Boston Public Library’s Stolen Maps Returned

The denouement of the Forbes Smiley affair, at least as far as the Boston Public Library is concerned, is covered in today’s Boston Globe: “More than 30 rare, antique maps stolen from the Boston Public Library by a Martha’s Vineyard map dealer were returned to the library in 2007, library president Bernard Margolis said this week, part of the conclusion of an international scandal that rocked the staid world of map collecting.” Smiley returned 31 maps and paid $7,000 in restitution for another map that could not be recovered; three other maps he took have not been located, and more than 30 additional maps, not linked to Smiley, remain missing. The article also addresses the Harvard thefts. Via MapHist.

(For more on the Smiley affair, see the many, many entries in the Map Thefts category. For more on the BPL map thefts, see these previous entries: BPL’s List of Missing Maps; Forbes Smiley Case: 10 Maps Missing at Boston Library.)