: Ukraine's first printed book stolen from library

16:35 May. 16, 2016

Ukraine's first printed book stolen from library

The early printed book 'Apostle'. Photo courtesy - Wikipedia

'The Apostle' was published in the 16th century 

On May 10, the ancient folio 'The Apostle', which was published by pioneer printer Ivan Fedorov in 1574, disappeared from the rare book department of Ukraine's National Library named after Vernadsky.

This was stated by library Director Volodymyr Popik, Radio Liberty reports. According to him, criminal proceedings were started.

"We are in touch with investigative authorities, but we will not disclose details", Volodymyr Popik said.

However, Kyiv's national police officials said nobody reported the disappearance of any old printed book from the library. 

Earlier, Ukraine's Ministry of Culture issued warnings that early printed books might be stolen, says Oleksandr Morozov, head of the Rare Book Museum at Nizhyn Gogol State University.

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"Among the remaining editions, this book is a rarity. Therefore, theft should be made public to draw attention to an importance of storing rare literature even more carefully", Oleksandr Morozov added.

'The Apostle' has a great scientific and historical value, it is the first book printed in Ukraine. Around 100 copies of the book remain in the largest libraries of Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Bulgaria, U.S. and other countries up to date. The book contains church translation of "Acts and Epistles of the Apostles."

Earlier, Ukraine's security service found four paintings which had been stolen from the Dutch Westfries Museum in Hoorn


Ivan Fedorov, One of the fathers of Eastern Slavonic printing. Photo courtesy - Wikipedia

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