July 2, 2012 - Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.
A 19th c. Bible was found on a public bench in the capital last week. An edition of the Rev. John Eadie Illustrated National Family Bible (example above), the large book was published in the 1860s and is estimated to be worth £1000. It is Moroccan-bound with brass clasps and an embossed logo on the cover. Lothian and Borders Police are attempting to reunite the Bible with its owner, and suggest, "It is likely that someone has misplaced the bible and forgotten about it, so we would urge anyone who owns a copy of this bible to check that they still have it."
July 2, 2012 - Sequim, Washington, U.S.A.
A 19th c. pictorial family Bible turned up in a donation bag at the local Goodwill thrift store. Entitled The Parallel Bible, it dates from 1886, contains 3,000 illustrations, and weighs a whopping 17lbs. Even though it is tattered, the book is valued at somewhere between $500 and $2,000. Inside the Bible are an 1887 inscription to William H. Duvall from his son, a lock of hair, and some pressed flowers. It has been on exhibit and won't be put on the shelves, says Brandi Donovan (photo here), who took it in. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime find. I wouldn’t sell something as unique as this."
July 3, 2012 - Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, U.K.