The New York dealer Jonathan Hill is selling three pretious printed books (including a Kepler book - price at a Reiss auction in 2012 144,000 Euro, now more than 181,000 Euro) from the Stralsund grammar school library. See my article on the Causa Stralsund at http://kulturgut.hypotheses.org/334. He has provided the EXLIBRIS list moderator with the following notice which has been posted in the list:
While it is always sad when libraries sell their books and then have regrets, it is important to remember that the Stralsund library sold their books by their own choice, officially and with a legal contract between the library and the purchaser. I, in turn, acquired three books from the Stralsund library at a public German auction at which the Stralsund library had every chance to participate.
If the Stralsund library wants these three books back, I would be happy to sell them at my purchase prices.
I have answered the following:
[I apologize that in an earlyer version and in the EXLIBRIS list I have used not appropriate words.]
The Mecklenburg-Vorpommern supervisory authority has declared that the contract was unlawful, null and void:
"Seitens des für Archivrecht zuständigen Ministeriums für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur verstößt die Veräußerung des besagten Buchbestandes gegen § 12 Landesarchivgesetz i.V.m. § 6 Abs. 1 der Satzung für das Stadtarchiv der Hansestadt Stralsund, was zur Nichtigkeit des Vertrages gem. § 134 BGB führt."
Until November 20, 2012 nobody of the Stralsund officials could know that books from the illegaly dispersed grammar school library have been auctioned in the Reiss autumn auctions around October 30, 2012. On November 18, 2012 I got an anonymous tip and could publish on November 20 in my blog the fact (previously unknown) that estimated 190+ books from the Stralsund library had been sold at Reiss. The Stralsund provenance had been deliberately concealed.
According German law Mr. Hill is legally owner of the auctioned volumes. […] illegal activities which have seriously damaged an important historical library collection. Public prosecutors investigate against the former director of the Stralsund archives from which the library never should have been removed.
"The practice of taking apart medieval manuscripts and selling the pages individually has a long history – and in some cases their are items from the Middle Ages where we only have a page or less remaining from the original. However, one should be cautious about buying medieval manuscripts in that way, as it can lead to the destruction of the item. As one commentator puts it: “Would you cut a Picasso in small pieces because you can get more money by selling individual pieces over the whole painting?”"
— Medieval Manuscripts for Sale
"The Ukrainian Center for Museum Development reported today that the Kiev History Museum’s collections have been ransacked in Ukrainsky Dom, as the situation in Kiev continues to escalate into brutal violence. Security forces had seized the government building from protesters yesterday. The looting appears to have been done overnight after protesters and staff had left."
— City collection ‘ransacked’ as Kiev erupts in violence - The Art Newspaper
"No, not that “Breaking Bad”! In fact, this writer confesses to having never seen the television series. Rather, this post concerns the practice of “breaking,” that is, disbinding a book or manuscript and dispersing the individual leaves, plates, or sections. The breaker believes that, at least in some instances, a book or manuscript is worth more broken up than intact. Breaking up a book or manuscript may increase its monetary value, enhance its pedagogical utility, result in irreparable harm to the cultural record, or paradoxically, all of the above."
— This Just In: Breaking Bad | Notes from Under Grounds
"Books giving accounts of some of the sensational trials of the 18th century are to be sold at Bonhams on 5 March as part of the sale of rare and historic European law books from the collection of the Los Angeles County Law Library."
— Witchcraft, Murder, Slavery: 18th-Century Trial Accounts at Bonhams - In The News
"An important archive of material relating to William Penn and his family over several generations is to be sold at Bonhams Gentleman’s Library Sale in London on 28th January. The 25 lots, which are being offered individually, are estimated to make a total of up to £40,000. William Penn is a significant figure in American history. He founded what is now the state of Pennsylvania on land given to him by the English King Charles II in settlement of a debt. A prominent Quaker, Penn was a strong advocate of both democratic freedoms and religious tolerance, beliefs he applied when he landed in America in 1682 to take possession of his lands. Many of the principles he laid down in the framework of government for the new Province of Pennsylvania were later enshrined in the US constitution."
— Family Archives of William Penn for Sale at Bonhams - In The News
"The Fisheries Act went through a major overhaul in 2012. At the time, critics said it was to get rid of environmental elements of the act that hindered the government’s plans for resource development and export. One of those critics was Tom Siddon, the former federal fisheries minister in Brian Mulroney’s Progressive Conservative government. He was responsible for the last major overhaul of the Fisheries Act that introduced many of the environmental protections that were taken out of the act in 2012. “I call it [closing libraries] Orwellian, because some might suspect that it’s driven by a notion to exterminate all unpopular scientific findings that interfere with the government’s economic objectives,” Siddon told the CBC. Siddon suggests striking an independent panel to determine the relevance and importance of the documents. “You do not extinguish national libraries of knowledge or history in an arbitrary way any more than the government would be allowed to extinguish the record of cabinet deliberations or to burn the books of Hansard,” he added."
— Fisheries and Oceans library closings called loss to science - Politics - CBC News
"Scientists are calling it “libricide.” Seven of the nine world-famous Department of Fisheries and Oceans [DFO] libraries were closed by autumn 2013, ostensibly to digitize the materials and reduce costs. But sources told the independent Tyee in December that a fraction of the 600,000-volume collection had been digitized. And, a secret federal document notes that a paltry $443,000 a year will be saved. The massacre was done quickly, with no record keeping and no attempt to preserve the material in universities. Scientists said precious collections were consigned to dumpsters, were burned or went to landfills."
How the Harper Government Committed a Knowledge Massacre. Capt. Trevor Greene, Huffington Post
Things are not okay in Canada. What aren’t more people talking about this? ”Scientists said precious collections were consigned to dumpsters, were burned or went to landfills." The destroyed multiple generations of research! From internationally recognised institutions! They fucking burned it!
They didn’t let anyone try to preserve the materials! They wanted it to be gone. This isn’t some accidental loss. They went in and burned the research, because it doesn’t fit with their goals for people to be able to know anything.. “Hundreds of years of carefully compiled research into aquatic systems, fish stocks and fisheries from the 1800s and early 1900s went into the bin or up in smoke.”
this is giing me MUSCLE SPASMS it is making m y hands twitch
As a trained librarian, this just makes me want to cry. So much knowledge and information just lost. I hate these fuckers and everyone who thinks that just destroying information is A-OK.