A man with a stolen manuscript approached me today, what should I do?





My name is Boris Balkan and I once translated The Charterhouse of Parma. Apart from that, I’ve edited a few books on the nineteenth-century popular novel, my reviews and articles appear in supplements and journals throughout Europe, and I organize summer-school courses on contemporary writers. I wrote on Lupin, Raffles, Rocambole, Holmes, on Valle-Inclan, Baroja, and Galdos. Also "Dumas: the Shadow of a Giant", and your essay on The Count of Monte Cristo. Today a man visited me, a Lucas Corso, a dealer in rare books and manuscripts. He wanted my opinion on a manuscript - the handwritten ‘The Anjou Wine’, chapter 42 of the "Three Musketeers", by Alexandre Dumas pere. He wanted to know if it was original. It happens so that it is, and it is the writing of Dumas himself (and his collaborator). But I know for a fact that this manuscript is in a private collection and it's not for sale. I recognised it at once, I delivered it to the present owner myself. Corso refused to tell me how he came into this manuscript, of who was the seller. I am unsure as to what to do. I don't have any solid facts, is it feasible to go to the police? What should I do?



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4 Responses to “A man with a stolen manuscript approached me today, what should I do?”

  1. mowle says:

    I believe you should go to the police. If he refuses to tell you how he came about the manuscript then he probably has something to hide. More valuable manuscripts may be lost to people who can afford them with no idea that they shouldn’t possess them.

  2. dukakis says:

    Contact the present owner, ask if he still has the manuscript.It’s not your property. (funny though…)

  3. hydromagnesite says:

    *Yawn*In-jokes are so boring.

  4. unlit says:

    Good one. I loved The Club Dumas. ;-)