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A long-overdue history book has finally been returned to the California library from which it was on loan, almost a century late.
The book, Benson Lossing's A History of the United States, was published in 1881 and belonged to the St. Helena Public Library in Napa Valley.
A note inside the book, which was published in 1892, reads: 'This book may be kept for two weeks.'
It was due back on February 21, 1927 making it more than 96 years overdue.
A long-overdue history book has finally been returned to the California library from which it was on loan, almost a century late
A book was returned to the library it was borrowed from nearly 100 years ago
The book was due back on February 21, 1927 making it more than 96 years overdue
Benson Lossing's 'A History of the United States' was returned to the St Helena Public Library in California, 96 years after it was due back in February 1927
Previously, overdue fines for for the book were charged at 5 cents a day meaning the present day borrower, Jim Perry, would have owed around $1,756.
Luckily for him, the library decided to eliminate late fines in 2019.
Perry found the book while doing some spring cleaning. It was hidden in a box that belonged to his late wife, Sandra, according to the St Helena Star.
The book has been with the family for five generations and he believes his wife's grandfather, John McCormick, a descendant of one of St. Helena's oldest pioneer families, originally borrowed the book but forgot to return it.
Following McCormick's death in 1963, the book was handed down to his younger daughter, Babe Learned.
The book is now being treated as rare artifact and placed in a glass display case for all to see
The book was supposed to be returned on February 21, 1927 and was from