I was witness to an interesting interaction a couple of weeks ago. A stolen manuscript was returned to the hands of the library which owned it. I'll give the background quickly:
Some time last year, a scandal erupted around Michel Garel, the curator of Hebrew manuscripts at the Bibliotheque Nationale
. It centered around an Ashkenazi copy of the Pentateuch,which David Sofer had bought at auction and then sold to someone else through Christie's. The manuscript turned out to be the remnants of a manuscript
from the BN itself. The story was widely
reported, and also elicited a fairly bewildering conspiracy theory
After months of legal negotiation, the manuscript itself was brought to a central location
, where the new curator from Paris examined it page by page. Together we checked to see that all the folios were in place and tried to read the various marginalia known to be in the manuscript. Well, the Pentateuch was almost complete, as were the Megillot, but the Haftarot had been cut out. Most of the marginal comments, many of which are in Latin, had been erased but were legible under ultra-violet light (and just barely without it). It was sad. When that was done, the lawyers were called in to witness the packaging of the manuscript in bubble-wrap and it was taken to a bank.