The photo below shows librarian Greg Priore at the library in 1999. It is to be hoped that this investigation clears Caliban of wrongdoing. Of those items, dozens were recovered in the Caliban Book Shop Warehouse in Wilkinsburg during searches there in August, court records show. The theft hands the library a major smack-down to its reputation. Only a dozen complete sets are known to exist. We buy and sell books, autographs, photographs, printed material, and original art. Information on the theft has been slowly trickling out.
. Library patrons at the main branch in Oakland are largely students, working people, and families that seek a quiet refuge where they can get work done or pass the time. According to the complaint, several of the items missing were discovered to be sold or advertised for sale by or through Caliban Books. Obviously, the library does not want the theft of books most people never knew they had to be advertised. A criminal investigation began in late June 2017 after administrators at the library filed a complaint. As someone who spent about four years living in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh while an undergraduate student at Carnegie Mellon University, this was a surprising and disheartening turn. The affidavit also says Schulman sometimes requested specific items from the Oliver Room.
In June 2017, library officials contacted authorities and fired Priore. I owe it to him to stand up for him when the opportunity arises, as you would do for friends of your own, please know that very good people work at this book store and it's easy to fall into the hype and flames being fanned by Pittsburgh publications. Lawyers for the men did not return messages seeking comment. They were all sentenced to seven years in prison. According to an affidavit of probable cause attached to several warrants, Mr.
Authorities Friday charged former Carnegie Library rare books manager Gregory Priore and bookstore owner John Schulman with theft, conspiracy and other counts in the disappearance of hundreds of items. I believe my friend who trusts that the story about what happened concerning the sale of certain stolen books is a lot more complicated than it would seem. Schulman's name and reputation are dragged so carelessly into this article. Here are some excerpts from the comments. The alleged scheme started unraveling last year when appraisers began a routine audit commissioned by the library and discovered that items were missing or damaged since the last audit in 1991. Library archivist Greg Piore was arrested in mid-July, along with co-owner of the Caliban Book Shop, John Shulman, after being charged with criminal conspiracy and theft. The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, though certainly a lovely building, does not match up to this expectation.
I loved that room, my whole working life, and greed came over me. The payment was sent to an email address of rarebkstore hotmail. Our prices tend to be 25% lower than online sellers, and we have a basement full of paperback fiction, mysteries, science-fiction all priced way below retail. A Carnegie Library employee, Jennifer Jarvis, told investigators that in the early 2000s, while she was working in the closed stacks area of the library, she saw Schulman looking at books with Priore, although she knew that area was closed to the public. According to the complaint Priore would remove maps, plates and books from the Oliver Room and Schulman would buy them from him personally and sell them through Caliban.
Of those items, dozens were recovered in the Caliban Book Shop Warehouse in Wilkinsburg during searches there in August, court records show. There is no new information on the numismatic literature held there, but the former archivist and a local bookseller are under investigation in the case. Other folks have posted articles in the comments here. I don't know what odd interpretation of laws brought the situation about, but apparently readers in the E. They went straight to the Oliver Room of rare books, changed the locks and sealed the door; it was now a crime scene. Gregory Priore, who was terminated from the library on June 28, 2017, and John Schulman, who co-owns Caliban Book Shop, are under investigation for theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief, according to hundreds of pages of documents unsealed Thursday in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court. Attached to the message was a copy of a memo on Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh letterhead, dated March 5, 2014, and purportedly written by Mr.
Police allege the shop was a repository for stolen books. Well, there goes that aura of positivity. Booksellers are regularly asked to purchase materials from, or to sell materials on behalf of, libraries. March 19, 2018 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Also recovered were maps and plates and loose pages believed to have been cut from books in the collection.
This is the front page of Pittsburgh's place on the internet, curated by our community. But as this case would suggest, the books are merely the means to the end of profit, raw materials for the machine to churn through. Since its birth in a Yale dormitory more than 40 years ago, Arader Galleries has grow into one of the the world's largest and finest collections of Rare Maps, Atlases, Color Plate Books, Prints, Natural History Watercolors, Original Works, Globes, and more. John Schulman, owner of in Oakland, sold them at his store and on eBay. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.