When rummaging through old things, it’s always fun to find stuff that you didn’t know was there in the first place. Whether it’s going through old photos, books, or letters, you’re always going to notice something you hadn’t before. In Patrick Marrin’s case, a book investigation lead to a unique and helpful find.
Marrin, of Marrin’s Bookshop, was called to check out some books of a relative of a friend who had passed away. Upon looking at these books, he realized that they were from the London Library and had been borrowed over 50 years ago!
The books covered topics from the plague, to witchcraft and astrology. The owner had even attempted to remove the library stamps! Marrin told The Guardian:
“People will use sandpaper to do this and make holes in the pages, or just tear out the pages – they had been mutilated. But one of the volumes consisted of a lot of little pamphlets and single sheets, on which I found one complete stamp. I know the London Library never sells anything, so it was their property. It’s difficult to say how and when [the attempts to remove the stamps] happened, but it’s quite likely the books were going to be sold.”
The books that were kept in the wardrobe were:
-the 1736 text, A Discourse on Witchcraft
-the 1680 text, The Most Sacred and Divine Science of Astrology by JBBD, a Protestant Minister of the True, Antient, Catholick and Apostolick Faith of the Church of England
-the 1722 work, The First Part of the Treatise of the Late Dreadful Plague in France Compared With That Terrible Plague in London, in the Year 1665
–The Age of the World Collected in All Its Periods by JS, published in 1707
–A Collection of Letters by His Excellency General George Monk Relating to the Restoration of the Monarchy, published in 1714
–The True-Born English-man. A Satyr, published in 1708
–The Famous History of the Seven Champions of Christendom, published in 1696.
Although the books are 50 years late, the London Library doesn’t charge any fees and will not bill the family of the person who kept them. Marrin will return the books to the London Library and all will be right with the world.
Images courtesy of The Guardian