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Did a book bandit pilfer rarities from N.Y. Public Library?
Did a book bandit pilfer rarities from N.Y. Public Library?

Did the New York Public Library accidentally let a treasure trove of rare books and manuscripts go, or were they pilfered by a rare-books bandit? The case is unfolding in the courts of New York. It began when Margaret Tanchuck was going through her deceased parents' estate and discovered what appeared to be a cache of literary rarities at her father's jewelry store on Long Island. Last May, she took them to be appraised by Doyle New York, an auction house. Doyle identified a treasure trove, according to the N.Y. Post: A workbook by Ben Franklin, published by his printing house before 1776 and valued at more than $1 million; five Bibles from 1672 to 1861; and two...

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