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US returns stolen 17th century books to Sweden

Two antique books dating back to the 17th century, stolen in Stockholm in the 1990s and sold to Americans by a German auction house were returned to Sweden, US officials saidTwo antique books dating back to the 17th century, stolen in Stockholm in the 1990s and sold to Americans by a German auction house, were returned to Sweden on Wednesday. US authorities handed back the books, intercepted by the FBI from a rare book store in Manhattan and from Cornell University, to the National Library of Sweden at a ceremony in New York. The work by Italian architect Nicola Sabbatini, printed in 1638, is about stage craft and theater machinery, and “Oculus” by Bavarian physicist Christopher Scheiner is about the history of optics.

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