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Rare books to be returned to Sweden after theft

Published tisdag 23 juli 2013 kl 21.03
The books were stolen from the National Library of Sweden by an employee. Photo: Holger Ellgaard / Creative Commons

Sweden is receiving two rare books back from the U.S. during a ceremony in Manhattan on Wednesday, according to news agency AFP.

The books, which used to belong to the Swedish royal family, were stolen from the Swedish National Library by the head of its manuscript department, Anders Burius.

Together, these two books - a 1683 "Description of Louisiana" and a German collection of illustrations of Mississippi from the mid 1800s - are worth about $100,000.

In all, Burius stole at least 56 books from the library between 1995 and 2004. Shortly after admitting to the thefts in 2004, he committed suicide.

Sold through the German auction house Ketterer Kunst, a number of the books went to buyers in the U.S., and the FBI has been working to find the stolen volumes.

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