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Antiquarian books worth £2 million stolen

 12/02/2017

Antiquarian books worth £2 million have been stolen in a daring raid. A gang made off with more than 160 rare books after abseiling into the warehouse near Heathrow Airport, where the books were being stored ahead of the California Book Fair. 

One dealer lost £680,000 of books in the heist, which happened in the early hours of Jan 30, while the "jewel" in the haul was a 1566 copy of Nicolaus Copernicus's De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium worth around £215,000. There were also early works by Italian scientist Galileo, Isaac Newton, Leonardo da Vinci and a 1569 edition of Dante’s Divine Comedy.

One source told the newspaper: “They would be impossible to sell to any reputable dealer or auction house.” 

Anyone with information should contact police via 101, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously.
 
Antiquarian books worth £2 million have been stolen in a daring raid. A gang made off with more than 160 rare books after abseiling into the warehouse near Heathrow Airport, where the books were being stored ahead of the California Book Fair.