Library book returned 120 years late

Arthur Boycott borrowed a copy of Dr William B Carpenter's The Microscope and its Revelations from Hereford Library in 1886 or thereabouts. His granddaughter, Alice Gillett, just returned it. The £7,446 late fine was waived, reports the BBC.

Mrs Gillett discovered the book while she was sorting through a collection of 6,000 books following the death of her husband earlier this year. On discovering the HCS library stamp inside the book, Mrs Gillett, who lives near Taunton, decided to return it.

"I can't imagine how the school has managed without it," she said.


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  1. Librarians know that to err is human so they'll forgive a fine.

  2. atl says:

    Arthur Boycott? That sounds like the fellow who would sign one of those "Dear Sir, I wish to complain on the strongest possible terms" letters in Monty Python's Flying Circus.

  3. His granddaughter was heard to say "I wish I'd never opened the damn safe! ".

  4. "Boycott" is a family name. The verb comes from Charles C. Boycott. He was an English land agent in 19th century Ireland who refused to reduce rents for his tenant farmers.

  5. Ironically, the book was then put on a pile of other books to be sold for a pittance at the quarterly sale of obsolete books removed from circulation.

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