Dennis Tucker writes:
Here's a fun story for any book enthusiast.
The book, Facts I Ought to Know About the Government of My Country, can be found for $10 to $15, so by itself it's not a rare treasure. But in my mind the story behind this particular volume definitely warrants it being put in the library's special collection --- or even displayed, as a draw to attract people to visit.
I have plenty of old books in my collection that I bought for a few dollars on eBay or from bookshops. I read them for enjoyment and use them in my research. It's also nice to stop and think: At one point, this was a brand-new book, opened for the first time by someone in a "distant country" (as Dick Doty calls the America of yesteryear), possibly given as a gift on some special occasion, and consumed with relish in an era before radio shows, television, and the ever-present Internet.
A 75-year-old Mansfield man decided it was high time he returned a book his deceased mother had when she passed away, but he was a little nervous about the fine.
Still, Stanley Dudek brought the volume back to the New Bedford Library anyway, 99 years, seven months and 12 days overdue.
The book, "Facts I Ought to Know about the Government of My Country" indicated it should have been returned to the library on May 2, 1910.
Library staff, however, was thrilled to get the book back and, much to Dudek's relief, waived the fine, saying the volume was now a historical artifact that would be turned over to the curator and likely put in the library's special collection.
To read the complete article, see:
Man Returns Library Book 99 Years Overdue
THE BOOK BAZARRE
DAVID SKLOW - FINE NUMISMATIC BOOKS
the Q. David Bowers Research Library Sale Part I on February 13, 2010.
The Horace L.P. Brand original correspondence
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