Be on the lookout for these sf and fantasy books stolen in August 2012 from Temple University Libraries’ Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection:
Asimov, Isaac. Currents of Space. 1952. First edition.
Asimov, Isaac. Foundation. 1951. First, with d.j.
Asimov, Isaac. Foundation and Empire. 1952. First, with d.j.
Burroughs, Edgar Rice. Tarzan of the Apes. Chicago, McClurg, 1914. 1st.
Dick, Philip. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? 1968. First, d.j.
Lovecraft, H. P. Beyond the Wall of Sleep. Arkham House, 1943. d.j.
Lovecraft, H. P. Notes and Commonplace Book… 1938.
Lovecraft, H. P. The Outsider and Others. Arkham House, 1939.
Lovecraft, H. P. The Shunned House. Recluse Press, 1928.
Verne, Jules. 7 Hetzel editions:
Claudius Bombarnac … [1892?]
L’ile Mysterieuse .. [1875?]
Mathias Sandorf. 1885.
Mirifiques Aventures de Maitre Antifer. 
Le Tour du Monde en Quatre-vingts Jours. [1890?]
Une Ville Flottante …. 1872.
After seeing what’s on the list, I suggest that if everyone in Philadelphia keeps a close eye on their copies of Asimov’s Second Foundation the miscreant will be caught when he tries to find out how the story ends.
Seriously, if you have information about these volumes please contact either Thomas M. Whitehead, Rare Books & Literary Manuscripts, at [email protected], or Margery Sly, Director of Special Collections, at [email protected]. 215-204-8230 and 215-204-1455 respectively.
[Thanks to John King Tarpinian for the story.]
If I find them, I’ll return them… except the Asimovs, of course.
A good selection of rarities; I suggest someone watch eBay as well. More than a few thefts have been caught because the cuplrit has decided to have material auctioned off.
I don’t think I’d ever steal a book for money. Most are not valuable enough to make the risk worthwhile. The only right and proper reason to steal a book is because you *want* it!
The numbers and values taken seems a bit at odds for an individual want.
Pfui – those aren’t rare & valuable. Now this: http://www.peterharrington.co.uk/pages/events-and-fairs-ph/news/ is rare and valuable.
In case the content in the above link changes, a direct link: http://www.peterharrington.co.uk/pages/events-and-fairs-ph/lord-byron-copy-of-frankenstein/
A unique copy, and should be compared with the Forry Ackerman owned DRACULA signed by Bram Stoker and Bela Luigosi.