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The Man Who Loved Books Too Much

Allison Bartlett Hoover

People have been collecting—and stealing—books since before Gutenberg invented the printing press. Internationally, according to Interpol, rare book theft is more widespread than fine art theft. Although dealers will tell you "every rare book is a stolen book," the stories of these heists have remained quiet, shielded by an insular community of book dealers and book collectors that prefers to keep its losses secret.

Book Group: 
Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 7:00 pm