SCIENTIST, SCHOLAR & SCOUNDREL.; A Bibliographical Investigation of the Life and Exploits of Count Guglielmo Libri. Mathematician, Journalist, Patriot, Historian of Science, Paleographer, Book Collector, Bibliographer, Antiquarian Bookseller, Forger and Book Thief. Jeremy M. Libri Norman, Guglielmo - Subject, 1803 - 1869.

SCIENTIST, SCHOLAR & SCOUNDREL.; A Bibliographical Investigation of the Life and Exploits of Count Guglielmo Libri. Mathematician, Journalist, Patriot, Historian of Science, Paleographer, Book Collector, Bibliographer, Antiquarian Bookseller, Forger and Book Thief.

New York: The Grolier Club, 2013. 1st Edition. xxii, 176, [2] pp (including Index). Illustrated. 8vo. Printed blue paper covers. Nr Fine. Item #50526

"Guglielmo Libri Carucci dalla Sommaja was an Italian count and mathematician, who became known for his love and subsequent theft of ancient and precious manuscripts. Appointed the Inspector of Libraries in France, Libri began stealing the books he was responsible for, fleeing to England when the theft was discovered, along with 30,000 books and manuscripts inside 18 trunks. He was sentenced in France to 10 years in jail in absentia; some of the stolen works were returned when he died, but many remained missing." [Wiki]

Herein, noted antiquarian bookseller Jeremy Norman examines the theft, et al. A fascinating read.

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