7.10.2008

Death and Thievery in the 1890s

Here are some of the top stories about the publishing world for June 7, 1888.

From Publishers Weekly, issue 858.

LITERARY AND TRADE NOTES


THE announcement that the home of the late Louisa M. Alcott, of Concord, Mass., is to be sold, leads to the suggestion that it be bought by subscription and appropriately converted into a home for poor children as a memorial to the authoress so well beloved by young readers.

MONDAY, June 25, in the afternoon, while several customers were in the store of William Evarts Benjamin, 6 Astor Place, and the clerks at the rear, a respectably appearing person took from the shelf a copy of the large-paper edition in two volumes of the "Book of the Sonnet," by Leigh Hunt, finely bound in half brown crushed levant morocco, gilt tops, uncut. Price $12.50. The thief afterwards offered the books to J. Shea of 75 Nassau St. who refused to buy at the price asked, $5. The trade are requested to detain any person offering the books until an officer can be called. Mr. Benjamin expresses his intention of prosecuting if the thief is caught. It is a singular fact that, owing to mutual good feeling and a familiar knowledge of one another, the book-trade has of late years succeeded in apprehending and convicting all the thieves who have attempted to dispose of their booty.

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