[ISHMap-List] On the trail of Martha’s Vineyard’s rare map thief

Joel Kovarsky joel at theprimemeridian.com
Fri May 23 20:32:49 CEST 2014

The subject line is the title of an online article by Michael Blanding 
in this Sunday's issue of the _Boston Globe_'s magazine: 
. The piece closes:

        "...David Cobb, former curator of the Harvard Map Collection,
        will never forget a conference he attended in Guatemala a few
        years after Smiley’s thefts. Giving a talk about security to a
        few dozen map collectors, he asked, “Do any of you think you
        have stolen maps in your collection?” None of them raised their

        Next Cobb asked, “Would any of you refuse to purchase a stolen
        map if you knew it was stolen?” Again, none of them raised their

This piece was adapted from Blanding's soon-to-be-released work, already 
known to many on this list, _The Map Thief_, shortly to be released by 
Gotham Books.

                          Joel Kovarsky

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