Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 240. Thursday, 1 October 1992.
From: Hardy M. Cook
Date: Thursday, Oct. 1, 1992
Subject: Announcement Concerning Books Stolen from Folger Library
[The following announcement originally appeared on HUMANIST and is used
with the submitter's permission. --hmc]
Date: Wed, 23 Sep 92 15:14:01 -0400
Subject: Inquiry re missing books
At the request of Special Agent Robert Bazin, Federal Bureau of Inves-
tigation, I am asking for information on MISSING copies of:
Isaac Newton, *Philosophia naturalis principia* . . .
[with commentary by Thomas Le Seur and Francis Jacquier]
Geneva: Barrillot & Filii, 1739 [vol. 1], 1740 [vol. 2]
These two (of three) volumes turned up in the wake of Mr. Stuart Adelman,
after his arrest; he has pled guilty to interstate transportation of stolen
property in regard to theft of materials from The Folger Shakespeare
Library. Agent Bazin is trying to establish who owns these two volumes.
He is also concerned to establish ownership of a copy of volume 5 (only) of
a 9-volume set that was found at Folger after Mr. Adelman's departure; it
is not, however, Folger property:
Mme. de Lussan, *Histoire et regne de Charles VI* . . .
We have not seen the Lussan. The Newton volumes, however, are contempor-
aneously bound in mottled calf, with gilt spines and red and gold leather
labels, marbled endpapers, and red edges. They have old paper labels for
their pressmarks (no longer visible) at the base of their spines.
Agent Bazin can be reached, IF you have information about copies of these
books you KNOW to missing, at the Philadelphia FBI office: 215 829 2742
(or general exchange 2700). If you prefer, you can contact me at one of
the addresses below (but I will NOT BE HERE until Monday of next week).
Thank you for whatever help you can provide.
Daniel Traister, Curator of Special Collections
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206
215 898 7088 (phone); 215 898 0559 (fax)