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Author McDade, Travis.

Title Thieves of Book Row : New York's Most Notorious Rare Book Ring and the Man Who Stopped It / Travis McDade.

Publication Info. Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2013]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    090.904 MCDA    Available
Description xi, 216 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-210) and index.
Contents The Antics of the Leading Industrials -- The Accumulated Wisdom -- A Purloined Poe -- Scholarship and Investigation -- The Boston Scene -- Someone Qualified as a Bookman -- The People of the State of New York and their Dignity -- That's the End of the Rare Book.
Summary The goods were kept in a secure room under constant scrutiny, deep inside a crowded building with guards at the exits. In the Depression, some fellows were willing to try anything-- even a heist in the rare book room of the New York Public Library. McDade tells the gripping tale of the worst book-theft ring in American history, and the intrepid detective who brought it down. The goods: a first edition of Edgar Allan Poe's Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane and Minor Poems. A fascinating look at the history of crime and literary culture.
Subject Rare books -- History -- 20th century.
Thieves -- Literary collections.
Art thefts -- New York (State) -- New York.
Rare books -- New York (State) -- New York.
New York Public Library -- History -- 20th century.
Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849 -- Manuscripts.
Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849 -- Library resources.
ISBN 9780199922666 (hardcover : acid-free paper)
0199922667 (hardcover : acid-free paper)
9780190239718 (pbk.)
0190239719 (pbk.)

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