Shortly after the reopening of the Girolamini Library in Naples in April of 2012 the Director, Marino Massimo de Caro, announced that 1500 books were missing (April 17). On April 20 the Library was closed by the Naples Public Prosecutor. Marino Massimo de Caro has been suspended and was investigated for embezzlement. On May 18, 1000 books, 240 of which have ownership stamps from the Girolamini Library were found in storage in Massimo Marino de Caro’s home city of Verona, and on May 24 Mr. de Caro was arrested on the charge of embezzlement along with four others; a search warrant is out for a fifth. In the meantime Massimo Marino de Caro has confessed to the theft of thousands of books from the library and is cooperating with police in tracing them.
A number of stolen items from the library have been confiscated by the authorities in Munich (16 items), London (28 items), New York and Tokyo(uncertain numbers). According to what is currently known and what Massimo Marino de Caro has confessed so far, it is very likely that the number of stolen books from the Girolamini Library is higher than 1500 but no definitive list of missing items has been published by Italian authorities so far. It appears also to be clear that the stolen books were spread out via the trade in several countries, in both Europe and elsewhere.
Bibliothèque humaniste à Sélestat (= Bibliothèque de l’Ecole Latine de Sélestat et Bibliothèque de l’ humaniste Beatus Rhenanus), fondée en 1452.
For the friends of humanist libraries…!
1) Ten gifts. All accounted for. And that, it seems, is the end of our story. Somebody who chose and whose neighbors chose to never identify spent the spring, summer and fall expressing her thanks for the continuing existence of libraries, museums and books in Scotland, ‘a tiny gesture,’ she called it. - Tiny, yes, but also, in its way, very grand.
2) The local newspaper recently speculated that a city art student was the sculptor. But for me, finding out would spoil the fun. In a strange way the anonymity feels like a collective voice speaking up for all who share a fondness for libraries, at a time when many need support.
Occupy Boston is not the only protest site with its own library. In New York, Occupy Wall Street has one, as do encampments in Los Angeles, Portland, Ore., and elsewhere. The library at Occupy Wall Street is more vulnerable to the elements because protesters there are not allowed to have tents.
WHAT ABOUT E-READERS? You’re talking to a curator of printed books. I have nothing against readers. I like to read the printed book.
‘I am a poet who wrote himself out when young and then went mad,’ Gascoyne said in later life. But he never lost his appetite for squibs and pamphlets. His library illustrates a life devoted to offbeat publications and unlikely enthusiasms.
There are names here that were once braided into contemporary literary consciousness, but now fallen into neglect: Kathleen Raine, Jeremy Reed and Pierre Jean Jouve. Every Printed Page is a snapshot of a lost world: numerous volumes of Penguin Poets, editions of now-forgotten little magazines. In the age of the app and the ebook, it’s hard to imagine such a world of print surviving another century.