Rare Book Experts Join Forces to Stop Tome Raiders
Howard Spiegler was quoted in The Guardian regarding the increase in thefts of rare books, maps and manuscripts from national libraries. "Thefts are a real problem that plagues almost all national libraries," Spiegler said. "It goes beyond the actual monetary value of these works because really they're priceless. Once they're lost, a good chunk of a country's history is lost." Spiegler said that library insiders who are able to cover their tracks are often found responsible for these thefts. Herrick is helping to organize an upcoming conference on the topic at the British Library titled "The Written Heritage of Mankind in Peril."