As Part of My Continuing Effort…

… to duck grading (a dozen papers left for the day), I was interested when I read this article from Smithsonian Magazine on the Book of Faces today.

Thieves robbed a  warehouse in London late last month, and escaped with an estimated $2.5 million in rare books, including a Renaissance copy of Copernicus’s De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium worth a quarter-million or so. But here’s the cool part — something worthy of a pulp novel:

The rarity of the books would make them incredibly hard to unload on the open market, Cook notes, and investigators theorize that a wealthy collector known as “The Astronomer” may have hired the thieves to steal the books for him.

Man, I hope that person spends a lot of time sitting in a swivel chair, stroking a white Persian cat.

Of course, I’d be remiss at this point not to mention that one of the more celebrated book thefts in recent history took place at one of my undergrad institutions a few years back. But I have an alibi.

A tip of the Mondo Mortarboard to Edward G. Pettit.

About profmondo

Dad, husband, mostly free individual, medievalist, writer, and drummer. "Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche."
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