Thwarting Book Thieves

September 16, 2015 – Media Mention
American Libraries Magazine

Howard Spiegler was quoted in an article about the numerous instances of theft of rare books, maps and other cultural property from national libraries and other repositories around the world. The article describes the recent conference “Written Heritage of Mankind in Peril,” which took place at the British Library in London, which Howard helped organize and was attended by over a hundred librarians, rare-book dealers, lawyers, and law enforcement officials. Howard stated: “Every institution that houses rare books, manuscripts, and maps is potentially subject to theft. The potential theft and illicit trafficking of rare books, maps, and manuscripts looted from [national] and other libraries and similar repositories is a global problem that could threaten the preservation of the recorded history of mankind.”