Saturday, August 6, 2011

Overdue





A list, in descending order, of notable library infractions:

Law of Nations and Commons Debates
Due: Nov. 2, 1789
New York Society Library, New York, N.Y., USA
Patron: George Washington
Not returned:
221 years overdue, but an identical edition of Law of Nations was sent from Mount Vernon to replace the missing book

History of England, Vol. 1 by Oliver Goldsmith
Borrowed: between 1796 and 1826
Federal Society Library, Camden, Maine, USA
Patron: Chuck Regan
Returned: May 2011, 185+ years overdue

Vol. 1 of 4-volume History of the War in the Peninsula and in the South of France From the Year 1807 to the Year 1814 by W.F.P. Napier
Stolen:
June 11, 1864
Leyburn Library, Washington & Lee University, Lexington, Virg., USA
Patron: C.S. Gates
Returned: Feb. 2009, 145 years after the theft

Insectivorous Plants by Charles Darwin
Borrowed: January 30, 1889
Camden Library, Sydney, N.S.W., AUS
Patron: Man who returned book to wrong library
Returned: June 2011, 122 years overdue

Antigone by Sophocles
Due: March 5, 1909
Suzzallo Library, University of Washington, Seattle, Wash., USA
Patron: Ralph Day Major
Returned: March 5, 2009, exactly 100 years overdue

Facts I Ought to Know about the Government of My Country
Due: May 2, 1910
New Bedford Public Library, New Bedford, Mass., USA
Patron: Mother of Stanley Dudek who died 10 years ago
Returned: Dec. 2009, 99 years later (
pictured)

Kim by Rudyard Kipling
Due: Aug. 29, 1927
Oakland Public Library, Oakland, Calif., USA
Patron: Marjorie Timm, who died in 1975
Returned: June 2005, 78 years overdue

A Dog of Flanders by Marie Louise de la Ramee
Borrowed: 1934
Mt. Clemens Public Library, Mt. Clemens, Mich., USA
Patron: Mark Mckee
Returned: Mar. 2010, 76 years overdue

Seaplane Solo
Due: 1936
Amador County Library, Sacramento, Calif., USA
Patron: Howard Severson
Returned: Oct. 2009, 74 years overdue

The Birth of Rome
Due: 1936
Chestnut Street Elementary School Library, Scottdale, Pa., USA
Patron: Thomas McArdle
Returned: Dec. 2009, 73 years overdue

The score of the musical "Rose Marie"
Borrowed: 1939
Cubitt Town Library, London, UK
Patron: Iris Chadwick
Returned: Aug. 2009, 70 years overdue

Sound and Symbol in Chinese

Borrowed: 1946
Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, Md., USA
Patron: John Wolfe
Returned: Dec. 2010, 65 years overdue

Knots, Splices and Fancy Work
Borrowed: 1957
Newcastle Region Library, Newcastle, N.S.W., AUS
Patron: Raymond McLaren
Returned: Nov. 1910, 53 years overdue

2 books by the Audubon Society
Due: 1959
Camelback High School Library, Phoenix, Ariz., USA
Patron: former student
Returned: Nov. 2009, 51 years overdue

Prince of Egypt
Borrowed: June 2, 1960
Hancock Michigan Public Library
Patron: Robert Nuranen
Returned: Jan. 2007, 46 years overdue

Quartermass and the Pit by Nigel Kneale
Due: Oct. 15, 1965
Dinnington Library, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK
Patron: Unknown
Returned: Mar. 2010, 45 years overdue

Samuel Pepys' Diary

Due: 1980
Wallington Library, London, UK
Patron: Ron Robb
Returned: Mar. 2011, 30 years overdue

The Dunwich Horror and Others by H.P. Lovecraft
Due: February 12, 1988
Wellington Library, Wellington, NZ
Patron: Undisclosed
Not returned: 23 years overdue

The libraries waived the fees, which amounted to thousands of dollars, but some patrons paid them voluntarily!

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