[ISHMap-List] List of maps found missing as a result of the Smileyaffair
jbpost2 at verizon.net
Fri Jun 20 00:36:02 CEST 2014
At the moment, I am reading Donna Leon's BY ITS COVER (Grove/Atlantic,
2014) which is a mystery set in Venice concerning the theft of maps & other
illustrations from rare books. I find it a strange coincidence that her
topic fits so well with the issuing of Blanding's book.
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From: "Tony Campbell" <tonycampbellockendon at gmail.com>
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Subject: [ISHMap-List] List of maps found missing as a result of the
> Further on Michael Blanding's/The Map Thief: the gripping story of an
> esteemed rare-map dealer who made millions stealing priceless maps/(New
> York: Gotham Books, 2014).
> Apart from the author's psychological insights intoForbes
> Smiley'scharacter and motivation, the book also contains valuable
> appendixes. The first (pp.223-232) lists the 'Maps Smiley admitted
> stealing'. Of considerably greater value, is the second (pp.233-48,
> itemising the 'Additional maps libraries reported missing'. As explained
> in the note (p.291) this was based on the list compiled by John Woram.
> However, and this is the significant bit:
> "I have supplemented this list with my own research and reporting,
> verifying the information whenever possible with the curators at the
> institutions, most of whom were very open to assisting me. I also visited
> each of the six affected institutions and examined the books and maps
> themselves, in most cases personally viewing and photographing the items
> that have been recovered. While inevitably there may be errors in the
> listing, the final lists are as close to definitive as I have been able to
> make them."
> Even if rare map dealers do not acquire the book they should certainly
> make sure to have those lists beside them when considering a future
> purchase of any similar item listed there. Otherwise the requirement for
> 'due diligence' will not have been met.
> Tony Campbell
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