Dear Mr. Ton Cremers
Museum Security Network
According to the contacts we have made about who might help us alert the
international police, book sellers and bibliophiles regarding rare works
belonging to the Emilio Goeldi Museum of Pará, Brazil, that were recently
stolen and may be offered for sale by criminals on the antiquarian book and
art markets, you were indicated as a key person who could reach out to a
broad spectrum of rare book dealers.
I am attaching a list of the stolen items, which includes 65 volumes of 40
titles from the 17th to the early 20th centuries, concentrating on the
natural history of tropical America, with emphasis on South America. The
works include three separate works by Spix on Brazilian reptiles, frogs and
bats, Meriaen on Suriname insects, Cramer on exotic tropical lepidoptera,
and Piso on Brazilian plants, among other very rare and valuable works, both
in-folios and books.
If you could put a call out to your associates with the attached list, it
will be much appreciated. The Goeldi Museum, founded in 1866 in Belem at the
mouth of the Amazon, is an institution of the Brazilian Ministry of Science
and Technology, so investigations in Brazil are being carried out by the
Federal Police, and Interpol has been alerted, as well.
Even though the authorities have been advised, we also feel that the
collaboration of high-profile, reputable organizations such as yours is a
key to recovering these important parts of Brazil’s national archival
Thank you in advance for any help you may provide, including indicating the
names of other organizations you feel might provide us with assistance.
Director of Communications
Emilio Goeldi Museum of Pará
Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology Av. Gov. Magalhaes Barata, 376
– Sao Bras Belem – Para – Brazil 66040-170 Phone number: (55) 91-3249-6373
E-mail adress: email@example.com Internet site: www.museu-goeldi.br