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Rare book is the second high value collectible stolen in St Ives on New Years Eve, police reveal

By CMScott  |  Posted: January 24, 2013

"The Oberland and its Glaciers - a Photographic Study 1859"

"The Oberland and its Glaciers - a Photographic Study 1859"

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POLICE have revealed a second high value collectible - a precious leather-bound book - was stolen in St Ives on the same afternoon a rare Troika style vase was taken in the town.

On January 10 The Cornishman told how a Troika vase, one of only two in existence and worth nearly £350, was stolen from the Pisky Shop on New Year's Eve.

The distinctive piece - a tribute to the original Troika makers of the 1960s - was taken while the Fore Street shop was busy with browsers at around 3.45pm.

Now police say a second theft - with a similar modus operandi - has come to light.

Devon and Cornwall Police say The Oberland and its Glaciers - a Photographic Study is "a highly desirable and highly priced book" that was taken from the Oxfam Bookshop on Tregenna Hill.

The beautiful aged leather cover conceals a series of rare photographs taken in the 1850s and is thought to be worth in the region of £250.

The book is a first edition printed in 1866 by the publisher Alfred W Bennett. It is described as a large leather bound book with a cover measuring 12 inches by nine inches, with gilt edged pages and hand-stuck prints instead of photographs. 

The author is H B George and the illustrator is Ernest Edwards.

When the theft of the Troika came to light, police said they were seeking two men - one bald, around 5' 6" tall, aged around 50 and dressed in black; the other has black curly hair and is aged around 35.

Officers say they cannot definitely link the two thefts but nor can they rule out a link.

PC Simon Humphreys said: "We believe the book went earlier in the afternoon before the Troika was stolen. These are two high value thefts in St Ives in the same afternoon but I cannot link them. We don't know if they were linked or not.

"It's quite a unique book and if it's passing through people's hands we want them to be aware of it."

Anyone with any knowledge about the book should contact Penzance Police on 101 quoting reference AI/13/42.

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