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Rare books from the 1830s stolen as they were on their way to new owner

PUBLISHED: 10:48 27 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:18 27 December 2017

A pair of rare Johnson's Dictionaries dating back to the 1830s were stolen in Norwich. Photo: Norfolk Police

A pair of rare Johnson's Dictionaries dating back to the 1830s were stolen in Norwich. Photo: Norfolk Police

Norfolk Police

Rare books dating back to the 1830s were stolen while on their way to a new owner in Norwich.

A pair of rare Johnson's Dictionaries dating back to the 1830s were stolen in Norwich. Photo: Norfolk PoliceA pair of rare Johnson's Dictionaries dating back to the 1830s were stolen in Norwich. Photo: Norfolk Police

It happened on December 5, at around 4.30pm, when a delivery driver stopped at an address in Aylesbury Close in the city.

When the driver left the vehicle a white man, aged between 25 and 35 years-old, stole the white Ford Transit van, with the number plate of YE60 TTZ, and drove off.

The books and the van, which contained other deliveries, are both still missing.

The books are a pair of Johnson’s Dictionaries dating back from the 1830s with an unusual floral design on the covers. It is thought they are worth around £300.

A pair of rare Johnson's Dictionaries dating back to the 1830s were stolen in Norwich. Photo: Norfolk PoliceA pair of rare Johnson's Dictionaries dating back to the 1830s were stolen in Norwich. Photo: Norfolk Police

They were recently purchased at auction and were en-route to their new owner when they were stolen whilst in transit.

Norfolk Police’s PC Jamie Willetts said: “These books may be unique and not the sort of thing you see every day. The owner is keen to get them back so I would ask people, especially those working in specialist book shops, to be vigilant in case they are offered for sale.”

Anyone with information should contact PC Willetts at Hurricane Way Police Station on 101.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

A pair of rare Johnson's Dictionaries dating back to the 1830s were stolen in Norwich. Photo: Norfolk PoliceA pair of rare Johnson's Dictionaries dating back to the 1830s were stolen in Norwich. Photo: Norfolk Police

A pair of rare Johnson's Dictionaries dating back to the 1830s were stolen in Norwich. Photo: Norfolk PoliceA pair of rare Johnson's Dictionaries dating back to the 1830s were stolen in Norwich. Photo: Norfolk Police

A pair of rare Johnson's Dictionaries dating back to the 1830s were stolen in Norwich. Photo: Norfolk PoliceA pair of rare Johnson's Dictionaries dating back to the 1830s were stolen in Norwich. Photo: Norfolk Police

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