Last Updated on 8/3/2005 by bidz

Were treasured maps looted?
By Tonya Maxwell
Tribune staff reporter
July 28, 2005

“An X-Acto knife blade, dropped last month in a Yale University library, has the Newberry Library in Chicago and other top storehouses of antique maps around the nation scouring their collections to see if pages are missing from priceless old atlases.

The blade had been dropped by E. Forbes Smiley III, a well-known map dealer, at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, according to court documents. Librarians notified the security guards, who called in the university police. Officers arrested him on campus.”

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