Stolen Swedish books returned to their homeland

Two rare books, which were stolen from Sweden's National Library between 1995 and 2004, were retuned to Swedish officials during a repatriation ceremony in New York on July 24.

Stolen Swedish books returned
Henry Lewis’ Prarie on Fire illustration features in a rare German collection of the American artist's lithographs

The books were removed from the library by former head of manuscripts Anders Burius, who took his own life directly following his confession in 2004.

Yesterday, tomes Description of Louisiana (1683) by French explorer and missionary Louis Hennepin and a rare collection of Henry Lewis' lithographs (1854-1858) drawn from the collection of King Charles XV of Sweden, were returned to their rightful owners - the Swedish populace.

Preet Bharara, a New York district attorney, presented the two volumes to the library's CEO Gunilla Herdenberg at a ceremony in Manhattan. 

"I'm very happy to bring these books back to Sweden and to make them available for the public and for research again," Herdenberg announced following the handover.

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