Jennifer Lowe in EXLIBRIS:
“1) Most dramatically, L’Espresso provides heartbreaking footage of the looted Girolamini. (Scroll past the first paragraph.)
2) The antidote, if you can call it that, is that the Girolamini church complex, including the library, has been placed under the protection of the Italian Ministry of Culture, which has pledged €10m to restore the site.
3) Herbert Schauer of auction house Zisska & Schauer was extradited to Italy on November 5th and is now in prison in Rebibbia, a suburb of Rome. Prosecutors believe he was aware of the origin of the books consigned to him by De Caro’s accomplices. 2,700 books have been recovered by international investigators, but an estimated 1,300 remain in circulation.
4) Fabrizio Govi, President of the Association of Antiquarian Booksellers of Italy, registered a protest against the authorities for failing to provide a list of stolen books and showing no immediate concern about the circulation of forgeries.
5) Keep your eyes peeled for a forthcoming New Yorker article on the De Caro thefts and forgeries by staff writer Nicholas Schmidle, who was conducting interviews back in July and said to expect the article to run sometime this fall.”