Major Rare Books Heist Near London Heathrow Airport

There is recent news of a major heist of 160+ rare books from a warehouse near London’s Heathrow Airport in the United Kingdom on January 29-30. The books, with an estimated value of upwards of $2.5 million, were being held in the warehouse during transport to the California International Antiquarian Book Fair. The heist is being described as a “Mission: Impossible-style” break-in that targeted rare fifteenth and sixteenth century scientific books. The list of books stolen include works by Nicolaus Copernicus, Isaac Newton, Galileo, and da Vinci, and more. The initial speculation reported in the media is that the thieves were looking for specific books, most likely for an unscrupulous collector.

Read more about the heist from the Mail on Sunday, who first broke the news or Business Insider. The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers’ Stolen-book.org has information about the titles stolen in the theft.

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