Stolen maps by Ptolemy found in Argentina
18 October 2007, MADRID - (AFP) - Two maps by the ancient Greek astronomer Claudius Ptolemy that were stolen from Spain's national library have been found in Argentina, police said Wednesday.
18 October 2007
MADRID - (AFP) - Two maps by the ancient Greek astronomer Claudius Ptolemy that were stolen from Spain's national library have been found in Argentina, police said Wednesday.
A lawyer went to Buenos Aires police on Tuesday with eight historical documents, including the two maps, that his client is believed to have taken from the library, Argentina's assistant police commissioner Marcelo Elaide told Spanish radio Cadena Ser.
The maps of the world came from two identical works by Ptolemy, who lived from 83 AD to 161 AD, and were printed in 1482 by Leinhart Holle in what is now the German city of Ulm. The objects were stolen on August 21.
The lawyer said his client, identified as Cesar Gomez Rivero, 60, a Spaniard of Uruguayan origin, asked to not be arrested in exchange for having returned the items, Elaide said.
Argentine police have located the suspect but have not arrested him since they have not received a request from Spain, he added.
Earlier Wednesday the head of Spain's national library, Milagros del Corral, told Spanish media that the man suspected of stealing the items had handed himself into police in Buenos Aires.
The library's previous director, prize-winning author Rosa Regas, resigned at the end of August in large part as a result of criticism over the theft.
Subject: Spanish news