$52,858 Overdue Book Fine

I thought it was bad when my dog chewed up a borrowed book, but according to The Guardian, a book taken from a Virginia library during the American Civil War has been returned almost 145 years overdue.

The first volume of Sir William Francis Patrick Napier‘s four-book History of the War in the Peninsula and in the South of France was raided from the shelves of the Washington and Lee University library in Lexington, Virginia on June 11, 1864, by Union soldier CS Gates (no relation to these Gates). The book passed down through his family until coming into the hands of non-family member Mike Dau, of Lake Forest, Illinois.

Mr. Dau traveled to Virginia to personally return the book with the stipulation that he would not be required to pay the overdue fine. At the library’s current rate of $1 per day the fine would have equaled $52,858.

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About James A Woods
Freelance Writer, Constant Learner, Family Man

One Response to $52,858 Overdue Book Fine

  1. TexasRed says:

    Geez, and I’m afraid to show my face at my local library after a $1.50 fine!

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