if the book was on the shelf, it was missing.

“The credit to this case goes to” Bertin, Dragonette said, who launched an investigation after Johnson discovered that the book was missing.

Police noticed that many of the books listed for sale by the online seller were available in the law library and were still on the shelves. They also found out from Bertin that the return address for the book she bought was in Columbus.

Dragonette conducted a sting where he told a relative out of state to purchase a book in the law library. Dragonette installed a hidden camera aimed at the aisle containing the book and marked the volume with an ultraviolet pen. The camera captured video of the suspect, a man in athletic shorts and wearing a backpack, taking the book and leaving the building without checking it out. When the out-of-state relative received the book and returned it to Dragonette, police identified it as the volume taken from OSU.

Dragonette said all the stolen books were from the law library.

Police searched the suspect’s residence last week and took a laptop computer and other electronics – as well as a manila envelope containing OSU law library stickers, according to court documents. Detectives interviewed the suspect Tuesday and told him to stop selling books immediately.

Dragonette has been at OSU for 17 years and said he has never seen a case like this. Johnson said he couldn’t remember a similar case, either.

“I cannot say that we’ve never had a book taken from the collection with the intent never to return it and sell it to someone else,” Johnson said. “As far as I know, there has been no previous theft like this.”

Johnson said he was disheartened by the theft.

“Any time that part of the library collection is removed like this, it does have a negative effect, particularly on scholarship,” Johnson said.

If indicted, the suspect will face fourth-degree felony theft charges.

“The plan at this point is for the suspect to make restitution,” Dragonette said. “There’s no way for us to retrieve the books. People all over the country or the world have purchased these books … and it’s not very conceivable to get them back.”

Moritz College of Law representatives and staff would not comment for this story.

http://www.thelantern.com/campus/police-student-stole-books-from-moritz-law-library-to-sell-on-amazon-1.1741629

November 5th, 2010

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