Feb. 19th, 2007

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I owe book updates, since I've finished at least a couple since my last entry, I'm sure. But I've got to finish checking an index for a kid's book I'm editing before I go to bed tonight, so I'm dropping in just to offer this: a ten year old article from Harvard Magazine about book theft. I saw a tv show tonight about a guy named Stephen Blumberg who stole over 23,000 rare books from university libraries all over North America. Everybody but me has probably heard about this guy, but I was fascinated. He was independently wealthy and didn't sell any of the volumes. They were all for his own collection, for which he purchased a house in Iowa (but no climate control systems, it would appear - shame!). He was finally caught when an accomplice, who had been nabbed on drug charges, ratted him out. Anyway, I found the article very interesting, and it includes some hilarious curses that monasteries of the middle ages would put on their books to punish thieves and those who turn the corners of books down.

There's a book that includes a chapter on Blumberg called A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes and the Eternal Passion for Books which I'm planning to pick up (but return promptly and in good condition!) from my local library tomorrow.

And now, to index . . .

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