Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Bibles placed and misplaced

When I checked the weird news this morning and then searched to find any similar stories, I was surprised to find 3 very recent items on a similar theme:

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.
A 17th c. wooden box surfaced from underneath a grand piano in a in Peterborough home. Inside the box, which bears the initials "W.K." and a skull and crossbones, were a King James Bible and a mirror which once belonged to the legendary Captain William Kidd (1654-1701). The items had been in the collection of pirate relics owned by Hubert Palmer until his death in 1949, when they passed to his housekeeper and nurse companion Elizabeth Dick, who sold them at auction in 1950. The leather-bound book is titled on the cover "Kidd's family bible, Pentland Farm, Leith, Edinburgh" and is reputed to be from the ship Adventure Galley. The lot, expected to fetch £800 - £1,200, is being auctioned on Saturday. Says Mark Hannam of Fieldings Auctioneers, “I’m sure there will be a lot of interest.” 
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