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    Darwin’s notebooks were reported as stolen from Cambridge Library

    Cambridge University launched an appeal on Tuesday to find two precious notebooks written by Charles Darwin after they were reported as stolen. from the university library. The notebooks, estimated to be worth millions of pounds, include the scientist’s famous 19th century sketch “Tree of Life”. They had not seen each other since 2000, and for years library staff believed the manuscripts were likely misplaced in the vast archives.

    But after doing a thorough search, library staff now conclude that the notebooks are likely to have been stolen. The police are now investigating and Interpol has also been informed. “My predecessors sincerely believed that what happened was that these had been shelved or misfiled,” said Jessica Gardner, university librarian and director of library services. “We have now completely reviewed what happened as a new team and have come to the conclusion that this is not a sufficient position or a series of actions to be taken.” Staff recently searched the 189 boxes that make up the Darwin Archive, but were unable to locate the notebooks.

    Cambridge University Library has more than 130 miles of shelving and has around 10 million books, maps, manuscripts and other items. (AP) RUP RUP.

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    • “Now we have completely reviewed what happened as a new team and have come to the conclusion that it is not a sufficient position or a series of actions to be taken.” Staff recently searched the 189 boxes that make up the Darwin Archive, but were unable to locate the notebooks. Cambridge University Library has more than 130 miles of shelving and has around 10 million books, maps, manuscripts and other items. (AP) RUP RUP.
    • Darwin’s notebooks were reported as stolen from Cambridge Library
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