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Today’s Issue:

  • The Carnegie Library theft is one of the most expensive book heists in history. But for rare-book lovers, not only money was lost. When you steal books, one librarian said, “you’re robbing the culture.”
  • This issue of The Masthead brings you a story of trust and betrayal in the world of rare books.

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The $8 Million Betrayal

By Karen Yuan

In the tiny world of rare books, the librarian Gregory Priore’s relationship with the bookseller John Schulman was something of an oddity. Librarians and book dealers tend to be natural adversaries—placing a book in a library takes it off the market, usually permanently. Priore’s novel idea for his role would lead to both men’s downfall: Instead of the books’ guardian, the librarian could be their liberator. For the right price.

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